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Charlie Sivuarapik

Charlie Sivuarapik (Sheeguapik), sculptor (b near Povungnituk, Qué about 1911; d 26 Sept 1968 of tuberculosis).

Prohibited by ill health from participating in the hunting economy, he was rescued from abject poverty by his carving skill, but he benefited only briefly from the escalation in Inuit art prices during the 1960s. A perfectionist, he studied his own anatomy and produced powerful, elegantly realistic hunters with their prey. He was the first Inuk member of the Sculptors Society of Canada, and was a founding member and first president (1958-67) of the Povungnituk Co-operative Society.

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