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Artist: Kenojuak Ashevak

(1927-2013)

Kenojuak Ashevak, a Canadian artist and printmaker, is regarded as one of the most notable pioneers of modern Inuit art

She was born in Ikirasaq, an Inuit camp, at the southern coast of Baffin Island

Her father was a hunter, fur trader, and respected shaman. When she was only six years old, he was assassinated by Christian converts.

She was arranged to marry a local hunter, but was reluctant, and even playfully threw pebbles at him when he approached her

She was one of the first Inuit women in Cape Dorset to begin drawing, and she went on to create the first Inuit stained glass window for the John Bell Chapel in Ontario

She worked in graphite, colored pencils, poster paints, watercolor, and acrylics as well as creating etchings and carvings from soapstone