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, 1920
, 1968
Biography synopsis
Paunichea (also known as Paunichiak/Pannechiak/Pannichiak/Pannichea/Munamee) was an Inuit sculptor and graphic artist who lived in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Paunichea was the daughter of well-known artist Kiakshuk (1886-1966) and was married to fellow artist Davidee Munamee. Like many Inuit of her community, Paunichea participated in several of the Cape Dorset Graphics exhibitions, and her prints were collected in the catalogues between 1960 and 1969. Many of her drawings depict birds, fish, and other animals rendered in a whimsical manner. Her graphic work has toured across Canada, the United States, and parts of Europe and can be found in several museum collections including the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Glenbow Museum, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Royal Ontario Museum, among many others. Her son, Axangayu Shaa (b. 1937) is a practicing artist.
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File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives

Writings about
Inoonoot Eskima: Grafik och Skulptur fran Cape Dorset och Povungnituk Konstframjandet. Stockholm, Sweden: 1967. 2010
The Art of the Eskimo. Burnaby, British Columbia: Simon Fraser University Gallery, 1971.
AboriginArt Galleries. "Paunichea (Pannechiak; Pannichiak; Pannichea)." 1995
Alaska Methodist University Galleries. Canadian Eskimo Arts Festival. Anchorage, Alaska: 1970.
Blodgett, Jean. "Christianity and Inuit Art." Beaver (Autumn 1984): 16-25.
Crandall, Richard C. Inuit Art: A History. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2000.
Department of External Affairs, Canada. Graphic Art by Eskimos of Canada: Second Collection. Ottawa: 1970.
Duval, Paul. A Heritage of Canadian Art: The McMichael Collection. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1979.
Gray, Philip Howard. Directory of Eskimo Artists in Sculpture and Prints. Bozeman, Montana: Philip Howard Gray, 1974.
Houston, Alma. Inuit Art: An Anthology. Watson & Dwyers Publishers, 1988.
Pitseolak, Peter & Eber, Dorothy. People from Our Side: A Life Story With Photographs. 1993.
Toronto-Dominion Bank. The Eskimo Art Collection of the Toronto-Dominion Bank/ Collection d'art esquimau de la Banque Toronto-Dominion. Toronto: Toronto-Dominion Bank, 1967.
Turner, Evan H. et al. Eskimo Graphic Art/L'art graphique des Esquimaux. Ottawa: National Film Board of Canada, 1963.
West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. Cape Dorset Graphics. [Annual] West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative & M.F. Feheley, (1960, 1961, 1963, 1965-1969).
Winnipeg Art Gallery. Looking South. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1978.

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