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Photo: Portrait of Enutsiak (Innutsiak), 1913–1914
Credit: Courtesy Library and Archives Canada and Robert & Frances Flaherty



Artistic Community:

Iqaluit, 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.


The Igloo Tag Trademark
The Igloo Tag Trademark is an internationally recognized symbol that denotes handmade, original artwork made by Inuit artists in Canada. Established in 1958, the Trademark is now managed by the Inuit Art Foundation. The appearance of the Igloo Tag on an artist profile means they have had the Trademark applied to their artwork.



Ennutsiak was a renowned and respected carver known for his skillful depictions of Inuit community life. Originally from the Nunavik region in northern Quebec, Ennutsiak spent the majority of his life on the land, eventually settling in Iqaluit, NU, where he became an active community leader, organizing traditional Inuit games during seasonal festivities and telling stories over the local radio broadcast. Depicting the details of everyday life in his art, Ennutsiak created captivating scenes of men butchering walrus, birthing scenes and families incorporating Christianity and southern trade goods into their households. People in Church (1965) is a fitting example, with five small figures seated, diminutive prayer books open before them. Near the end of his life and posthumously, Ennutsiak’s works gained substantial commercial success and were exhibited internationally. Currently, his works are held in several major public collections including the Canadian Museum of History, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Collector Profiles: Chris Bredt and Jamie Cameron Fall 2017 Chris Bredt and Jamie Cameron
From Quarry to Co-op: The Art of Stone Spring 2017 John Goeghegan
The Hon. Dan Chillcot Colllection November 22, 2016 Waddington's Auctioneers & Appraisers


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Inuit Woman: Life and Legend in Art June 1995 - Feb 1996 Winnipeg Art Gallery
On Collectors and Collecting: Selections from the Herb & Cece Schreiber Family Collection May - Aug 1994 The Art Gallery of Hamilton
Arctic Mirror Jan - Sept 1990 Canadian Museum of History

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada
Canadian Museum of History Gatineau, QC, Canada
Inuit Cultural Institute Arviat, NU, Canada

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November 7, 2017
January 1, 1900 Created by: Benjamin Clément Updated by: Rebecca Gray