Photo: Mariano Aupilardjuk
Credit: Indpsire


drawing, drum dance, performance, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), 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.




Mariano Aupilardjuk was an accomplished artist and highly respected Elder from the community of Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU. In a career spanning several decades, Aupilardjuk was known for his drawings and carvings, as well as his skills as a drummer and storyteller. He even dabbled in acting, playing an Inuk Elder in the 2003 film "The Snow Walker". He was awarded the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2001 by Indspire in the category of Culture, Heritage, and Spirituality as well as the Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award in 2006, and an honorary degree in education from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2009.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Hidden Treasures November 2019
Aupilardjuk’s Story – The Three Rocks 2013 Mike Etherington
Photo: “Aupilardjuk rest in paradise” October 8, 2012 Nunatsiaq News


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012 Governor General of Canada
Honorary Degree 2009 University of Prince Edward Island
National Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award 2006 Correctional Service Canada


View Filmography and Details
Title Release Date Role
The Snow Walker 2003 Inuk Elder