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"Sedna Embracing Walrus"
Quartzite (Arctic Marble)
22" High x 15" Wide
A Masterpiece - $21,500
Born: September 18, 1928 - 1996 Male E7-1101
Resides: Cape Dorset
May 1953 Eskimo Carvings: Coronation Exhibition Gimpel Fils London, England
(illustrated catalogue)
1955   Eskimo Sculpture arranged by the Department of Northern Affairs and
National Resources, and the National Gallery of Canada Ottawa,Ont.
1967 Eskimo Sculpture Winnipeg Art Gallery presented at the Manitoba
April - May 1967 Legislative Building Winnipeg, Manitoba. (illustrated catalogue)
Carvings and Prints by the Family of Pitseolak Robertson Galleries.
  Ottawa, Ontario
1968   Eskimo Sculpture Man & His World, Arctic Pavilion Montreal, Quebec
May - June 1969   Eskimo Sculpture '69. Robertson Galleries Ottawa, Ontario
  (illustrated catalogue)
1970 Mythology in Stone. Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec Montreal, Quebec
June - July 1970 Sculpture Canadian Eskimo Arts Council a competition/exhibition
organized as a contribution to the Centennial of the N.W.T. Yellowknife,
Northwest Territories.
(illustrated catalogue)
September - October 1970   Canadian Eskimo Arts Festival. Alaska Methodist University Galleries
  Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.
  (illustrated catalogue)
September - October 1970 The Woodget Collection of Eskimo Art and Artifacts Nova Scotia
Museum of Fine Art Halifax, Nova Scotia. (catalogue)
November - December 1970 Whalebone and Stone Eskimo Carvings. Waddington Galleries Montreal,
Quebec (illustrated catalogue)
1971 Sculpture in Miniature. Canadian Guild of Crafts Montreal, Quebec
1971 - 1973 Sculpture/Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic Canadian Eskimo
Arts Council, Ottawa, Ontario. (tour) (illustrated catalogue)
January - February 1971 The Art of the Eskimo. Simon Fraser Gallery, Simon Fraser
University,Burnaby, British Columbia. (catalogue)
September - October 1971   Eskimo Carvings and Prints from the Collection of York University Art
  Gallery of York University Downsview, Ontario. (illustrated catalogue)
January - February 1972    - INUA: 50 Works from the Cappadocia Collection of Inuit Art McMaster Art Gallery Hamilton, Ontario
January - March 1972    - Eskimo Fantastic Art Gallery 111, School of Art, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba (tour)
(illustrated catalogue)
October - November 1973     - Sculpture Inuit 25 Years After Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec Montreal, Quebec
December 1973 - January 1974    - Les Eskimos/De Eskimo's,Studio 44 - Passage 44 Brussels, Belgium. (illustrated catalogue)
1974    - Cape Dorset Sculpture. Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, Quebec
June - September 1974    - Ulu/Inua: Form and Fantasy in Eskimo, Art Casino Gallery, Ravinia Park, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. (catalogue)
August 1974    - Ten Masterworks Exhibition Artists, Gallery of the Arctic, Victoria, British Columbia. (illustrated catalogue)
1975    - Cape Dorset - Selected Sculpture from the Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba. (illustrated catalogue)
January 1975    - The Hand, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art Toronto, Ontario. (illustrated catalogue)
September 1975     Sedna, the sea spirit: Sculpture in bone and stone. The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art, Toronto, Ontario
April 1976   - Baffin Island Sculpture Exhibition, Baffin Regional School Iqaluit, Northwest Territories
September 1976    - The Bear, the Owl, the Walrus. The Arctic Circle Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
1977    - Kaka and Axangayuk.Gallery Shop,London Public Library, London, Ontario
March - June 1978    - The Coming and Going of the Shaman:Eskimo Shamanism and Art. Winnipeg Art Gallery. Winnipeg, Manitoba. (illustrated catalogue)
October 1978    - Kiawak, Kumwartok, Kaka: The Sons of Pitseolak Ashoona - Cape Dorset. The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art Toronto, Ontario. (illustrated brochure)
1979 - 1981    - By the Light of the Qulliq: Eskimo Life in the Canadian Arctic. Smithsonian Institution, A travelling exhibition of Inuit art from the Feheley Collection. Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
(tour) (illustrated catalogue)
July 1979 - May 1980    - Inuit Art in the 1970s. Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Kingston, Ontario (tour)
(illustrated catalogue)
October 1979    - Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterwork Exhibitors of the Canadian Arctic Inuit Gallery of Vancouver Vancouver, British Columbia. (illustrated catalogue)
1980    - Eskimo Sculpture from the Eastern Arctic. Ufundi Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario
January - February 1980    - Inuit Master Artists of the 1970s. Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
January - March 1980   Cape Dorset. Winnipeg Art Galler, Winnipeg, Manitoba. (illustrated catalogue)
February - March 1980    - Collectors' Choice - An Exhibition of Important Inuit Sculpture. Waddington Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
