Pitseolak Ashoona

Born on the Southeast coast of Tujjaat (NU) and based in Kinngait (Cape Dorset, NU), Pitseolak Ashoona (1904-1983) is the first artist in the Ashoona's line. Her work depicts the strength, resilience, and identity of Inuit women. The self-taught artist produced over 9 000 drawings—primarily in graphite, pencil crayons, and felt-tip pens—in her lifetime. Pitseolak Ashoona works were openly autobiographical in her portrayal of vivid memories and life stories—an quality that she passed on to the future generations of artists in the family. She was elected to the Royal Academy of Art (1974) and received the Order of Canada (1977) for her contributions to Canadian art.