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Artistic Community:

Puvirnituq, QC

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.




Charlie Sivuarapik was a renowned carver from Puvirnituq, Nunavik, QC, who worked primarily in stone. He lived in Puvirnituq since the early 1950s, when it is theorized that he was first encouraged to carve by James Houston during the latter’s 1948 visit to Puvirnituq. Sivuarapik was known for his depictions of the human form, both clothed and nude, and for his carvings of mythological scenes. A founding member of the Carvers Association of Povungnituk and President of the Povungnituk Co-operative Society, Sivuarapik was also the first inuk to be inducted into the Sculptors Society of Canada. His works are held in permanent collections across Canada, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Early Masters: Inuit Sculpture 1949-1955 2006 Darlene Coward Wight
The Way of Inuit Art: Aesthetics and History in and Beyond the Arctic 2005 Emily Elizabeth Auger
Clothing in Inuit Art 2005 Nelson Graburn


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Founding member and first president of the Povungnituk Co-operative Society 1958 - 1967 Povungnituk Co-operative Society
First Inuk member of the Sculptors Society of Canada