Quvianatuliak Takpaungai
Cape Dorset :: Inuit Sculpture

Drum Dancersold
Drum Dancer, 1990
soapstone, seal skin hide, caribou antler, 33½" × 11½" × 17" (with drum)

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Quvianatuliak Takpaungai – Artist Biography

Quvianatuliak Takpaungai (male; b:1942); Inuit art sculpture carver; Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada.

Quvianatuliak Takpaungai was born in 1942 at Tunit (near Itidliarjuk). His father died when he was very young. His mother, Silaqi, remarried in 1947 to Nuvualla and moved to Lake Harbour.

In 1962, Quvianatuliak married Neevee. They now have 7 children. In 1970, they moved to Cape Dorset to stay.

The name "Quvianatuliak" means "going to a happy place". The artist currently lives about 40 miles northeast of Cape Dorset on Andrew Gordon Bay. He is considered one of the best hunters in Cape Dorset. When not hunting, he carves at his camp throughout the year. Quvianatuliak is a determined artist who enjoys his work and admits to carefully taking his time with each piece. He prefers carving green and black stone, which is only obtainable in the summer. During the winter, he finds other varieties of stone. Recently, he has worked with white marble, which is available near his camp.

Quvianatuliak has tried drawing in the past. Being very self-critical, however, he finds his drawings to be lacking. He prefers to carve instead.

Until his interview with Marion Jackson in 1979, the artist didn't understand where his carvings went after he'd sold them to the co-op. Upon learning their destination, he was pleased to discover that his southern audience enjoys his carvings as much as he enjoys creating them.

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.


She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.