Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Louisa Inukpuk


Umiujaq, Quebec, Canada

(1940- )

Louisa Inukpuk was born in Tikiraujaaq near Kuujjuaraapik, and moved to Umiujaq in 1986. She learned to carve in 1958 and enjoyed making carvings of seals out of soapstone; another one of her favourite subjects was people. Because the soft soapstone is no longer available Louisa now prefers making kamiks, parkas and mitts. Louisa feels Inuit art is a reflection of her people, therefore her art serves a good purpose in that the younger generation can learn about their own culture through this medium. Besides being a crafts artist Louisa is also employed by the Kativik School Board as an Inuk teacher. Her only son is Umiujaq sculptor Phillip Inukpuk.

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