Photo: Qaunaq Mikkigak
Credit: Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery


drawing, jewellery, sculpture/carving

Artistic Community:

Kinngait (Cape Dorset), 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.




Qaunaq lived a traditional life on the land before moving to Cape Dorset with her husband and parents. Her mother, Mary Qayuaryuk, was a talented artist, doing both drawing and carving. Qaunaq did not attempt to draw until 1960 but abandoned her initial efforts and did not try again until the late seventies. Five of her drawings were subsequently made into prints between 1980 and 1986. As well as drawing, Qaunaq has been honoured for her jewellery designs. - "Strange Scenes," Blodgett & Gustavison, 1993, p. 52.View Long Biography and Citations


View All Publications and Details
Title Year Author
Grandmother Ptarmigan 2013 Qaunaq Mikkigak and Joanne F. Schwartz
The Legend of the Fog 2011 Qaunaq Mikkigak and Joanne F. Schwartz
Cape Dorset Prints: A Retrospective 2007 Leslie Boyd Ryan


View All Exhibitions and Details
Name Year Gallery
Mothers in Inuit Art May 2010 Feheley Fine Arts
Arctic Miniatures November - December 2006 The Albers Gallery
Small Sculptures by Great Artists December 2005 - January 2006 Feheley Fine Arts

Public Collections

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Collection Location
Canada Council Art Bank Ottawa, ON, Canada
Glenbow Museum Calgary, AB, Canada
Inuit Cultural Institute Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories

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May 16, 2019 Profile edited by Kirk Kitzul