Kenojuak: The Life Story of an Inuit Artist

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Born in an igloo in 1927, Kenojuak was one of the most notable pioneers of modern Inuit art.

 


 
Kenojuak is regarded as one of the most notable pioneers of modern Inuit art. Born in an igloo in 1927, she was one of the first Inuit women in Cape Dorset to begin drawing about 40 years ago. She has since created thousands of drawings, stone-cuts, and prints—all much sought after by museums and collectors.
 
In this biography of her life as both an artist and a person, Ansgar Walk records the story of a woman who lost her father by dramatic events in early youth and who, not 25 years old, had to be treated for several years for tuberculosis in a hospital few away from home. Many of her children and grand children succumbed to disease or accident, as did her husband of 45 years. Nevertheless she has retained her courage, her sense of humor, and her trust in God.
 
Sixty-four photos of the artist (taken by the author), her environment, and some of her latest works add to the description of an extraordinary life story.

 

 


Author: Ansgar Walk

Illustrations: Color photos by Ansgar Walk

Binding Availability: Hardcover

Published: 1999

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Inuit