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Silas Aittauq

Settlement: Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq

(1933) — E2-465

Alternative Names: Aittauq Aittauq, Silas Aittauq, Itow Aittauq

Silas Aittauq lived on the land as a hunter and trapper before settling in Baker Lake where he started to carve in 1960. At that time, he used tools such as an axe, file and sandpaper to create his sculptures. He most enjoys working with stone and often carves abstracted compositional forms of animals and people.

Aittauq is married to Baker Lake artist Peggy Qablunaaq Aittauq, daughter of the late Jessie Oonark.


  • Art of the Eskimo: Contemporary Sculpture & Drawings from the Canadian Arctic, Gallery 100 Hudson
  • Baker Lake Festival: Sculpture, Drawings, and Wallhangings, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Baker Lake Sculpture, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Baker Lake Sculpture, The Upstairs Gallery
  • Crafts from Arctic Canada/Artisanat de l'arctique canadien, Canadian Eskimo Arts Council
  • Drawings and Sculpture from Baker Lake, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Inspiration Four Decades of Sculpture, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Inuit Masterworks: Selections from the Collection of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, McMichael Canadian Collection
  • Masterwork Sculpture 1986, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Multiple Realities: Inuit Images of Shamanic Transformation, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Sculpture, Canadian Eskimo Arts Council a competition/exhibition organized as a contribution to the Centennial of the N.W.T.
  • Silas Aittauq - Sculpture in Stone, The Upstairs Gallery
  • Spirits and Dreams - Arts of the Inuit of Baker Lake, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
  • The Coming and Going of the Shaman: Eskimo Shamanism and Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The People Within - Art from Baker Lake, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • The Zazelenchuk Collection of Eskimo Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • We Lived by Animals/Nous Vivions des Animaux, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in cooperation with the Department of External Affairs


  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City
  • Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
  • Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg


  • ARCTIC LIFE: Challenge to Survive., Author: Jacobs, Martina Magenau & James B. Richardson, eds, Publication: Pittsburgh: Carnegie Institute. (1983)
  • BRIEF OUTLINE OF DEVELOPMENT OF CAP AS THE MARKETING OUTLET FOR NORTHERN PRODUCERS OF ARTS AND CRAFT, Author: Canadian Arctic Producers, Publication: Ottawa: Canadian Arctic Producers Cooperative Limited (1972)
  • CONTEMPORARY INUIT DRAWINGS, Author: Jackson, Marion E., Publication: Guelph, Ontario: Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (1987)
  • COPYRIGHT PROTECTION FOR ESKIMO ART., Author: Canada. Dept. of Indian and Northern Affairs, Publication: Ottawa : Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Inuttituut, newsletter no.2:1-4. (1977)
  • GEORGE TATTANIQ (SIC) OF BAKER LAKE., Author: Tataniw, George, Publication: Winnipeg: Upstairs Gallery. (1980)
  • QIKAALUKTUT: IMAGES OF INUIT LIFE., Author: Blundell, Valda, Publication: Toronto, Ont. : Inuit Art Quarterly 1(1):12-13 (1986)
  • SHAMAN: THE WOUNDED HEALER., Author: Halifax, Joan, Publication: London, England : Thames and Hudson. (1982)
  • THE VITAL VISION — Drawings by Ruth Annaqtuusi Tulurialik, Author: Tulurialik, Ruth Annaqtuusi, Publication: Windsor, Ontario: Art Gallery of Windsor (1986)
  • TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE SWINTON. — Interviewed by Peter Millard on May 20, 1985 in Morrisburg, Ontario., Author: CEAC [Canadian Eskimo Arts Council], Publication: Ottawa : Department of Indian and Northern Affairs (1985)


Title Last Sold At Auction
ANIMALS 2008-11 (November 2008)
BEAR 2007-11 (November 2007)
BEARS 2012-05 (May 2012)
COMPOSITION 2009-10 (October 2009)
FACE WITH TWO BEARS 2008-05 (May 2008)
FAMILY 2014-09 (September 2014)
KAUTYAYUK 2015-11 (November 2015)
ONE BEAR EATING ANOTHER 2010-09 (September 2010)
OPPOSING FACES 2018-05 (May 2018)
POLAR BEAR 2019-11 (November 2019)
POLAR BEAR WITH CUB 2019-11 (November 2019)
POLAR BEAR WITH SPIRITS 2010-01 (January 2010)
SHAMAN TRANSFORMING 2007-11 (November 2007)
TRANSFORMATION FIGURE 2010-11 (November 2010)

Recent Auction Results

Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $240
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $252
Estimate: 600 — 900
Sold: May 2018 — Sold For: $480
Estimate: 200 — 300
Sold: Nov 2016 — Sold For: $144
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Nov 2015 — Sold For: $180
Estimate: 400 — 600
Sold: Sep 2014 — Sold For: $672

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