Alootook Ipellie

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Alootook Ipellie (1951 – September 8, 2007)[1] was an accomplished Inuit graphic artist, political and satirical cartoonist and writer, photographer, and Inuktitut translator.[1] He was born in the small hunting camp of Nuvuqquq [2] near Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories now known as Iqaluit, Nunavut on Baffin Island. His father Joanassie died in a hunting accident before Ipellie's first birthday and his mother Napatchie moved with him to the hamlet of Frobisher Bay.[3] "He spent his childhood and early teenage years adjusting to the transition from the traditional nomadic Inuit way of life to life in government-sponsored Inuit settlements." [3][4] He died of a heart attack in Ottawa, Ontario at age 56 [1] and is survived by his daughter, Taina Ipellie.


Year Title ISBN
1980 Paper stays put: a collection of Inuit writing edited by Robin Gedalof ; drawings by Alootook Ipellie. Edmonton : Hurtig Publishers 0888301812
1993 Alootook Ipellie. Arctic dreams and nightmares. Penticton, B.C. : Theytus Books. This publication is the first to exclusively feature Alootook Ipellie's stories and his pen and ink drawings.[5] 0919441475
2005 Blohm, Hans, Alootook Ipellie and Hartmut Lutz. The Diary of Abraham Ulrikab. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press 978-0-7766-0602-6
2007 Lutz, Hartmut, Kathrin Grollmuß, Hans Blohm and Alootook Ipellie. Abraham Ulrikab im Zoo: Tagebuch eines Inuk 1880/81. Wesee (Germany): vdL:Verlag. German translation of The Diary of Abraham Ulrikab. 978-3-9263-0810-8
2007 Alootook Ipellie and David MacDonald. The Inuit thought of it : amazing Arctic innovations. Toronto : Annick Press. 9781554510887
2008 Alootook Ipellie and David MacDonald. Innovations inuites : il fallait y penser. Toronto : Éditions Scholastic. 9780545992299
2009 Alootook Ipellie and Anne-Marie Bourgeois. I shall wait and wait. [Oakville, Ont.] : Rubicon. In association with Scholastic Canada. 9781554487332


  1. ^ a b c "Alootook Ipellie’s work lives on in Europe: A fitting legacy for Ipellie". Nunatsiaq News (Iqaluit, Nunavut). 13 December 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Aboriginal Affairs (2009). "Alootook Ipellie, Inuit storyteller". 
  3. ^ a b Joyce MacPhee (29 October 2007). "Remembering Alootook Ipellie". The Epoch Times. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ Theytus Books (2007). "biography". 
  5. ^ Alootook Ipellie (1993). "Arctic dreams and nightmares". Theytus Books. 

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