Photo: Germaine Arnaktauyok
Credit: The Inuit Art Foundation


drawing, painting, printmaking

Artistic Community:

Yellowknife, NT

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.

Iglulik, NU



Germaine Arnaktauyok is an accomplished artist and writer, based in Yellowknife, NT. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba, Commercial Art and Fine Craft at Algonquin College as well as Printmaking at Arctic College in Nunavut. In her work, Arnaktauyok focuses primarily on Inuit myths, stories and feminist narratives centred on birth and motherhood. She has illustrated and written several books, including illustrating the recently published "Takannaaluk" released in spring 2018.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Iqaluit celebrates Inuit women’s tattoo culture at Piujut Arnaqsiutit February 19, 2020 Lisa Milosavljevic
Spacetime Spring 2019 Canadian Art Foundation
Tattooed Skin Summer 2018 Ashley McClellan


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Piujut Arnaqsiutit February - May 2020 Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum
Germaine Arnaktauyok: Retrospective Of Works 1993-2010 July - Aug 2014 Craft Ontario
Combs of Our Ancestors 2009 Museum of Inuit Art


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cover of the Inuit Art Quarterly 2010 Inuit Art Foundation


View Filmography and Details
Title Release Date Role
The Owl and the Raven: an Eskimo Legend 1973 Puppet Design

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada
Glenbow Museum Calgary, AB, Canada
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada

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December 14, 2017 Created by: Dominique Bourassa Updated by: Lera Kotsyuba