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Tye Adla

Settlement: Cape Dorset / Kinngait

(1936-1990) — E7-915

Tye Adla's was a sculptor and graphic artist; her husband Kalai is a sculptor. Her brothers Iyola Kingwatsiak and Mikigak Kingwatsiak, and her sister Keeleemeeoomee Samualie, are also artists. Adla began drawing after returning from a tuberculosis sanitorium in the early sixties. Her works, mostly of animals, were done in a style similar to that of her husband's.


  • Canadian Eskimo Arts Festival, Alaska Methodist University Galleries
  • Cape Dorset - Selected Sculpture from the Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *66, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *69, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *70, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *74, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Graphics *75, (annual collection)
  • Cape Dorset Through the Years: 25 Years of Graphics and Sculpture, Arctic Artistry
  • Eskimo Carvings, Waddington
  • Eskimo Games: Graphics and Sculpture/ Giuochi Eschimesi: grafiche e sculture, National Gallery of Modern Art
  • Inoonoot Eskima: Grafik och Skulptur fran Cape Dorset och Povungnituk, Konstframjandet
  • Inuit Games/Inuit Pinguangit/Jeux des inuit, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
  • Inuit Graphics from the Past, Arctic Artistry
  • Inuit Graphics Through the Year: Rare Prints from the Arctic, Arctic Artistry
  • Original Drawings by Nine Cape Dorset Women, Gallery of Fine Canadian Crafts
  • Strange Scenes: Early Cape Dorset Drawings, McMichael Canadian Collection


  • Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth
  • Art Gallery of York University, Downsview
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull
  • Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton
  • Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet
  • Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
  • Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Toronto-Dominion Bank Collection, Toronto
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg


  • THE FAMILY IN INUIT ART — An Exhibition of Inuit Carvings, Prints, and Wallhangings in Celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Inuit Art Enthusiasts, Author: Cochran, Bente Roed, Publication: Edmonton: McMullen Gallery (1989)


Title Last Sold At Auction
ESKIMO FOOTBALL 2019-11 (November 2019)
KANAYOU 2017-11 (November 2017)
MOTHER BEAR AND CUBS 2010-02 (February 2010)

Recent Auction Results

Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Nov 2019 — Sold For: $252
Estimate: 300 — 500
Sold: Nov 2017 — Sold For: $240
Estimate: 200 — 300
Sold: Oct 2014 — Sold For: $132
Estimate: 200 — 400
Sold: Feb 2010 — Sold For: $900
Estimate: 200 — 300
Sold: Jan 2010 — Sold For: $210

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