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Iqaluit, Nunavut, 1911
Cape Dorset, Nunavut, 1980
Biography synopsis
Inuit artist Ikayukta Tunnillie (Ikajukta/Ekayutaq/Ikadukta) began to explore printmaking when it was introduced to the Inuit of Cape Dorset in the 1950s; she was one of the earliest artists to contribute works to the annual print collections. Between 1971 and 1980, she produced thirty prints that were featured in print catalogues. Tunnillie participated in several group exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States. In 1981, the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver held a retrospective of her work titled "Ikayukta Retrospect: Stonecuts, Lithographs and Drawings from 1972 to 1980." Tunnillie's drawings and engravings are included in the collections of the Canadian Museum of History, the Edmonton Art Gallery, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the National Gallery of Canada, and many other well-known institutions.
Media used
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
Canadian Museum of Civilization Archives, QC

Writings about
Inuit Art 2001 Calendar. Toronto: Dorset Fine Arts, 2000
Katilvik.com 2010
AboriginArt Galleries. "Ikayukta Tunnillie (Ikajukta; Tunnillie; Ekayutaq; Ikadukta)." Inuit.net 1995
Arctic Circle. On the Land: An Exhibit of Sculpture and Graphics by Major Eskimo Artists Reflecting Their Tie to the Sustaining Land. Los Angeles, California: The Arctic Circle, 1984
Arts and Culture of the North (Organization). Arts and Culture of the North, Volumes 17-26. Madison, Wisconsin: Arts and Culture of the North, 1984
Blodgett, Jean. In Cape Dorset We Do It This Way: Three Decades of Inuit Printmaking. Kleinburg, Ont.: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1991
Blodgett, Jean. The Coming and Going of the Shaman: Eskimo Shamanism and Art. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1978
Blodgett, Jean and Susan Gustavison. Strange Scenes: Early Cape Dorset Drawings. Kleinburg, Ontario: McMichael Canadian Collection, 1993
Crandall, Richard C. Inuit Art: A History. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2000
Eber, Dorothy Harley. "Visits With Pia." Beaver (Winter 1983): 20-27
Gustavison, Susan. Arctic Expressions: Inuit Art and the Canadian Eskimo Arts Council, 1961-1989. Kleinburg, Ontario: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1994
Houston, Alma. Inuit Art: An Anthology. Watson & Dwyers Publishers, 1988
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver. Inuit Drawings. Vancouver: Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, 1990
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver. Return of the Birds. Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, 1983
Jackson, Marion. "An Interview With Ikayukta." Dorset 78: Cape Dorset Annual Graphics Collection 1978. Toronto: M.F. Feheley, (1978): 9-10
Jackson, Marion Elizabeth. "Inuit Prints: Impressions of a Culture in Transition." LSA 9.1 (Fall 1985): 6-12
Lester, Patrick D. "Ikayukta: Inuit." The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters. University of Oklahoma Press, 1995
Lipton, Barbara. Arctic Vision: Art of the Canadian Inuit: A Traveling Exhibition. Canadian Arctic Producers, 1984
McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Cape Dorset Revisited. Kleinburg, Ontario: 1995
Muscarelle Museum of Art. Contemporary Inuit Drawings: The Gift Collection of Frederick and Lucy S. Herman. Williamsburg, Virginia: College of William and Mary in Virginia, 1993
National Museum of Man. The Inuit Print/L'estampe inuit. Ottawa: National Museum of Man, 1982
West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. Cape Dorset Prints/ Estampes Cape Dorset. [Annual] West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative & M.F. Feheley, (1971-1976, 1978-1980)
West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. Dorset 79: The Twentieth Annual Cape Dorset Graphics Collection. Toronto: M.F. Feheley, 1979
West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. Eskimo Graphic Arts/ Les arts graphiques esquimaux, 1960-1970. [Annual] Baffin Island, Northwest Territories: West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative, (1960-1970)

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