Etidlooie Etidlooie (1911 – 1981)
Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
“Born in 1911, Etidlooie lived most of his life in camps around Cape Dorset. While he began making drawings in the early 1960s, soon after he and his family moved into the settlement, he didn’t really devote a great deal of time to art until much later. For most of his life, Etidlooie was occupied with being a good hunter and provider…Around 1976 Etidlooie’s involvement with art increased significantly. At that time he began to draw in the small studio set up by the West Baffin Co-op adjacent to the print workshops.
A number of other artists, including his wife Kingmeata, Pudlo Pudlat and Lucy Qinnuayuak, were also working there. This was a productive time for everybody. Etidlooie, for example, made over 500 drawings from then until his death in 1981. In these drawings he explored a wide range of subjects– legends, traditional ways, Cape Dorset as it used to be in the early days, the modern community, technology, fantasy–and gave them his own unique interpretation.” – Inuit Arts and Crafts, Dec. 1984