Photo: Courtesy of Cape Dorset Inuit Art


sculpture/carving, stone

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.

20 December 1979



Ning Ashoona is a carver from Kinngait. Her carvings feature Arctic wildlife and Inuit mythology. She comes from a long lineage of artists, including her great-grandmother, the painter and printmaker Pitseolak Ashoona who received the Order of Canada in 1977, and her great-uncle Kiugak Ashoona, a carver who received the Order of Canada in 2000. Her background in hunting, trapping, and fishing, informs her works which render loons, seals, mermaids and the sea goddess, Sedna with delicacy and precision.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
From Quarry to Co-op: The Art of Stone March 15, 2017 John Geoghegan
Pudlo Pudlat: original works 1976-1988; Ningeosiak Ashoona: Transformations 2007 Gallery Phillip


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Ning Ashoona by the Sea March 2016 Cape Dorset Inuit Art
Stone and Paper: Cape Dorset 2011 October 2011 Native Art Gallery
Fall Migration: A Selection of Birds in Sculpture, Prints and Drawings September 2011 Feheley Fine Arts

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November 22, 2017 Updated By: Lera Kotsyuba
November 16, 2017 Profile edited by Amanda Boetzkes