Inuit Artists

Agnes Nanogak Goose

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Agnes Nanogak Goose and her family settled in Holman when she was fourteen years old. Through her father, who was from Nome, Alaska, and her mother, a Mackenzie Delta Inuit, she received two different cultural influences that would later feed her imagination and become the source of a rich artistic output.

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Alan Alikatuktuk

Pangnirtung

Alan Alikatuktuk grew up in Paallavvik, near Broughton Island ans is the youngest of five children. Three of his siblings are artists: Annie Pitsiulak and Ananaisie Alikatuktuk, and Thomasie Alikatuktuk was a well-known printmaker.

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Ame Papatsie

Pangnirtung

Ame Papatsie from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, is a passionate Inuit artist, story teller, tour guide, designer and illustrator of childrens’ books. Ame is famous for his technique of drawing simultaneously with both hands in perfect symmetry.

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Ananaisie Alikatuktuk

Pangnirtung

Ananaisie Alikatuktuk was a graphic artist and carver who produced hundreds of drawings for the archives held at the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts in Pangnirtung. Ananaisie passed away in January 2007 in Pangnirtung after a long illness.

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Andrew Qappik, RCA

Pangnirtung

Andrew Qappik was born in 1964 in Nunataq, a camp about 40 miles from the east Baffin Island settlement of Pangnirtung, he moved with his parents into the community when he was a young child. When a printmaking workshop was established in the hamlet in 1973, young Andrew watched the experienced artists, especially his uncles Solomon and Imoona Karpik, who encouraged him to create his own drawings.

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Annie Kilabuk

Pangnirtung

Annie Kilabuk was part of the group of elders in Pangnirtung who spent their formative years in nomadic camps. Born at Qimmisuuq camp, she was 36 when she moved to Pangnirtung and started to do embroidery, which led to drawing.

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Annie Pitsiulak

Pangnirtung

Annie’s husband is sculptor and graphic artist Lipa Pitsiulak. She is the sister of graphic artists Alan and Ananaisie Alikatuktuk.

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Aoudla Pudlat

Cape Dorset

Aoudla has exhibited with the Cape Dorset Graphics collection from 1980-1989, with the exception of 1985. As well he has participated in “Emerging Canadian Artists” in 1981. His exhibitions also include: “Dorset Lithos ’83 – A new direction”, “Inuit Art at Rideau Hall ’83-’84”, and “Die Kunst Aus der Arktis ’86”.

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Cee Pootoogook

Cape Dorset

Cee Pootoogook was born on August 1, 1967. Around 1990, Cee began carving and he developed a solid reputation for his curious and well executed depictions of spirits and transformations.

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David Armstrong

Pangnirtung

David Armstrong – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Davidee Akpalialuk

Pangnirtung

Davidee Akpalialuk – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Eena Angmarlik

Pangnirtung

Eena Angmarlik was born outside of Pangnirtung in a camp called Nunataa. She has been drawing from an early age and was able to take her drawing skills to a new level when she took a printmaking course at the Uqqurmiut Center for Arts & Crafts in Pangnirtung in 2010.

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Eleeshushe Parr

Cape Dorset

Eleeshushe Parr was married to famous sculptor and printmaker Parr. They raised nine children together and worked to become some of the most prolific artists in Cape Dorset. The couple led a nomadic lifestyle until the 1960’s, when Parr’s husband grew too old to hunt, and they settled in Cape Dorset. She contributed to the Cape Dorset Graphics annual collection between 1966 and 1970 and participated in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States and in Sweden producing over 1,160 drawings.

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Elisapee Ishulutaq, OC

Pangnirtung

Elisapee Ishulutaq was born in 1925 at Kagiqtuqjuaq, one of several small seasonal camps situated near Pangnirtung (also known as Panniqtuq) on Baffin Island. Although Europeans had been present in the region since the mid-19th century, the world she grew up in was still intensely traditional…

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Elsie Klengenberg

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Elsie Klengenberg was one of the first artists to learn and develop the stenciling technique that is used to great effect in Holman today. She is a member of a family that is well known in the western Arctic, for historical as well as artistic reasons. Her father, Victor Ekootak), was one of the pioneer artists in the early 1960s.

