Barbara
Akoak

Photo: Barbara Akoak of Inuk Barbie Designs
Barbara
Akoak

Medium:

beadwork, jewellery, metalwork, organic materials, painting, performance, throat singing

Artistic Community:

Iqaluit, NU

Date of Birth:

Artists may have multiple birth years listed as a result of when and where they were born. For example, an artist born in the early twentieth century in a camp outside of a community centre may not know/have known their exact date of birth and identified different years.

Kitikmeot Region, NU
03 March 1989

Work

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Biography

Barbara Akoak is a skilled visual and performing artist from Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay), NU, who is based out of Iqaluit, NU. Working primarily in goldsmithing, she ensures that most, if not all, of the material used in her work are eco-friendly and biodegradable. Akoak uses her work to engage with environmental protection and honouring the life of the animals whose materials are used; the usage of animal and natural material also allows for the dispelling of myths of the north being a lifeless-tundra. Akoak has travelled across Canada working as an artist, both selling and making work. She has been featured in many magazines including being on the cover of "Up Here" Oct/Nov 2017 issue.View Long Biography and Citations

Publications

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Title Year Author
Indigenous Fashion Week Spotlight: Barbara Akoak of Inuk Barbie Designs June 1, 2018 Inuit Art Quarterly
Celebrating college and institute alumni excellence! October 2017 Colleges and Institutes Canada
8 INDIGENOUS DESIGNERS WHO NEED TO BE ON YOUR RADAR September 19, 2017 Selena Mills

Achievements

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Achievement Year Organization
Bronze Metal for Student Awards 2014 Skills Canada Competition

Filmography

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Title Release Date Role
Two Soft things, Two Hard Things 2016 Musician/Singer
The Inuit Silence Herself