Qaqaq Ashoona (also known as Kaka), sculptor (b at Ikerrasak camp, S Baffin I, NWT 19 Aug 1928; d at Cape Dorset, NWT 2 Nov 1996). Elder son of Inuk artist PITSEOLAK ASHOONA
, Qaqaq is a central figure in this remarkable creative family which includes his brothers KIAWAK
and Kumwartok (sculptors), sister Napatchie Pootoogook (graphic artist), as well as wife Mayureak (sculptor and graphic artist) and son Ohitok (sculptor). A reserved man with traditional values, Qaqaq chose for most of his life not to reside in the modern settlement of CAPE DORSET
, NWT, preferring instead to maintain a year-round camp on the land. He began his artistic career at about age 18, and his sculpture achieved recognition for the sense of monumentality and strength he gave to animal and human subjects alike.
See also INUIT ART.
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge
The website for the Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge, which features Canada's largest essay writing competition for Aboriginal youth (ages 14-29) and a companion program for those who prefer to work through painting, drawing and photography. See their guidelines, teacher resources, profiles of winners, and more. From the Historica-Dominion Institute.