Pauta Saila

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Dancing bear sculpture by Saila in Ottawa's Byward Market

Pauta Saila (1916 or 1917–2009)[1] was an Inuit artist from Kilaparutua, Baffin Island, Canada who resided in Cape Dorset, Nunavut.

His works are massive, simplified sculptures of Arctic wildlife, usually in soapstone; best known are his dancing bears.[2][3]

Pauta's second wife was the Inuit artist Pitaloosie Saila.

He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2003.[2][4]



  1. ^ The ULAN and the Canadian Encyclopedia give 1917, other sources give 1916
  2. ^ a b Short biography on
  3. ^ a b Pauta Saila on the Canadian Encyclopedia
  4. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  • Hessel, Ingo (2002). Inuit Art: an Introduction. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre. ISBN 1-55054-829-8. 

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