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The Inuit Mind

I have never understood how it is that a culture who live in a largely desolate environment often completely devoid of color would create such colorful, complex geometric patterns in their art.

Can you spot the out-of-place bead? Where in the Inuit mind do these designs come from?

I bought these beaded items from an Inuit woman in Greenland in 1986. My recollection is that I paid five dollars a piece for them. I wish I had been able to ask her how long it took her to make them.

The first piece (on the left) has a single bead which appears to be out of place. This is most certainly not a mistake – more likely the artist’s unique “signature”. Can you find it? (Hint: The bead can only be seen on the full-size view.)

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