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Aulajijakka • Things I Remember (2011) [Set of 17]


  • Medium: linocut
  • Edition: 50
  • Reference Code: B110601


We are excited to be representing this unique collection of linocuts by the late great master artist Kananginak Pootoogook

This Spring Release portfolio from the Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset features 17 linocuts beautifully cut by Kananginak himself in the late 1970s as part of a typography project introduced at that time, but were never printed. Instead they were carefully wrapped and stored in the studio archive when the typography project ended.

Over 30 years later, in 2010, the linocuts were finally unwrapped and expertly printed in a 50 edition by three artists, Kavavaow Munamee, Cee Pootoogook and Qiatsuq Niviaqsi in the stonecut print studio in Cape Dorset. Two of the editions were signed by Kananginak before his death in December 2010, while the remainder was signed posthumously by his son Johnny Pootoogook.

The prints are small, delicate, intimate and detailed prints. All the images are very personal to Kananginak as they are reflections from his past. Each image retells stories told to him as a child or reflects on personal memories from his childhood days of traditional life on the land.

1. Sliding and Breaking Father’s Qamutik

11 x 24.5 inches

“We were sliding using a qamutik that did not belong to my father and when the top strip broke, my father gave me heck. I felt so bad I was crying.”

2. Owl

8.25 x 11 inches

3. Legend of the Blind Boy and the Loon

9 x 11 inches

4. Legend of the Blind Boy and the Loon

8 x 11 inches

5. Legend of the Blind Boy and the Loon

8 x 11 inches

6. Out on the Land Trapping with My Father

7.25 x 9.5 inches

“When I became a teenager, I went trapping with my father. He was teaching me how to trap and how to set up overnight camps.”

7. Living in Igloo

7.5 x 10 inches

8. Piggy-back Racing

7.5 x 9.25 inches

9. Dancing in Igloo

7.5 x 9.25 inches

10. Being Taught to Build an Igloo

9.25 x 10.75 inches

“I was taught how to build an igloo by a person other than my father. I was trying to build a small igloo when a man approached me and taught me how to build an igloo.”

11. Legend of the Blind Boy and the Loon

8 x 11 inches

12. Hunting Seal by Kayak

6.25 x 9 inches

13. Father Making Qamutik

7 x 10 inches

14. Hunting Arctic Wildlife

9 x 12.25 inches

15. Sinking of the Nascopie

7.5 x 9.25 inches

“The people used to celebrate the arrival of the Nascopie as they were happy that they were going to drink tea when they got to the ship. Then in 1947, the ship got grounded and lots of Inuit people got food from the ship—stock that was meant for the store.”

16. Helping My Father Build A Qamutik

7 x 9 inches

“When my father was building a qamutik I would help out and learn how to make them in the process.”

17. Hunting Seal on Ice

7 x 10.5 inches

Kananginak Pootoogook

Kananginak Pootoogook



Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada


Kananginak has been involved with drawing and printmaking since the late 1950s when the graphic arts program first began at Cape Dorset. Kananginak’s first print, a collaborative image with his father, Pootoogook, was included in the first catalogued collection of Cape Dorset prints in 1959. Since that time, Kananginak’s work has been included in almost every annual collection, and has been interpreted in many different print media — copper engraving, stonecut, stencil, lithography and etching. Kananginak was an accomplished stonecut printmaker himself — in the early years he often proofed and editioned his own work.

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