Joshua was born August 18, 1949 at Esusiovik campsite located roughly fifty miles outside Puvirnituq; at present he lives in Puvirnituq. The eldest son of Isah and Mary Sivuarapik, Joshua comes from a strong family of well-known carvers. He and his wife Annie Inukpuk (from nearby Inukjuak) have nine children, two of whom are adopted. Joshua completed his primary education at the local federal school. In 1968, he attended one year of Fine Arts studies at the University of Alaska, where he studied silversmithing, ceramics, drawings, photography and art history. He continued his studies in art at Sheridan College in Port Credit, Ontario.
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