“Born at Itinik camp near Lake Harbour, Northwest Territories, Canada, Kimgmeata Etidlooie grew up and spent most of the first half of her life in similar sites along the southwest coast of Baffin Island. She began to carve and to draw in the late 1950s after the death of her first husband, Elijah. As with most Inuit artists of her generation, Kingmeata’s creative endeavors mark a second phase in her lifeone that parallels the significant changes experienced by the indigenous people of the Canadian Arctic over the past five decades. With her second husband, Etidlooie Etidlooie (1910-1981), and their family, Kingmeata moved into the settlement of Cape Dorset in the mid-1960s, exchanging a seasonally-based camp life for a permanent residence. Both she and her husband became artist-members of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, recognized internationally for its pritmaking studio and the strength of the graphic artists it represents.
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