Thomassiapik Sivuarapik was born on June 11, 1941 in a small camp about ten miles south of Puvirnituq. He lives there with his wife Lizzie, also an accomplished carver, and their four children. Two men who had particular influence on Thomassiapik’s artistic development were his father, Charlie Sivuarapik, and his uncle, Isah Qumalu Sivuarapi. Both of these well-known carvers encouraged Thomassiapik from an early age to translate into stone, the various animal and figurative images in his mind’s eye. Charlie was an instrumental force in establishing the Povungnituk Sculptors Society; Thomassiapik continued this family tradition of community leadership by acting as a spokesperson for such important issues as establishing a hospital in the region, and the James Bay Agreement.
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