Kananginak Pootoogook

Baptism on the M.V. "Nascopie", 1945

1991-1992
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The Inuktitut inscription reads: "I was baptized by Inuktaaqauq in 1945 on the Nascopie when I was ten years old. Ajurisuijikutaaq was also present." Inuktaaqauq (The one who baptizes infants) is the name Inuit gave to the Anglican minister, Archibald Fleming, who became Bishop of the Arctic. Ajurisuijikutaaq (The tall minister) was the name given to Reverand Quartermain. In the days of more limited transportation, Hudson's Bay Company supply ships such the Nascopie were often used by people travelling between Arctic communities. In this drawing, autobiography becomes part of Kananginak's interest in documenting Inuit life.
Title
Baptism on the M.V. "Nascopie", 1945
Date
1991-1992
Medium
Drawing
Materials
coloured pencil and black felt pen over graphite on wove paper
Dimensions
66.3 x 50.7 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1995
Accession number
37711