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Enookie Akulukjuk

Pangnirtung

Enookie Akulukjuk was born in 1943 in Illunganjuit (Bon Accord). The son of Malaya Akulukjuk, one of Pangnirtung’s most famous artists, he resided in Pangnirtung since 1964. Enookie was among the first printmakers to take up the art after it was introduced in Pangnirtung in the early 1970s.

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Evie Anilniliak

Pangnirtung

Evie Anilniliak was born in 1927 and lived in Sauniqtuuraajuk as a child. She relocated permanently to Pangnirtung with her husband in 1965 so that the children could attend school. Her testimony includes information regarding dog use.

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Françoise Oklaga

Baker Lake

Françoise Oklaga was the sister of Cape Dorset artists Pudlo and Ooshutsiak Pudlat, but she was adopted at an early age and grew up in the area of Chesterfield Inlet. In 1975 she moved to Baker Lake and was intrigued by the active art scene in the community. Over 15 years she created many original works on paper, although only a few were rendered into prints for the annual Baker Lake print collections in the 1980s.

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Gabriel Bourassa

Pangnirtung

Gabriel Bourassa grew up in Pangnirtung, and left to attend school in Yellowknife. He moved back to Pangnirtung in 1998 and has been there ever since.

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Geela Maniapik

Pangnirtung

Geela Maniapik – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Geetaloo Akulukjuk

Pangnirtung

Geetaloo Akulukjuk – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Gyta Eeseemaillie

Pangnirtung

Gyta Eeseemaillie – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Hannah Kigusiuq

Baker Lake

Born near Garry Lake in the Central Canadian Arctic, Hannah Kigusiuq grew to adulthood living much the same as her Inuit ancestors had before her—residing in snow houses in the winter and skin tents in the summer. Married as a very young woman, Kigusiuq remembers travelling on the land and following the Arctic game animals in order to survive.

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Harold Qarliksaq

Baker Lake

Qarliksaqls parents, Utak and Qajaviniq, were Hanningajuqmiut from Hanningajuq, located 150 miles northwest of Baker Lake. Urak and Qajaviniq also travelled in search of caribou and fish in the Akiliniq area. Qarliksaq married Martha Apsaq ([930-1995), who became a talented textile artist known for her embroidered wall hangings.

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Haunak Mikkigak

Cape Dorset

A daughter of graphic artist Mary Kudjuakjuk, Qaunaq grew up traditionally on the land and began to make small carvings after her father’s death when she was still a girl. She married Oqutaq Mikkigak; they were encouraged by James and Alma Houston to make carvings.

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Ida Karpik

Pangnirtung

Ida Karpik was acknowledged internationally for her unique prints and drawings. Karpik left her mark on both the hamlet and arts community. She began to draw seriously in 1974 and worked for 28 years producing hundreds of original drawings on paper, showing different aspects of traditional Inuit life, birds and animals.

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Irene Avaalaaqiaq

Baker Lake

Born in 1941 in the Kazan River area, Avaalaaqia moved to Baker Lake in 1958, where she still lives. Avaalaaqiaq is one of this country’s most prominent Inuit artists and a leading member of the prolific artistic community of Baker Lake in the new Canadian arctic territory of Nunavut, has enjoyed a distinguished thirty-year career.

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Iyola Kingwatsiak

Cape Dorset

Iyola Kingwatsiak’s wife is a graphic artist. Several of his siblings are or were also artists in Cape Dorset. His sister the late Tye Adla (1936-1990) was a carver and graphic artist.

