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Artistic Community:

Kinngait, 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.


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.




Toonoo was born in at camp on south Baffin Island. In the late 1940s and early 1950s Toonoo began making carvings and selling them to fur traders and James Houston, who was setting up an arts and crafts program in Kinngait. Toonoo was represented in many early important Inuit art exhibitions. Toonoo was one of the first Inuit artists to receive name recognition for his carvings, but as he did not sign his works few of his works have been identified. Toonoo died in a hunting accident in 1969, but his influence on art is his community is greatly felt though many of his descendants who are artists.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
By the Light of the Qulliq: Eskimo Life in the Canadian Arctic 1979–1981 Smithsonian Institution (travelling exhibition of Inuit art from the Feheley Collection)
Cape Dorset January–March 1980 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Inuit Sculpture from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Power September–October 1979 University of Michigan Museum of Art