September - October 1980   La deesse inuite de la mer/The Inuit Sea Goddess. Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal Montreal, Quebec. (tour) (illustrated catalogue)
May - June 1981    - Four Cape Dorset Sculptors. Theo Waddington Galleries, Toronto, Ontario
September - October 1981    - The Jacqui and Morris Shumiatcher Collection of Inuit Art. Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan. (illustrated catalogue)
October - November 1981    - The Inuit Sea Goddess. Surrey Art Gallery, (organized to complement the Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal exhibit of the same name) Vancouver, British Columbia. (illustrated catalogue)
1982    - Ashoona Kaka. Inuit Galerie, Mannheim, Germany
(illustrated catalogue)
March - April 1982    - Songs in Stone. The Arctic Circle, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
1983    - An Enduring Tradition II: Inuit Carving from the Northwest Territories. Inuit Gallery of Vancouver , Vancouver, British Columbia. (illustrated catalogue)
October - December 1983    - Inuit Masterworks: Selections from the Collection of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
November 1983 - January 1984    - Inuit Art at Rideau Hall. Presented by Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa, Ontario
February - March 1984   - Canadian Inuit Art, City Hall , Nuuk/Godthab, Greenland
February 1984 - June 1986    - Arctic Vision: Art of the Canadian Inuit, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Canadian Arctic Producers, Ottawa, Ontario. (tour) (illustrated catalogue)
March - June 1984    - The Oral Tradition, National Museum of Man, Ottawa, Ontario
June 1984    - Demons and Spirits and those who wrestled with them. he Arctic Circle, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
September - October 1984    - On the Land. The Arctic Circle, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A
November 1984 - February 1985    - Stones, Bones, Cloth, and Paper: Inuit Art in Edmonton Collections, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
October 1986    - Masterwork Sculpture 1986. Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia. (illustrated catalogue)
January 1987    - Contemporary Sculpture from the Arctic. Arctic Artistry. Hartsdale, New York, U.S.A.
February - June 1987    - The Lindsay and Swartz Collections: New Acquisitions, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
March 1988    - Arctic Forms - Inuit Sculpture, Arctic Inuit Art Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.
October 1988   Opening Exhibition, Nunavut Fine Arts Limited, Toronto, Ontario
November 1988 - April 1989    - Night Spirits: Cape Dorset 1960-1965, Winnipeg Art Gallery , Winnipeg, Manitoba
December 1988 - 1989    - Im Schatten der Sonne:Zeitgenossische Kunst der Indianer und Eskimos in Kanada/In the Shadow of the Sun: Contemporary Indian and Inuit Art in Canada, Canadian Museum of Civilizatio, Ottawa, Ontario. (tour) (illustrated catalogue)
January - February 1989    - The Early Years: Sculpture from the 50's and 60's, The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art, Toronto, Ontario. (illustrated brochure)
February - April 1989     - Spoken in Stone: an exhibition of Inuit Art. Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies,Banff, Alberta. (tour) (illustrated brochure)
June 1989    - Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks. Presented by the Amway Corporation at the United Nations General Assembly, New York, New York, U.S.A. (tour) (illustrated catalogue)
January - September 1990    - Arctic Mirror. Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
 May 1990    - Early and Contemporary Sculpture and Prints by Well-Known Inuit Artists. Arctic Artistry, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A.
June - July 1990    - Small Sculptures from across the Canadian Arctic. Feheley Fine Arts,Toronto, Ontario
June 1990 - July 1992    - The First Passionate Collector: The Ian Lindsay Collection of Inuit ArtWinnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, (tour) (illustrated catalogue)
December 1990 - January 1991    - A Family Tradition: Inuit Art from Canada's Arctic Presented by Arctic Inuit Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.
February 1991    - Animals of the Arctic, Arctic Inuit Art, Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.
February - March 1991    - Cape Dorset Sculpture. McMaster Art Gallery Hamilton, Ontario
February - June 1991    - Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture Exhibition (first exhibition) , Vancouver Inuit Art Society, Vancouver, British Columbia
June - September 1991    - Granville Island Canadian Inuit Sculpture Exhibition (second exhibition),Vancouver Inuit Art Society,Vancouver, British Columbia
 August - September 1991    - Cape Dorset Stone Sculpture: Masters & the Next Generation, Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia. (illustrated catalogue)
May 1992    - Our Hoods Are Full. Arctic Artistry, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A.
