Artistic Community:

Arviat, 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.


The Igloo Tag Trademark
The Igloo Tag Trademark is an internationally recognized symbol that denotes handmade, original artwork made by Inuit artists in Canada. Established in 1958, the Trademark is now managed by the Inuit Art Foundation. The appearance of the Igloo Tag on an artist profile means they have had the Trademark applied to their artwork.



Romeo Eekerkik (1923-1983) was a carver/sculptor from Arviat, NU. Eekerkik is noted for his use of bone and caribou antler to create his intricate sculptures. Eekerkik’s artwork primarily features human or spiritual figures such as shamans, as well as animals from northern environments. Eekerkik also creatively collaborated with his wife, Martha Ikiperiak Eekerkik (1912-1979). She was a seamstress who created wall hangings, and Eekerkik used caribou antler to carve the faces that his wife included in her wall hangings. Eekerkik’s artwork has been included in several exhibitions from 1977 to 1986, and is located within collections at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, ON and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, MB.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Keewatin 2000 2000 Nigel Reading
Pelts to Stone: A History of Arts & Crafts Production in Arviat 1993 Mark Kalluak and Northern Affairs Program (Canada), Inuit Art Section


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
L'art et la Matiere: Peintures au sable de Claude Durand - Sculptures d'Art Esquimaux 1986 Conseil Municipal le Comite d'Animation Culturelle
Uumajut: Animal Imagery in Inuit Art Mar - May 1985 Winnipeg Art Gallery
Arctic Vision: Art of the Canadian Inuit 1984 Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Canadian Arctic Producers


View Filmography and Details
Title Release Date Role
Inuit Gallery presents "Monumental Inuit Sculpture" : March 30, 1996 1996

Public Collections

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Collection Location
National Gallery of Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada
Winnipeg Art Gallery Winnipeg, MB, Canada