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Big Pictures: A kaleidoscopic portrait of the North

This is part of The North, a Globe investigation of unprecedented change to the climate, culture and politics of Canada's last frontier. Join the conversation with #GlobeNorth

Photographer Peter Power and feature writer Ian Brown spent a month exploring communities along the Northwest Passage, hunting for muskox, viewing mining projects and speaking with local artists and entrepreneurs. Through his lens, Power brings those stories to life, capturing the stark beauty of the North's landscape and people.

Tents heated by oil stoves shelter many of the workers at the temporary Baffinland Mary River mine site in northern Nunavut.

Ray Brake, from Marystown, Nfld. works on a new housing complex in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Nov. 11, 2013.

A carpenter works the dayshift to complete the permanent workers' camp at the Baffinland Mary River mine site, Nunavut, Nov. 12, 2013.

With the income from his carvings, Inuk artist Toonoo Sharkey is able to support about 40 people in his extended family.

Residents refer to the metal dump on the outskirts of Cape Dorset, Nunavut as Canadian Tire because it is a good source for spare parts.

A polar bear skin is stretched to dry outside a home in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. On average a polar bear hide sells for $1000 a foot.

Kids will be kids. Miranda Idlout and Suya Komangapik show up at the Qarmartalik School in Resolute Bay, Nunavut dressed as princesses.

Youth at an all-ages dance at the community centre in Igloolik, Nunavut move to the heavy beat of a song that mixes traditional music with modern rap.

Children react as a game participant pulls a length of wool hopefully attached to a prize during a dance at the community centre in Igloolik, Nunavut on Nov. 23, 2013.

Young and old, some more enthusiastic than others, participate in a Roman Catholic Sunday service in Igloolik, Nunavut.

Inuk elder Thomas Ungataq, 73 entertains his family by demonstrating how to hold onto a walrus after spearing it with a sakku on a leather lanyard.

Elder Josephine Ungataq smiles while showing some of the items she sews using traditional methods.

Elder Susan Avingaq, 73, who was born in an igloo, tends to qulliq oil lamps inside a traditional sod house recently completed just outside the town of Igloolik, Nunavut.

A kettle is heated above one of four qulliqs lit to warm the inside of a traditional sod hut.

Inuk teenager Gavin Greenley, 17, a New York Knicks fan and captain of his high school basketball team in Cambridge Bay, wears wolfskin mitts while on a muskox hunt.

Some homes, known locally in Inuvik, NWT as the "Smartie Box Houses," are vacant because of mould and lead paint contamination.

A composite photo using 361 separate exposures form a time lapse of the stars as they rotate around the north star on Nov. 26, 2013.

The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, appear in the southern sky as seen from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The old stone church was completed in 1954 using mortar made from seal oil and sand.
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