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Jacoposie Tiglik

Pangnirtung

Jacoposie Tiglik – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Jamasie Mike

Pangnirtung

Jamasie Mike – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Jamasie Teevee

Cape Dorset

Jamasie began to draw in the early 1960s while living in an Inuit Camp on the coastline of southern Baffin Island. During that time, he concentrated primarily on the copper engraving technique, ferrying copper plates back and forth between his campsite and the co-operative in Cape Dorset.

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Janet Kigusiuq

Baker Lake

Janet Kigusiuq is best known for her graphics but has also gained significant recognition in the medium of fabric art. She was born in the Back River area of the Keewatin region of the Northwest Territories and is the eldest daughter of Jessie Oonark. Oonark was one of Baker Lake’s—and Canada’s—most distinguished artists.

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Jessie Oonark, RCA, OC

Baker Lake

Jessie Oonark, “Una,” OC, artist (born 1906 in the Back River area, NWT [now Nunavut]; died 2 March 1985 in Churchill, MB). Jessie Oonark was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1975, and was awarded the Order of Canada in 1984. In 1987 the Art Gallery of Ontario presented a major retrospective of her work and her largest work, Untitled (1973) (a wool and felt piece, four by six metres) has hung intermittently ever since in the foyer of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

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Joanasie Papatsie

Pangnirtung

Joanasie Papatsie – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Joe Talirunili

Puvirnituq

Joe Talirunili was one of the founders of the Puvirnituq print shop. Common themes in Joe’s works included hunting trips and migration scenes. Joe is perhaps best known for his work called “Migration” which portrays one of his childhood experiences, when families set sail in an umiak (large sealskin boat) to travel to better hunting grounds.

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Joelee Maniapik

Pangnirtung

Joel Maniapik, Saa Pitsiulak, and their son Mosesie in front of the tapestry hanging in the legislative assembly.

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Jolly Atagooyuk

Pangnirtung

Jolly is dedicated to keeping his culture strong through artwork. Much of the strength of the print tradition thriving in his home community of Pangnirtung, Nunavut Territory, can be attributed to Jolly’s talent, enthusiasm and generosity.

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Josea Maniapik

Pangnirtung

Josea Maniapik – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Josephee Kakee

Pangnirtung

We started drawing together, but from the very first, Josephee had his own style. He wanted Lo show the clothes people wore, and the way they used to hunt. In ‘Camping Inland’,…as in many of his drawings, two people are seen on the land. Some of those are we two, Josephee and Martha. He also loved to draw children, and remembered all their games of old.

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Jutain Toonoo

Cape Dorset

With a vision that is at once highly personal and often politically subversive, Cape Dorset’s Jutai Toonoo is a dynamic voice in contemporary Inuit art and in Canadian art more generally. Born in 1959, Toonoo belongs to the first generation of Inuit to grow up in permanent year-round settlements as opposed to small seasonal camps. He learned to carve by watching his father

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Kakulu Saggiaktok

Cape Dorset

I like to draw birds, Sedna, seals and beluga whales. They are the most fun and I really enjoy seeing them in the wild.

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Kananginak Pootoogook, RCA

Cape Dorset

Kananginak Pootoogook, sculptor, designer, draftsman, printmaker (born a Ikerrasak camp, south Baffin Island, NWT, 1935). Son of the great camp leader, Pootoogook, he came to Cape Dorset in 1958, when James Houston brought printmaking to the North. He became one of the four original printers. Kananginak works in all media, including silk-screen printing of textiles.

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Kenojuak Ashevak, RCA, CC

Cape Dorset

When I first started to make a few lines on paper, my love, Johnniebo, smiled at me and said, ‘Inumn,’ which means ‘I love you.’ I just knew inside his heart that he almost cried knowing that I was trying my best to say something on a piece of paper that would bring food to the family. I guess I was thinking of the animals and beautiful flowers that covered our beautiful, untouched land

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Kiakshuk

Cape Dorset

Kiakshuk (Keeakshook) was born in 1886 on the south coast of Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin Island), Nunavut. He would move with his family to the Andrew Gordon Bay area east of Cape Dorset (Baffin Island) in the early 1900s. He died in April 1966.

