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She was also a member of the Royal Academy of the Arts. Pitseolak was born to Timungiak and Oootochie Nottingham Island in the Northwest Territories.
She grew up biography the traditional life of hunting, gathering and shamans. She was part of one of the last generations of Giography who grew up with the traditional lifestyles enjoyed by the North American Inuit since before BC. Marrying Ashoona, a hunter, in in the Foxe Peninsula of Baffin Island, they raised 17 children, 5 of which survived past infancy.
Four she raised herself after her husband Ashoona the hunter died from a viral sickness age kiaawk, leaving her all alone with a handful of kids; Kumwartok, Qaqaq, Kiawak and daughter Napawchie Pootoogook. Her cousin, Kiakshuk and James Houston both inspired her to try her biography at drawing, then copper plates, a technique she did not enjoy.
In the last two decades of her life, she assembled a collection of over images, of which became prints in her Cape Dorset Collection.
Her artwork focuses on both daily life and legends, or Taleelayu. Pitseolak was inspired by other artists in her community that started before her, "I don't know who did the first print, but Kiakshuk, Niviaksiak, Oshawetok and Tudlik were all drawing at the beginning.
I liked the first prints… because they were truly Eskimo" Eber, Pitseolak was accepted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in and was awarded the Order of Canada in for her work. An arts grant awarded to her in sparked experimentation in a new medium -
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Initially, she approached painting like drawing, outlining in pencil and then filling in with colour.
Pitseolak asuoona prints to be the most challenging as she states in Eber's book Pitseolak: You must think first and this is hard to do. Her in commemoration of International Woman's Day, and inshe was made a Member of the Order of Canada, the first level of the highest possible honour for a Canadian civilian.
On May 28,Pitseolak Ashoona died in Cape Dorset. She was survived by a large family of artists, including: Napatchie Pootoogook, graphic biography — daughter. Annie Pootoogook,artist; granddaughter Qaqaq Ashoona "Kaka" —sculptor — elder son Ohitok, sculptor — grandson Kiawak Ashoona born "Kiugak"sculptor — son Shuvinai Ashoona, artist, granddaughter Kumwartok Ashoona, sculptor — son External Article from The Canadian Encyclopedia Category: Canadian Inuit people Category: Members of the Order of Canada Category: Artists from Nunavut Category: People from Qikiqtaaluk Region Category: Members sahoona the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.