Namoonai is the eldest son of Pitseolak Ashoona. His brothers are (in order of age) Qaqa, Koomwartok, Kiawak and Ottochie Ashoona, all of whom are well-known Cape Dorset sculptors. His sister is Napatchie Pootoogook (married to printmaker Eegyvudluk Pootoogook) who is a graphic artist. Namoonai’s late wife, Samiak Ashoona, was also an artist.
In 1974 Namoonai participated in the film White Dawn, which is based on the novel of the same name by James Houston.
Excerpt ©1997 Inuit Art Section, INAC
Spirit Wrestler Gallery
47 Water Street
Canada V6B 1A1
Toll Free: 1-888-669-8813
3 blocks from Waterfront Station
Between Abbott St. and Carrall St.
Monday to Saturday, open 10-6
Sunday and Holidays, open 12-5
© 2016 Spirit Wrestler Gallery. All Rights Reserved.