Nunavik, the northernmost part of the Province of Quebec, is the cradle of contemporary Inuit art, which made its debut on the art market towards the end of the 1940s. Since then, sculptors from this area mostly depict realistic and narrative scenes in their art. Although animals remain an important subject, hunting scenes as well as traditional and mythological representations are predominant. The most abundant raw material of the region is gray steatite (often called “soapstone”), which is soft and easy to carve. When polished, it can be engraved very delicately.