Photo: Myra Kukiiyaut
Credit: Paul von Baich


drawing, printmaking, sculpture/carving, stone, textile

Artistic Community:

Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake), 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.

Qamani'tuaq, NT

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 1929 in Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake), Nunavut, Myra Kukiiyaut was an esteemed graphic artist. Kukiiyaut worked in many mediums including print, drawing, textile and sculpture. Her prints and textiles often depict playful, crowded scenes featuring humans, animals and in particular, birds. Her works have been featured in numerous exhibitions across Canada and internationally in France, Belgium, and Israel. Kukiiyaut's works are housed in major collections in Canada and the United States, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, National Gallery of Canada, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015) November 20, 2018 Ryan Rice
Irene Avaalaaqiaq: Myth and Reality September 18, 2002 Judith Nasby
Epic of Qayaq: The Longest Story Ever Told by my People July 15, 1995 Lela Oman


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Catalysts, Helpers, Tricksters: Bird in Contemporary Inuit Art Apr - May 2016 Marion Scott Gallery
The Spirit World - 1977 to 1990: Baker Lake Clyde River and Pangnirtung Prints. A retrospective collection exhibited at selected commercial galleries February 1996 Canadian Arctic Producers
Keeping Our Stories Alive: An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts from Dene and Inuit of Canada May - Sept 1995 Institute of American Indian Arts Museum


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Baker Lake Print Collection 1971-1990 Sanavik Co-operative Association Limited

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Guelph Guelph, ON, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto, ON, Canada

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January 9, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 12, 2017 Created by: Maddy Tripp