Two monuments will be unveiled in the High Arctic this week to recognize Inuit who were forced to live in Canada’s most northerly settlements in the 1950s.
Grise Fiord carver Looty Pijamini said his sculpture depicts a woman overlooking the ocean, with a young boy and a husky beside her.
Speaking in Inuktitut, Pijamini said the woman in his monument is not smiling — “she is not happy because it was not a happy occasion,” he said.”
The monument in Resolute was carved by Simeonie Amagoalik, whose family was relocated from Inukjuak to Resolute when he was 20 years old
CBC News, High Arctic exiles to be honoured (September 6, 2010)
Sculpture by Looty Pijamini has been featured in Spirit Wrestler: Shaman, Sedna and Spirits and Mini-Masterworks II group exhibitions.