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i u a pi pu pa ti tu ta ki ku ka gi gu ga mi mu ma ni nu na si su sa li lu la ji ju ja vi vu va ri ru ra qi qu qa ngi ngu nga lhi lhu lha

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Kiakshuk, ᑭᐊᓱ



engraving, 1963, 16/50, framed and glazed, Blemish top left corner, overall very good condition. This artwork has not been removed from its housing for inspection.

Please contact the specialist for further condition information.

10 x 12 in — 25.4 x 30.5 cm

Estate of W.A. Ross MacFadden, Toronto, ON

A somewhat wide eyed and startled looking couple brandishing hunting implements appear amidst an abundance of staple Kinngait foods, caribou and fish, in this iconic engraving by Kiakshuk. A reputed shaman, and well known story teller, the artist was responsible for some fifty-two prints during his short career between 1960 and his death in 1963. [1,2] Pitseolak Ashoona said of him in 1971 that he did “real Eskimo drawings” since he had grown up with the traditional old ways. Kiakshuk’s son was the talented Lukta Qiatsuk (see lot 9 of this sale).


Canadian Eskimo Arts Committee, Eskimo Graphic Art / L’art Graphique des Esquimaux, Ottawa: Mortimer ltd., 1963. pl. 32.


1. Katilvik, “Kiakshuk, ᑭᐊᓱ”,Accessed February 21, 2022. Click here to read more.

2. Lutz, Maija, Hunters Carvers, and Collectors: The Chauncey C. Nash Collection of Inuit Art, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2012.

Estimate: $300—500

Auction Results

Auction Date Auction House Lot # Low Est High Est Sold Price
2022-03-17 Waddington's 13 300 500 480.00
2020-01-23 Waddington's 157 300 500 240.00
2016-08-25 Waddington's 118 300 500 300.00
2008-04-14 Waddington's 3 400 600 690.00
2007-04-23 Waddington's 2 300 500 420.00

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