Kiawak Ashoona

Kiawak Ashoona
Inuit-Cape Dorset, 1933-2014

Mother and Child
Serpentine

Kiawak Ashoona was the fourth son of the tribal leader Ashoona, who helped establish the village of Cape Dorset. Kiawak’s mother was the legendary graphic artist Pitseolak Ashoona. Kiawak is one of the preeminent carvers of his generation, also known for his drawings and prints. His works have been widely exhibited and collected around the world, and his sculpture “Sedna,” portraying the Inuit goddess of the sea, was reproduced on a Canadian stamp in 1980. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2000 and elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 2003.