Credit: Photo: NFB


drawing, printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), 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.

06 August 1934

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.




Born in Kinngait, NU, Mialia Jaw was a talented carver before she started her art practice in printmaking later in life. Jaw created complex prints using techniques such as lithography, aquatint and etching. She incorporated storytelling into her work, drawing from Inuit legends and personal childhood experiences. Jaw was included in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collections in 2004, 2005 and 2006.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Working for the Traders and the Hospitals 2007 Ann McElroy
In Memoriam: Mialia Jaw (1934-2006) Fall 2006 Jackie Collen
Cape Dorset: Selected Sculpture from the Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery 1975 Winnipeg Art Gallery


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Strange Scenes: Early Cape Dorset Drawings Mar - Jun 1993 McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Inuit Art Exhibition Nov - Dec 1988 Orca Aart Gallery
Tundra & Ice: Stone Images of Animals and Man October 1988 Orca Aart Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2006 Dorset Fine Arts
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2005 Dorset Fine Arts
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2004 Dorset Fine Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Indigenous Art Collection at Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada Gatineau, QC, Canada

Edit History

April 10, 2018 Updated by: Inuit Art Foundation
April 28, 2017 Created by: Brooke Marrisett