October - November 1992    - Arctic Ice: Sculptures in Marble by the Artists of Cape Dorset, Northwest Territories. Marion Scott Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia. (illustrated catalogue)
November - December 1992    - Inuit, New Acquisitions. Pucker Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
November - December 1992    - Sculpture Inuit. Canadian Guild of Crafts, Montreal, Quebec
December 1992    - Small Sculptures by Great Artists I. Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, Ontario
April - July 1993    - Multiple Realities: Inuit Images of Shamanic Transformation. Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba. (illustrated brochure)
November 1993 - March 1994    - The Inuit Imagination. Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
July 1994    - Arctic Spirit35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art . Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
October 1994    - Sculpture of the Inuit: Major Works by the Masters of Stone, Maslak McLeod Canadian Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.
March - July 1995    - Immaginario Inuit Arte e cultura degli esquimesi canadesie, Galleria d'Arte Moderna Contemporanea, Verona, Italy. (illustrated catalogue)
September - October 1995    - Sedna: The Spirit of the Sea, Feheley Fine Arts, Toronto, Ontario. (illustrated catalogue)
April 1973    - Sculpture by Kaka of Cape Dorset Gallery of the Arctic, Victoria, British Columbia
November 1973    - Kaka Zwickers Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
April - May 1981    - Kaka Ashoona: Sculpture, Theo Waddington, New York, New York, U.S.A. (illustrated brochure)
December 1981    - Kaka Ashoona: Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
February - March 1990    - Kaka Ashoona Sculpture, nuit Gallery of Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia


Amway Environmental Foundation Collection, Ada, Michigan, U.S.A.
 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
 Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
 Art Gallery of York University, Downsview, Ontario
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario 
Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, Quebec 
 Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, Michigan, U.S.A. 
 Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
Fitzgerald Collection, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta 
 GE Canada Inuit Art Collection, Mississauga, Ontario
 Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
 Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories
 Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario
 Kroller Muller Museum, Holland
 McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario
 Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
 Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
 National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
 New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, New Brunswick
 Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
 Red Deer and District Museum and Archives, Red Deer, Alberta
Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario 
 Toronto-Dominion Bank Collection, Toronto, Ontario
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta 
 Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta
 Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
York University, Toronto, Ontario 
1973 Received a short term grant from the Canada Council to accumulate pieces for
a one-man-show.
 1988 Attended the gala opening of the new National Galley of Canada in Ottawa.
 1989 June: Attended the opening of the `Masters of the Arctic' exhibition
in New York.
 1990 Travelled to Vancouver for his solo exhibition, visited Victoria and was
featured on CTV National News.
 SCOTS SEE ESKIMO CARVINGS. Winnipeg Free Press, January 3, 1979. Blodgett, Jean
SCULPTURE. Kingston, Ont. : Queens University, The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1986. 
Canadian Arctic Producers, KAKA ASHOONA. Ottawa: Canadian Arctic Producers Cooperative, Limited, 1983. 
Canadian Eskimo Arts Counci, SCULPTURE/INUIT: Sculpture of the Inuit: masterworks of the Canadian Arctic = La sculpture chez les Inuit: chefs-d'oeuvre de, l'Arctique canadien. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
London: Aidan Ellis Publishing, 1971.
Gillmor, Alison, THE ASHOONA FAMILY OF CAPE DORSET. Inuit Art Quarterly, 10(2), Summer 1995, pp. 38-39. Hinds, Barbara  
Inuit Art Collection, CAPE DORSET: Sculptors and their Sculpture. Manchester, Conn.: The Inuit Art Collection, 1981. 
Inuit Galerie KAKA ASHOONA. Mannheim, F.D.C.:Inuit Galerie, 1982. 
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, AN ENDURING TRADITION: Inuit Carving from Arctic Quebec. Vancouver: The Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, 1983. 
 Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, MASTERWORKS; SCULPTURE. Vancouver, B.C. : Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, 1986.
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, SCULPTURE OF THE INUIT: Masterwork Exhibitors of the Canadian, Arctic. Vancouver: Inuit Gallery, 1979. 
 Jackson, Marion E.
THE ASHOONAS OF CAPE DORSET: In Touch with Tradition.
North/Nord, vol. 29, no. 3, Fall, 1982. pp.14-18.
 Macduff, Alistair, LORDS OF THE STONE: An Anthology of Eskimo Sculpture. / By Alistair Macduff. Photographs by George M. Galpin. North
Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 1982.
 Malone, Judy, CONTRASTS VIVIDLY SHOWN BY TWO ESKIMO ARTISTS. London Evening, Free Press, February 28, 1977.
Regina: The Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, 1981.
 Routledge, Marie, ASHOONA: IN The Canadian Encyclopedia, James H. Marsh,
editor-in-chief. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 3:1514, 1985.
 Swinton, George
and Stewart, 1965.
 Swinton, George, SCULPTURE OF THE ESKIMO. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1972.

 Winnipeg Art Gallery, THE IAN LINDSAY COLLECTION. The WAG Magazine, February/March, 1986. p.17

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