Photo: Napachie Pootoogook


drawing, printmaking

Artistic Community:

Kinngait, 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.

Qikiqtaaluk, NU
26 June 1938

Date of Death:

Artists may have multiple dates of death listed as a result of when and where they passed away. Similar to date of birth, an artist may have passed away outside of a community centre or in another community resulting in different dates being recorded.




Napachie Pootoogook was born in 1938 in the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut. Pootoogook’s artistic career in drawing and printmaking began during the late 1950s. Pootoogook's early works focus on depictions of Inuit spirituality and stories while her later works record Inuit traditional life, clothing and community history, particularly on the experiences of women. Her prints have been included in almost every Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection since the 1960s until her death in 2002. During her lifetime, Pootoogook created over five thousand drawings and was included in numerous solo shows and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Canadian and Indigenous Art: 1968 to Present Fall 2017 Lindsay Nixon
Dorset Seen 2017 Leslie Boyd and Sandra Dyck
Napachie Pootoogook on Brazilian Stamp Winter 2007 Inuit Art Foundation


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Napachie Pootoogook True North May 2014 Feheley Fine Arts
Women in Charge Inuit Contemporary Women Artists Dec 2011 - Feb 2012 Museo Nazionale Preistorica Etnografica “Luigi Pigorini”
Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection April 2011 Art Gallery of Ontario


View All Achievements and Details
Achievement Year Organization
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 2003
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 1996
Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection 1993

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Ackland Art Museum Chapel Hill, NC, United States
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University Kingston, ON, Canada
Amon Carter Museum of American Art Fort Worth, TX, United States

Edit History

January 9, 2018 Updated by: Rebecca Gray
September 12, 2017 Created by: Cynthia Rico Updated by: Inuit Art Foundation