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Kingmeata Etidlooie

Cape Dorset

Born at Itinik camp near Lake Harbor, Northwest Territories, Canada, Kingmeata Etidlooie grew up and spent most of the first half of her life in similar sites along the southwest coast of Baffin Island. She began to carve and to draw in the late 1950s after the death of her first husband, Elijah.

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Kovinaktilliak Parr

Cape Dorset

Kovinaktilliak is the son of well-known graphic artists Parr and Eleeshushe. He is the brother of carver Eqaluk Parr, carver Nuna Parr (by adoption), the late carver Pauloosie Tooloogak, and printmaker Oqsuralik Ottokie.

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Kudluajuk Ashoona

Cape Dorset

Kudluajuk Ashoona was born in Cape Dorset on December 2, 1958. Her biological parents were the well-known carvers, Kabubuwa and Tayara Tunnillie. She was adopted by the family of the notable graphic artist, Simeonie Quppapik. Kudluajuk did not seriously begin to make art until 2011.

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Leetia Alivaktuk

Pangnirtung

Leetia Alivaktuk – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Lipa Pitsiulak

Pangnirtung

Lipa Pitsiulak – “I do drawings that may not seem to make any sense at all to some people because they are about the really old, old way of life. My drawings seem to come from up in the air and they don’t seem to be going anywhere until I put them on paper or carve them. The images might not make sense to someone who doesn’t know the Inuit way of life” (Lypa Pitsiulak in Latocki 1983:19).

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Lizzie Saggiak

Cape Dorset

Born in Arctic Quebec, Lizzie Saggiak remembers crossing Hudson Strait with her family to settle at Igalaalik Camp in the Andrew Gordon Bay area. Lizzie’s husband Saggiak (1897-1980), who was also an artist, moved his family to Cape Dorset after obtaining a permanent job at the nursing station there.

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Louie Nigiyok

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Louie Nigiyok began working as a printmaker for the print shop in 1981, at the same time as his mother, Mabel Nigiyok. He continues today as one of the foremost interpreters of drawings by other artists. In the early 1980s, he learned the stonecut technique from Harry Egotak and John Rose, and later began working with stencils when these became the preferred print form.

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Lucy Qinnuayuak

Cape Dorset

Lucy Qinnuayuak is a prolific graphic artist, well known for illustrations of her favorite theme — the bird image, either singularly or in groups, and in all sorts of situations or relationships. She also depicts other themes which spring from her personal interpretation of the Canadian Inuit traditional way of life.

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Luke Anguhadluq

Baker Lake

Luke Anguhadluq was born in 1895 near Chantrey Inlet into a group of Inuit known as the Utkuhikhalingmiut. Contact between these Inuit and white explorers, traders and missionaries during the 19th century was minimized by the inaccessibility of the Back River area. Brief visits of no more than a few hours made by the men of three Arctic expeditions had no impact on the traditional lifestyle of these inland Eskimos.

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Lydia Jaypody

Baker Lake

Name: Lydia Jaypody  (1926 – 1991)

Gender: Female
Style: Inuit
Region: Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada
 

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Mabel Nigiyok

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Mabel Nigiyok began learning stencil printmaking in the Holman printshop in 1981, and her work was published the following year. She has since become one of its most productive artists and printmakers, with 63 of her drawings produced as prints. She has printed 39 works, many of them her own.

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Malaija Pootoogook

Cape Dorset

Malaija Pootoogook was born in Iqaluit in the cold winter month of January, 1971. She is the adopted daughter of Paulassie Pootoogook and Ishuhungitok Pootoogook, both now deceased. Malaija has been surrounded by artists in her family.

