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Malaya Akulukjuk

 (1915 - 1995)
Malaya Akulukjuk was active/lived in Nunavut / Canada.  Malaya Akulukjuk is known for symbolic tapestry design, Arctic landscape drawing.

Biography   Malaya Akulukjuk


Inuit artist Malaya Akulukjuk (also known as Malaiya/Malia/Kilapik) was born in 1915 (other sources variously state 1912 and 1921) in Qikiqtat Camp (Kirkitant), Nunavut.  In her youth, Akulukjuk moved to Pangnirtung.  Well respected in the Pangnirtung community, Akulukjuk was given the status of shaman.

Through her renditions of anthropomorphic figures, especially her portrayal of bird-women and the Inuit Sea Goddess Sedna, Akulukjuk communicated concepts of Inuit spirituality and shamanism.  Akulukjuk's works inspired future generations of artists in Pangnirtung; they used her lively designs as a basis for creating woven tapestries. Akulukjuk's later drawings depict Arctic landscapes.

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