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Vic­to­ria Mam­n­guq­su­aluk Tukiki Man­u­mie Jack Nu­viyak Miriam Qiyuk Thomas Web­ster

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Tukiki Man­u­mie was born in Hamil­ton, ON, where his mother, graphic artist Pau­nichea (1920–1968), was be­ing treated for tu­ber­cu­lo­sis. Fol­low­ing her re­cov­ery, Man­u­mie and his mother re­turned to their home of Kin­ngait (Cape Dorset), NU, then in a time of rad­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion from an iso­lated set­tle­ment to a thriv­ing mod­ern com­mu­nity. Man­u­mie came from a fam­ily of many artists, in­clud­ing his mother, his fa­ther Davidee Man­n­umi (1919–1979), his grand­fa­ther Ki­ak­shuk (1886–1966) and his broth­ers Aq­jan­ga­juk Shaa and Qavavau Man­u­mie. Though he ex­per­i­mented with graph­ics and made in­ter­est­ing, highly pat­terned draw­ings, Man­u­mie is best known for his ser­pen­ti­nite carv­ings, a prac­tice he be­gan in the 1970s. Man­u­mie’s dis­tinct, sin­u­ous carv­ings of birds, fish and scenes of trans­for­ma­tions are more sug­ges­tive than fig­u­ra­tive. His pen­chant for elon­gated forms and curved edges sets him apart from his con­tem­po­raries and makes his work, which some­times bor­ders on the ab­stract, in­stantly rec­og­niz­able. Man­u­mie’s work has been ex­hib­ited in­ter­na­tion­ally and can be found in ma­jor col­lec­tions in Canada and abroad. We were sad to learn that Man­u­mie passed away in Jan­uary 2017. Man­u­mie will be deeply missed by his fam­ily, home­town and the en­tire Inuit art com­mu­nity.

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