The Ashoona Legacy

ACI releases free ebook on Inuit artist Pitseolak Ashoona


Pitseolak Ashoona, Legend of the Woman Who Turned into a Narwhal, c. 1974 Coloured felt-tip pen on paper, 66 x 50.7 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Pitseolak occasionally drew on the legends she heard in her youth, particularly from her father, Ottochie. This gem-like drawing has all the hallmarks of her work—Inuit and animals in a landscape setting, portrayed in rich colour and using a vibrant line

One of the first Inuit to create images of traditional life, Pitseolak Ashoona contributed to the establishment of a modern Inuit art form that has received worldwide popular and commercial success. Beyond her own accomplishments, she has influenced generations of Inuit artists, leaving an important and lasting legacy. To learn more, read or download the ACI’s free online art book Pitseolak Ashoona: Life & Work by Christine Lalonde, Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada.