Janet Kigusiuq

Inside a Snowhouse (The Artist's Family)

1989
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Family is the foundation of Inuit society, and several generations live together. In this typical winter-camp scene of her youth, the artist has drawn and identified her family members. From left to right, beginning with the woman with facial tattoos cleaning an animal skin, they are: Nataq (grandmother), Josiah Nuilaalik (youngest brother) and Olive Mamak (cousin), Victoria Mamngusualuk (younger sister), Mariam Nanurluk Qiyuk (younger sister), Jessie Oonark (her mother) with infant Peggy Qablunaaq (youngest sister) in amauti hood, and Mary Yuusipik (younger sister) sleeping beside. Kabloona (her father) is outdoors unharnessing the dog team. The two men conversing are Innakatsik (brother) and Quinangnaq (uncle). Kigusiuq has drawn herself from the back, showing her lovely long braids.
Title
Inside a Snowhouse (The Artist's Family)
Date
1989
Medium
Drawing
Materials
coloured wax crayon and graphite on wove paper
Dimensions
56.5 x 76.3 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2007
Accession number
42145