My grandfather was originally from Purvirnituq, and one day he chipped a tooth on a hunting trip which later got infected badly enough to get a swollen cheek. When the Nascopie arrived on their annual patrol to check the Inuit, he was taken aboard with out notifing his family. He spent a year in the Pangnirtung hospital and realized the hunting was much better in Pang than it was in Northern Quebec. Later, when the Nascopie landed in Lake Harbour, he got back onboard and picked up his family in Purvirnituq and moved to Pang in 1932. My grandmother from my mother’s side came from Cape Dorset, she married five husbands after each died naturally or by accident, so that her family could survive. My father, Aisa is also a carver and my sister Oleepa is an tapestry artist.
My favourite themes are transformations of shamans and ceremonial masks. When I can take time off from my job with the Canadian Inuit Art Information Centre, I go on Baffin Outward Trips as an instrutor. My hobbies include running, Cumberland Sound oral history, outdoors, snowboarding and movies.
Excerpt courtesy Inuit Art Section, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), 1997.
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