Photo: Helen Iguptak
Credit: The Matchbox Gallery


drawing, music, textile

Artistic Community:

Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU

Date of Birth:

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Kuukyuak (Perry River), NU



Helen Iguptak is a textile artist from Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU, who is best known for her work with Inuit dolls, which often have caribou-skin clothing and intricate beadwork. Iguptak made her first doll at age seven, during her time in residential school, and didn’t make another until the early 1990s. She says that her desire to create goes hand-in-hand with her desire to keep her culture alive. Iguptak is a regular feature and workshop leader at festivals around Nunavut, and was an organizer and exhibitor at K.I.D.F.E.S.T. (2007), the first Inuit organized doll show, which toured across Canada. She was named Rankin Inlet Artist of the Year in 2012.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Spun Gold November 2019 Beth Brown
'It can make you sweat': Iqaluit workshop teaches art of turning muskox fur into wool August 23, 2019 Angela Hill
Dolls were the 'little friends' that helped this artist through residential school 2018 Corinne Dunphy


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
K.I.D.F.E.S.T. (Kivalliq Inuit Doll Festival, Exhibition and Story-Telling Traditions) 2007 Winnipeg Art Gallery; Burnaby Art Gallery; Art Gallery of Regina

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Kivalliq Regional Visitor Centre Rankin Island
Winnipeg Art Gallery Winnipeg, MB, Canada