Eli Sallualu (Sallualuk) Qinuajua was born on January 2, 1937 at Isisuivik, a camp located roughly forty miles south of Puvirnituq. Except for two brief periods while hospitalized for tuberculosis in the south, Eli has spent most of his life in Puvirnituq. In 1962, he married Leah Irqirqu Amaruali, daughter of artist Paulusi Iqiqu Amaruali, and they now have nine children. In addition to carving soapstone, Eli is an accomplished actor who has performed in several radio plays hosted by CBC Northern Circuits.
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