music, printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kugluktuk (Coppermine), 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.

February 23, 1935

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.




Charlie Avakana was a carver and printmaker based in Kugluktuk (Coppermine), NU. Credited with inventing his own unique sculptural relief technique, Avakana is best known for his elaborately carved versions of useable objects. Circa 1965, he engraved a cross and candlesticks for St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in his hometown, which still sit on the alter today. Avakana’s stonecut prints were featured in print releases from Ulukhaktok (Holman), NT, and are held in public collections across Canada.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
The Prints Never Seen, Holman 1977-1987: A Collection of Previously Unpublished Prints 1993 Holman Eskimo Co-operatives Ltd.
Art of the Spirit: Contemporary Canadian Fabric Art 1992 o Helen Bradfield, Joan Pringle, and Judy Rideout
The Caribou Carvers of Coppermine 1968 A.R.C. Jones


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
The Prints Never Seen: Holman 1977-1987 March 1993 Albers Gallery of Inuit Art
Arctic Mirror January - September 1990 Canadian Museum of Civilization
Takamit – Canadian Eskimo Art: Selections from Private Collections and the Government of Canada December 1984 Rutgers University

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Winnipeg Art Gallery Winnipeg, MB, Canada