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Malaya Akulukjuk

Pangnirtung

Malaya Akulukjuk was a talented, versitile and prolific Pangnirtung artist. She was an admired and respected artist in the community. Malaya lived a traditonal life on the land before settling in Pangnirtung in 1962. She first learned to carve in 1962 and created sculptures in stone, antler and whalebone.

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Marion Tuu’luuq

Baker Lake

Marion Tuu’luq is known primarily for her textile works but also produced graphic works, contributing to 13 editions of the Baker Lake print collection. Her work is tied to her homeland and her experiences of life as an Inuit person. Notably she began her artistic practice late in life, using the practical sewing skills she had learned as a child as a basis for her creative output.

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Marjorie Esa

Baker Lake

Marjorie Esa was born near Iglulik and adopted as newborn child by Louis Tapatai and Hahha Siksik who were living in the area near Baker Lake. Tapatai worked and travelled regularly with Hudson Bay Company traders and therefore Marjorie grew up in close contact with both her Inuit traditions as well as with Euro-Canadian influences that were later introduced in the Arctic culture later.

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Mary Okheena

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Mary K. Okheena has worked for the Holman print shop since 1977, longer than any other artist or printer currently working. To date, 74 of her drawings have been made into prints, and she printed 36 of these herself. She has also printed 31 drawings by other artists.

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Mary Pudlat

Cape Dorset

A prolific Canadian Inuit artist, Mary Pudlat retains clear memories of her early years living in the traditional Inuit hunting lifestyle in the area near Povungnituk in Arctic Quebec. Orphaned as a teenager, she lived for a while with her brother in Ivujivik before moving to Baffin Island in the early-1940s.

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May Lonsdale

Pangnirtung

May Lonsdale – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Meelia Kelly

Cape Dorset

Artist Photo – Meelia Kelly Name: Meelia Kelly (1940 – 2006)
Gender: Female
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
Meelia Kelly was the younger sister of the late Sheojuk Etidlooie. Like her sister, Meelia was a latecomer to the graphic arts, and her…

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Melia Jaw

Baker Lake

Melia is a talented and prolific carver. She is married to Cape Dorset artist, Joe Jaw and they have five sons. Melia has strongly encouraged them to learn the art of carving. Her sons, Pootoogook, Noah, Qiliqti, Salomonie and Kingwatsiak Jaw have all become carvers in Cape Dorset.

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Mialia Jaw

Cape Dorset

Mialia was born August 10, 1934. A handsome woman in her early 70s, she too has come late to the stable of the Kinngait Studios. She is represented in the 2005 annual print collection by two images, both lithographs printed in bold, primary colors.

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Myra Kukiiyaut

Baker Lake

Myra Kukiiyaut was born in Baker Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada, where her father worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but was raised on the land where she lived a traditional nomadic existence subsisting on caribou and fish, living in an igloo in winter and a caribou skin tent in summer.

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Napachie Pootoogook

Cape Dorset

Name: Napachie Pootoogook (1938 – 2002)
Gender: Female
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
“Born at Sako, a traditional Inuit camp on the southwest coast of Baffin Island, Northwest Territories, Canada, Napatchie Pootoogook is the only surviving daughter of one of Inuit art’s most important figures, Pitseolak…

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Nicotye Samayualie

Cape Dorset

Nicotye is the daughter of Kudluarjuk Ashoona and Johny Tunnillie Samayualie. Nicotye’s grandmother, Keeleemeeoomee Samayualie was a well-known graphic artist whose prints were represented in the Cape Dorset annual print collections throughout the 1970s and ’80s.

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Ningeokuluk Teevee

Cape Dorset

Born May 27, 1963, Ningeokuluk is the daughter of Joanasie Salomonie (deceased) and his wife Kanajuk. Her father, Joanasie, was much loved in Cape Dorset for his sense of humour, mischief and compassion. Ningeokuluk works full-time for the department of Housing in Cape Dorset, and devotes her spare time to her family and whatever time she can to her drawing, which she does at home.

