Davidialuk was a prolific and talented artist. Much of his work contains a narrative element, relaying the stories and legends of traditional Inuit culture. He was also well known around the community as a great storyteller. His brother, Syollie Awp once made some tapes of Davidialuk’s stories and would play them in the local print shop to inspire other artists. Davidialuk’s cousin, Joe Talirunili was also a famous artist. The two had a close relationship and they both produced many sculptures in the 1950s and graphics in the 1960s. Both men enjoyed long and fruitful careers, and passed away within months of eachother in 1976. Davidialuk is the father to Puvirnituq artists Johnny Amituk and Aisa Amittu. His wife, Maina Aqurtu Assappa was a carver. Davidialuk’s brother is Syollie Awp, and his nephew is Davidee Anutigirk, who are also artists in Puvirnituq.
Excerpt courtesy Inuit Art Section, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), 1997.
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