Photo: Simon Tookoome
Credit: Ernie Bies


drawing, jewellry, printmaking, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Qamani'tuaq (Baker Lake), NU

Date of Birth:

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Date of Death:

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The Igloo Tag Trademark
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Simon Tookoome was from Tariunnuaq (Chantrey Inlet), NU and lived with his family on the land. At different times in his life Tookoome has been a fisherman, a builder, a teacher, a jeweller, an artist and carver, all professions which he imbued with traditional Inuit knowledge. Tookoome began by carving bone and soapstone in the 1960s, but was more interested in drawing as it gave him greater artistic freedom. Tookoome’s graphic style is influenced greatly by his childhood, being raised on the land and hearing traditional stories from his family, “The first things I learned to draw were my mother’s stories…showing the way Inuit used to live.” Drawing ideas from the land around him, Tookoome’s aesthetic engages with hybrid animals and shamanic practices, and is influenced by heavy contour lines and deep, saturated tones of colour.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Simon Tookoome (1934 – 2010) Spring 2011 Marybelle Mitchell
Simon Tookoome: A Life in the Far North Fall/ Winter 2004 James Sinclair
A Chance Encounter With Simon Tookoome Spring 2001 Dorothy Harley Eber


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Simon Tookoome: The Magical World of the Shaman Sept - Sept 2011 Spirit Wrestler Gallery
Spirit Wrestler: Shaman, Sedna and Spirits Oct - Nov 2008 Spirit Wrestler Gallery
Sanavik Impressions Nov 2006 - Jan 2007 Carleton University Art Gallery


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction 2000 Fleck Family Foundation and Canadian Children's Book Centre
Baker Lake Print Collection 1990 Sanavik Co-operative
Baker Lake Print Collection 1989 Sanavik Co-operative

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth, TX, United States
Amway Environmental Foundation Collection Ada, MI, United States
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Victoria, BC, Canada

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October 20, 2017 Created By: Lera Kotsyuba Edited By: Inuit Art Foundation