Looty Pijamini

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Looty Pijamini in his shop where he creates his famous carvings
Monument of the first Inuit settlers of 1952 and 1955

Looty Pijamini (Inuktitut syllabics: ᓘᑎ ᐱᔭᒥᓂ) (born 1953) is an Inuit artist.[1] He lives and works in Grise Fiord, Nunavut.[2]

Pijamini was born November 14, 1953, in Clyde River, Nunavut,[3] and moved to Grise Fiord in 1961, when his father, who was a special constable in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was posted there.[4]

Along with Simeonie Amagoalik in Resolute, Pijamini was commissioned by the Canadian government to build a monument to the High Arctic relocation which took place in 1955. Pijamini's monument, located in Grise Fiord, depicts a woman with a young boy and a husky, with the woman somberly looking out towards the ocean. Pijamini said that he intentionally made them look melancholy because the relocation was not a happy event. The monument was unveiled in September 2010, and received praise from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Looty Pijamini". Spirit Wrestler Gallery. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Gregoire, Lisa (October 2008). "Grise Fiord: Cold warriors". Canadian Geographic: 4. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Grise Fiord Looty Pijamini". Arctic Exile Monument Project. Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Watson, Paul (Dec 2, 2009). "Artist's legacy honours exiles". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "High Arctic exiles to be honoured". cbcnews|Canada. September 6, 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2011.