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Kujjuaq, Nunavik, 1906
Biography synopsis
Jeannie Snowball (also spelled Jeanie) was an Inuit artist from Kujjuaq (also known as Fort Chimo), Northern Quebec. In 1961, Snowball was recognized as an artisan for her invention of 'Ookpik' (word meaning owl), a little toy owl made of sealskin which became very popular across North America as a symbol of the North. It was selected as the icon of Canada Week at the Philadelphia Trade Fair of 1963.
Media used
File & Archive locations
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC

Writings about
Biographies of Inuit Artists, Volumes One and Two. Ottawa: Canadian Arctic Producers, Arctic Co-operatives Limited, 1984.
"Ookpik." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia 2010
Crandall, Richard C. Inuit Art: A History. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2000.
Crasweller, Lesley. "Nakwami, Ookpik." North 14.6 (Nov./Dec. 1967): 24-25.
Crowe, Keith J. A History of the Original Peoples of Northern Canada. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1991.
Gamester, George. "Names in the News." Toronto Star (5 Aug. 1976): Section D.
Green, Henry Gordon. A Heritage of Canadian Handicrafts. McClelland and Stewart, 1967.
Howard, Richard; Lacoursiere, Jacques; Bouchard, Claude. A New History of Canada: Quiet Revolution, 1960-1967. Quebec: Éditions Format, 1972.
Iglauer, Edith. Inuit Journey. Douglas & McIntyre Ltd., 1979.
Issenman, Betty. Sinews of Survival: The Living Legacy of Inuit Clothing. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1997.
McNeill, James. "Three Eskimo Legends of Ookpik." North 15.6 (Nov./Dec. 1968): 12-13.
Myers, Marybelle Mitchell. Things Made by Inuit. Québec: Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau Québec, 1980.

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