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Meekeeseetee
Saila

Credit: Ernie Bies
Meekeeseetee
Saila

Medium:

sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU
1939

Date of Death:

Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.

2008

Work

Biography

Meekeeseetee Saila carving in 1948 or 1949. Saila’s father Pauta Saila had emerged as an important artist and Meekeeseetee learned techniques from watching him carve. Beginning in the 1980s Saila began carving incredibly graceful loons with long and slender necks. These loons quickly became a signature subject for the artist and he produced them regularly for the rest of his career.View Long Biography and Citations

Publications

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Title Year Author
Cape Dorset Sculpture 2005 Derek Norton and Nigel Reading, with an introduction by Terry Ryan
The West Baffin Studios August 2002 Dorothy Harley Eber
Lords of the Stone: An Anthology of Eskimo Sculpture 1982 Alistair Macduff, photographs by George M. Galpin

Exhibitions

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Name Year Gallery
Mini Masterworks V March - April 2012 Spirit Wrestler Gallery
Mini Masterworks IV March - April 2011 Spirit Wrestler Gallery
Mini Masterworks II December 2008 Spirit Wrestler Gallery

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Dennos Museum Center Traverse City, MI, United States
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada