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Miriam Marealik Qiyuk, ᒪᕆᐊᒪ ᑭᔪ

Settlement: Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq

(1933-2016) — E2-387

Alternative Names: Qiyuk Qiyuk, Miriam Marealik Qiyuk, Nanurluk Qiyuk, Marealik Qiyuk, Keeoak Qiyuk, Nanurlaq Qiyuk

Miriam Marealik Qiyuk is one of the eight surviving children of Jessie Oonark. Qiyuk grew up in the traditional camp lifestyle and moved to 
Baker Lake while in her twenties. She is married to the artist Silas Qiyuk.

In the early 1960s Qiyuk began to create wall-hangings. Due to an allergic reaction to wool, she had to discontinue producing textile works around 1980. 

Her sculpture often deal with an episode of an Inuit legend in which the adventurous hero Kiviuq eventually marries a bird-woman. In these 
works, birds and human figures, delicately rendered, are entwined in a timeless sleep and appear to grow out of what is often an irregularly shaped flat piece of stone."

Maria Muehlen in "North American
Women Artists of the Twentieth
Century: A Biographical Dictionary"
Garland Publishing, 1995.


  • A Woman's Vision, Art Space Gallery
  • Arctic Images: Major Sculptures by Canada's Leading Contemporary Eskimo (Inuit) Artists, at D/Erlien Fine Art Limited presented by Orca Aart, Chicago
  • Arctic Vision: Art of the Canadian Inuit, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Canadian Arctic Producers
  • Arctic Wildlife: The Art of the Inuit, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal
  • Baker Lake - Sculpture and Wallhangings, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Baker Lake Sculpture, The Upstairs Gallery
  • Baker Lake Sculpture, Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec
  • Baker Lake Sculpture: Power and Restraint, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Baker Lake Wallhangings, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Baker Lake Wallhangings 1980, Gallery 10
  • Building on Strengths: New Inuit Art from the Collection, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Crafts from Arctic Canada/Artisanat de l'arctique canadien, Canadian Eskimo Arts Council
  • Die Kunst aus der Arktis, Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Ottawa, presented by Commerzbank
  • Drawings and Sculpture from Baker Lake, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Eskimo Wallhangings, McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario
  • Femmes-sculpteurs Inuit/Inuit Women Sculptors, Lippel Gallery
  • Inspiration Four Decades of Sculpture, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Inuit Art in the 1970s, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • Inuit Master Artists of the 1970s, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Inuit Sculpture 1982, The Raven Gallery
  • Inuit Survival, Enook Galleries, Waterloo, Ontario Presented at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery
  • Inuit Woman: Life and Legend in Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Keewatin Sculpture: Reflections of the Spirit, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
  • Major/Minor, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Mother & Child, Marion Scott Gallery
  • Mother and Child: Selections from the Inuit Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Northern Lights: Inuit Textile Art from the Canadian Arctic, Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Oonark's Family, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Qamanittuaq: The Art of Baker Lake, National Gallery of Canada
  • Sculpture of the Inuit: Lorne Balshine Collection/Lou Osipov Collection/ Dr. Harry Winrob Collection, Surrey Art Gallery
  • Six Women of Baker Lake, The Upstairs Gallery
  • Sojourns to Nunavut: Contemporary Inuit Art from Canada, at Bunkamura Art Gallery, presented by the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and The McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • Spirits and Dreams - Arts of the Inuit of Baker Lake, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
  • Spirits and Shamans/Esprits et chamans, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
  • Takamit - Canadian Eskimo Art: Selections from Private Collections and the Government of Canada, Organized by La Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University
  • The Inuit Amautik: I Like My Hood To Be Full, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Jacqui and Morris Shumiatcher Collection of Inuit Art, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina
  • The Swinton Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • The Zazelenchuk Collection of Eskimo Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Tundra & Ice: Stone Images of Animals and Man, presented by Orca Aart at the Adventurers' Club
  • Uumajut: Animal Imagery in Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Wall Hangings Embroidered and Appliqued from BakerLake, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art
  • Women of the North: An Exhibition of art by Inuit Women of the Canadian Arctic, Marion Scott Gallery


  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria
  • Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal
  • Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet
  • Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal
  • Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg


Title Last Sold At Auction
BIRD HEADS 2009-11 (November 2009)
BIRD MOTHER WITH YOUNG 2022-04 (April 2022)
BIRD WOMAN 2010-04 (April 2010)
BIRDS FLOATING 2019-11 (November 2019)
BIRDS FLOATING ON A WAVE 2020-09 (September 2020)
BIRDS FLOATING ON WAVES 2010-11 (November 2010)
BIRDS ON A SEAL 2013-11 (November 2013)
BIRDS; FLOATING BIRDS 2012-02 (February 2012)
CAMP SCENES 2008-11 (November 2008)
FAMILY 2021-12 (December 2021)
FAMILY GROUP 2018-05 (May 2018)
FLOCK OF BIRDS FLOATING ON A WAVE 2020-09 (September 2020)
HEAD 2007-11 (November 2007)
JESUS 2010-11 (November 2010)
MIGRATION BOAT 2019-05 (May 2019)
SEALS 2007-11 (November 2007)

Recent Auction Results

Estimate: 150 — 250
Sold: Apr 2022 — Sold For: $168
Estimate: 1,500 — 2,500
Sold: Dec 2021 — Sold For: $3,000
Estimate: 700 — 1,000
Sold: May 2021 — Sold For: $600
Estimate: 2,000 — 4,000
Sold: Sep 2020 — Sold For: $2,500
Estimate: 800 — 1,200
Sold: Sep 2020 — Sold For: $1,320
Estimate: 700 — 900
Sold: Jun 2020 — Sold For: $660

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