sculptural, sculpture/carving, stone

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.


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.




Adamie Alariaq was a carver known for sculptures centred around traditional tales, animals and everyday life. Hailing from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU, his carvings possess a fluidity and contain lively narratives, as if pulled directly from an Elder’s tale. Alariaq’s work, which brims with emotion, represents birds, human beings and spirits crafted in inventive proportions, such as in Man Dancing (n.d.). His wife, Nakasuk, was also a carver. Their sons, Novoalia, Peter, Timon and Simeonie also followed in their parents’ artistic footsteps.View Long Biography and Citations