Uriash Puqiqnak
Various Regions :: Inuit Sculpture

Happy Huntersold
Happy Hunter, 1993 (Gjoa Haven)
soapstone, hide, 17½" × 11" × 11"


Uriash Puqiqnak – Artist Biography

Uriash Puqiqnak (male; b:1946); Inuit art sculpture carver; Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada.

Uriash Puqiqnak, CM is an experienced soapstone carver and former territorial and municipal level politician in Canada. He served as Mayor of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut and was a member of the Nunavut Legislature from 1999 until 2004. His works are on display all over Canada. He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada on July 29, 2005.

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Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Aboriginal 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 aboriginal 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 aboriginal art and artists.