Etungat, RCA

Photo: Abraham Etungat and family
Etungat, RCA


sculpture/carving, stone

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU



Date of Birth:

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The Igloo Tag Trademark
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Born in Amadjuak, NU at the turn of the twentieth century, Abraham Etungat spent his formative years on the land before moving to Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU in the 1950s where he focused his efforts on stone carving, becoming a skilled sculptor. Etungat’s works are imaginative and detailed, often including groups of animals and people. He is best known, however, for his depictions of birds with raised and outstretched stretch wings, such as Bird of Spring (1980). Based on a 14 cm sculpture, the work was cast in bronze as seven-foot tall public art pieces and installed in both Vancouver, BC, and Calgary, AB, where they remain today. The original sculpture is in the collection of the Glenbow Museum. Etungat’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout North America, and has been collected widely in Canada and internationally. In 2005 Etungat was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
An Intimate Wilderness: Arctic Voices in a Land of Vast Horizons 2016 Norman Hallendy
Creating Memory: A Guide to Outdoor Public Sculpture in Toronto 2010 John Warkentin, Noemi Volovics, and Carolyn King
Public Art in Vancouver: Angels Among Lions 2009 John Steil and Aileen Stalker


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Focus On: Birds in Inuit Art May - Sept 2010 Museum of Inuit Art
Exhibition of Inuit Art May - June 1996 Glenhyrst Art Gallery
Inspiration: Four Decades of Sculpture November 1995 Marion Scott Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Commissioned by Personal Secretary of HRH Prince Charles 1981
"Bird of Spring" is reproduced and made into public art in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Halifax 1980 - 1981
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 1978 Royal Canadian Academy of Art

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Guelph Guelph, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Windsor Windsor, ON, Canada

Edit History

October 30, 2017 Updated By: Lera Kotsyuba
September 12, 2017 Created by: Inuit Art Foundation