Piona Keyuakjuk (1960 -)
Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada
Although now calling Pangnirtung home, Piona grew up at Nunatak, an island located in the north part of Cumberland Sound. As a child, Piona spent many hours watching both of his parents carving and drum-making, learning these art forms through observation. Piona has created prints that are available at Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts. His favorite carvings encompass traditional activities and animals: drum dancers, kayakers, narwhal, seals, and even Arctic hare. Following the example of his parents, Piona has a traditional carving style and uses solely hand tools to create images from his past.