Pootoogook, Kananginak (1935 - 2010)


Inuit (Cape Dorset)


Kananginak was involved with drawing and printmaking since the late 1950's when the graphic arts program first began at Cape Dorset. Kananginak's first print, a collaborative image with his father, Pootoogook, was included in the first catalogued collection of Cape Dorset prints in 1959. Since that time, Kananginak’s work has been included in almost every annual collection, and has been interpreted in many different print media--copper engraving, stonecut, stencil, lithography and etching. Kananginak and his siblings grew up in different camp areas on south Baffin Island, including their main camp Ikirisaq (Ikarasak). He married Shooyoo from Cape Dorset in the mid-1950's and in 1958 they moved to Cape Dorset because of his father's failing health. Kananginak had been a prominent community leader. He was instrumental in the formation of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in 1959, and served for several years as president of its Board of Directors. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the Arts recently, in recognition of his long and illustrious career. (Biography information from website of Dorset Fine Arts.)