Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Pauloosie Sivuak


Puvirnituq, Quebec, Canada


Paulosie Sivuak was on the Board of Directors of the Povungnituk Co-op in the early 1960s. From 1967-1969 his family lived in the south where he worked with La Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec.

“The arts from Povungnituk show how the Eskimos made their living by hunting. The carvings and prints from Povungnituk show very well about the Eskimo life. The prints were first done on the flat soapstone, then they are printed on paper, and every single art shows how the life went on.

“The Eskimo art is not just imagination, it really shows how the old Eskimo life was hard. The artists also show which animals the hunter hunted. Since the Eskimo artists can’t speak your language, they tell you, with their art, how their grandfathers struggled for life.”

“Paulosie was an highly esteemed leader of the community, whose busy schedule left him little time for print production. He did participate on a small scale, however, contributing six prints from 1962 to 1980. Two of these were experiments of lino and cardboard cut techniques. Surprisingly but fortunately from 1982 until his death in 1986 he produced a profusion of drawings which were translated into 42 prints… in 5 catalogued collections, culminating in a sort of memoriam in the 1987 Pov catalog. There is also a backlog of prints which are being saved for commemorative or anniversary collections.”

Paulosie was the father of Tivi Alashuak and Isah Qumalu Sivuarapi. He was brother of Aisa Alasua Qupirualu, Alicie Alasua, Nellie Nunga and Annie Amamatuak.

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