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Noah Maniapik

Pangnirtung

Noah Maniapik – My work as an artist and printmaker are foremost in my career goals. I am exploring innovative applications of traditional hand stencil printmaking to unique individual artistic images. Currently I work in monochromatic white on black and am creating my annual collection for launching at The Guild Shop in Toronto this September.

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Ohotaq Mikkigak

Cape Dorset

Ohotaq began drawing in the early years of the print program in Cape Dorset, and his print, “Eskimo Fox Trapper” was released in 1961. He became less involved with drawing as the community grew, working instead for various community agencies in full-time wage employment.

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Ooleepa Papatsie

Pangnirtung

Ooleepa Papatsie – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Papiara Tukiki

Cape Dorset

I enjoy drawing animals and I’m amazed at how they survive up here in the north. Without them, my family would never have survived. I also draw people camping because I am reminded of old times when we lived on the land. Those were good times

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Pauloosie Karpik

Pangnirtung

Pauloosie Karpik was the father of graphic artist Annie Akulukjuk, and the stepfather of artists Imoona and Solomon Karpik. “Pauloosie Karpik knew about the aspects of Inuit life that are not seen anymore.

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Pauojoungie Saggiak

Cape Dorset

Growing up Pauojoungie lived in various camps, the last one being just southeast of Cape Dorset. It is here that she had an opportunity to see all manner of birds and animals which she enjoyed so much that she began drawing wildlife. Pauojoungie and his family moved to the Cape Dorset community in the 1970s.

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Pauta Saila, RCA

Cape Dorset

Pauta grew up on the land and began carving as a teenager, making implements and tools from ivory. Later, he carved narrative camp and hunting scenes.

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Peter Aliknak

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Peter started as a carver and started working in graphics in the 1960s. His works often depict aspects of traditional life, such as shown in “Eating Dry Fish,” which we think is his work despite the caption that names his sister, Agnes Nanogak, as the artist.

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Peter Kilabuk

Pangnirtung

Peter Kilabuk (born 27 September 1960 in Pangnirtung, Nunavut) is a Canadian politician, who was the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the electoral district of Pangnirtung in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut from 1999 to 2008.

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Peter Malgokak

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Peter Malgokak was born in the Berkeley Point area, at the northernmost camp on west Victoria Island. He is the son of Malgokak and Alikamik. His brother, Joseph Kitekudlak, is also a carver. The family moved to Holman in 1966 when his father became ill.

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Peter Palvik

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Peter Palvik grew up in the Minto Inlet area. His family moved into Holman in the mid-1960s when he was old enough to go to school. His father, Albert Palvik, was active in the Co-op and community work.

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Philippa Iksiraq

Baker Lake

Philippa and Thomas Iksiraq are among the founding members of the Baker Lake Printmaker’s Co-Operative in Nunavut. Their images speak to the contemporary challenges faced by the Inuit people as they stand at the brink between a nomadic way of life that was tied closely to the land and a lifestyle heavily influenced by Western values and ways of living.

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Piona Keyuakjuk

Pangnirtung

Piona Keyuakjuk 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.

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Pitaloosie Saila, RCA

Cape Dorset

Pitaloosie was born in 1942 on the southwest coast of Baffin Island near what is now the community of Cape Dorset. She spent her childhood years in various hospitals in Quebec and Ontario for treatment of tuberculosis. She learned English during this time, and recalls the difficulty she experienced in relearning her native language upon her return to Baffin Island in 1957.

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Pitseolak Ashoona, RCA OC

Cape Dorset

Pitseolak was the mother of several Cape Dorset artists, the Ashoonas: Ottochie, Koomwartok, Kaka, and Kiawak; and Napatchie Pootoogook. She is a member of the Order of Canada and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1974.

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Pudlo Pudlat

Cape Dorset

Pudlo Pudlat lived for much of his life in the Kimmirut region, hunting and fishing to provide for his family. He moved to Cape Dorset in the late 1950s, and here he began his career as an artist. His early drawings are simple outlines made with lead pencil.

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Qaluituk Kingwatsiaq

Cape Dorset

Qaluituk took part in the 2010 etching workshop in Cape Dorset conducted by Studio PM and her unusual drawing of a feathered fan in the shape of a butterfly (Tarrilikitaarq, 2012 – 24) was included in the 2012 collection. Her favourite subjects are birds and scenes depicting people engaged in traditional outings and chores.

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Qaunaq Mikkigak

Baker Lake

A daughter of graphic artist Mary Kudjuakjuk, Qaunaq grew up traditionally on the land and began to make small carvings after her father’s death when she was still a girl. She married Oqutaq Mikkigak; they were encouraged by James and Alma Houston to make carvings. Qaunaq made some drawings in 1960 and in the late 1970s but preferred carving.

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Qavavau Manumie

Cape Dorset

Qavavau Manumie preparing a print by Kenojuak Ashevak Name: Qavavau Manumie (1958 – )
Gender: Male
Style: Inuit
Region: Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada
“I like to draw animals, and images of people, sometimes combined. I enjoy the animals and the land, and I take…

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Quvianatuliak Takpaungai

Baker Lake

Kov was one of the youngest artists to be selected for the important exhibition “Sculpture/Inuit. Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic,” which toured the world (1971-73). He has continued to produce work that is both powerful and memorable, often on a large scale.

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Rex Kangoak Goose

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Rex Goose is best known as a carver, but he has been active in the graphic arts at Holman since 1978. He is from a family of artists. His father, Bill Goose (1943-1989) made drawings and prints in the early 1960s, and his grandmother is the well-known artist Agnes Nanogak Goose (1925-2001). He recounts being “overwhelmed” by all the people making art when he was growing up.

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Rose Okpik

Pangnirtung

Rose Okpik: “The Arts in the Arctic are precious and garner respect worldwide, they must not be ignored, not by the Government or by our own people. Since we cannot go back to the land like our sisters and brothers before us we must keep our culture alive through our art…”

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Saimaiyu Akesuk

Cape Dorset

When I went down to the litho shop to sell my first drawing, I was very nervous wondering whether they would buy it or not. My first drawing was an image of my late grandfather’s (Latchaolassie) carving of a bird.

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Salamonie Kanayuk

Pangnirtung

Salamonie Kanayuk – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Samantha Qappik

Pangnirtung

Samantha Qappik – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Sarni Pootoogook

Cape Dorset

Sharnie is the sister of Pauta, a well-known carver. She was married to the carver and graphic artist, Pudlat Pootoogook (1919 – 1985). Sharni’s daughter, Sarah Putuguk is a printmaker; her adopted son, Elijah Pootookgook, is a carver and graphic artist.

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Sheouak Petaulassie

Cape Dorset

Sheouak Petaulassie (also known as Sheouak, Sheowa Sheouak, Sheowak Sheouak, Sheoak Sheouak) was involved with the graphic art production at the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. She was one of the first Inuit to incorporate Southern material culture into her drawings in pieces like “The Pot Spirits” (1960).

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Shuvinai Ashoona

Cape Dorset

Shuvinai was born in Cape Dorset in August, 1961. She is the daughter of Kiawak Ashoona and Sorosilutu, both well known for their contributions to the arts in Cape Dorset.

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Simon Shaimaiyuk

Pangnirtung

Simon Shaimaiyuk was born in Umanaqjuaq (Blacklead Island) to father Natiapik (Christian name Jimmy) and mother Unapik (Christian name Mary) during the last years of the whaling era. His older brother Koviyuk Natiapik carved till old aged slowed him down.

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Simon Tookoome

Baker Lake

My name is Simon Tookoome, I live in Qamanittuaq, Baker Lake. I am originally from Uqhuqtuuq, Gjoa Haven. I moved as a young lad to Baker Lake. I first got into hand drawings in 1970. I would take my drawings to the print shop and the buyer would rip them into pieces. Out of five drawings, only two were bought and the rest were torn to shreds in front of my face. It hurt me immensely, but I recalled my mother always told me not to be upset even if people were bad to me.

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Sowdluq Nakashuk

Pangnirtung

Sowdluq Nakashuk – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Susie Malgokak

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

Susie Malgokak grew up in the Minto Inlet area. At the age of six, Malgokak, her sister, and cousin were taken by airplane to attend boarding school in Inuvik. She returned to her family’s outpost camp after a year, having learned to speak English. In 1965, the family was urged to move into the community and the children attended school the following year.

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Thomas Iksiraq

Baker Lake

Thomas was born in October 23rd in 1941 in the Back River area. His father, Mark Oyarai, died in the spring of 1954. “When I was 6 or 7 I would follow my dad out hunting. I would go about 5 miles. I would watch to see what he did and how he did it. That is how I learned. I got my first caribou when I was 9 years old. It was in 1950 and I was out hunting with my cousin who had been adopted by my mother and father. I got the caribou with my .22 rifle. I remember feeling great afterwards, that, ‘Now I am a hunter!

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Thomasie Alikatuktuk

Pangnirtung

Thomasie Alikatuktuk – Inuit Art – Pangnirtung, Nunavut – presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Tim Pitsiulak

Cape Dorset

I am a hunter and I know the land and animals of the north. I am particularly inspired by the bowhead whale, because nobody really knows much about them. My inspiration to be an artist comes from my aunt, Kenojuak Ashevak, because she is the oldest and the best.

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Tommy Novakeel

Pangnirtung

Several Inuit artists working in Pangnirtung, including Tommy Nuvaqirq, came from generations whose life and work were closely tied to whale hunting in the Cumberland Sound. Although the white whale and beluga are still hunted today, it was the bowhead that these hunters prized.

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Towkie Qarpik

Pangnirtung

Towkie has been a versatile artist throughout her life. She began sewing as a young woman and eventually that talent led to tapestry weaving. Carving came later in life, with a preference for mother and child groups.

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Tukiki Manomie

Cape Dorset

Tukiki’s easily recognized carvings used the basic shapes of hands, claws and antlers as motifs , carving the appendages into bird and animal heads that expressed his vision of the natural world as being interconnected and interrelated. Tukiki’s work is included in many prominent museums and private collections throughout Canada and he had a strong following in Germany where he traveled to attend one of his solo exhibitions in 1988.

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Tyler Kilabuk

Pangnirtung

Tyler Kilabuk, a high school student at Attagoyuk school, produced “Approaching the Kill.” Because Kilabuk was so keen to attend the workshop with New Leaf, his school principal gave him credit for attending the workshop in lieu of school.

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Ulayu Pingwartok

Cape Dorset

Inuit graphic artist Ulayu Pingwartok was born near Lake Harbour on southwestern Baffin Island in 1904. She started drawing after she moved into the settlement of Cape Dorset in 1959

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Victoria Mamnguqsualuk

Baker Lake

Victoria Mamnguqsualuk is one of the best-known Canadian Inuit artists of her generation. Born near Garry Lake, Northwest Territories, she lived a migratory existence on the land until she was in her early thirties. Because of widespread disease and famine in the hunting camps of the Barren Lands region, Mamngushualuk and her family, like many Inuits

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Wayne Goose

Ulukhaktok (Holman)

One of very few Inuit Holman artists who does woodcuts, Goose chooses whimsical subjects, such as a traveler carried through the sky by geese.

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William Noah

Baker Lake

William began carving and drawing in 1963 and has devoted himself to graphic art since 1970. Typical of his drawings are the depiction of skeletons and internal organs of shamans and animals. In addition to his art work, William enjoys hunting and fishing and has been active in community affairs.

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