FOR INUIT CULTURE,
SHE WAS AN ICONIC
LIGHT OF HAPPINESS
AND A DANCING
OWL.
By: Sandra Martin
THE ENCHANTED OWL
• Kenojuak Ashevak drew her famous sketch “The
Enchanted Owl” in 1960.
• Sold more than $50,000 in 2007....
THE DOCUMENTARY
• Focuses on her living condition and talent.
• For instance, it states “Later, she makes a drawing in the...
BIOGRAPHY
• She was born on October 3rd, 1927, in an igloo in
Ikirasaq.
• Unfortunately, her father, Ushuakjuk, was murder...
CONTINUE…….
• At the age of 19, her mother and stepfather arranged a
union for her with hunter Johnniebo Ashevak. After tw...
CONTINUE…………..
• In 1951, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. She went
to Quebec City hospital for treatment.
• In the pr...
CONTINUE……
• She spent her last few years living in her own home in
Cape Dorset.
• By this time, she is three times widowe...
FEW HONORABLE
ACHIEVEMENTS
• She was among the original inductees into the Order of
Canada in 1967.
• She was awarded a Go...
INTERESTING FACT
• She never went to school, she never studied art, she
never learned English.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS?
• 1.) Why do you think the Canadian government would
identify First Nations by numbers, instead of n...
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  1. 1. FOR INUIT CULTURE, SHE WAS AN ICONIC LIGHT OF HAPPINESS AND A DANCING OWL. By: Sandra Martin
  2. 2. THE ENCHANTED OWL • Kenojuak Ashevak drew her famous sketch “The Enchanted Owl” in 1960. • Sold more than $50,000 in 2007. • Significant reason why John Feeney made a documentary on her life.
  3. 3. THE DOCUMENTARY • Focuses on her living condition and talent. • For instance, it states “Later, she makes a drawing in the flickering light of an oil lamp, drawing with an uncanny concentration, confidence and fluidity, almost as though she has projected her imagination like a shadow onto the paper and is merely tracing the image with her pencil. There is no hesitation, no second-guessing, no erasing.” • By the end of the documentary, The Return of the Sun was another famous painting of Ashevak. • From the documentary and the painting, she made enough money that her husband was capable of affording a canoe.
  4. 4. BIOGRAPHY • She was born on October 3rd, 1927, in an igloo in Ikirasaq. • Unfortunately, her father, Ushuakjuk, was murdered by other members of the camp. Reason for his death is known. • Ashevak begin to live with her grandmother who taught her traditional crafts such as sewing sealskin clothes with caribou sinew. • For family purposes and to trade for goods with the Hudson's Bay Company.
  5. 5. CONTINUE……. • At the age of 19, her mother and stepfather arranged a union for her with hunter Johnniebo Ashevak. After two year they got married. • This was the same year, 1948, when federal government began issuing family allowance benefits to Inuit and keeping track of them by number, instead of name. • Ashevak's number was E7-1035.
  6. 6. CONTINUE………….. • In 1951, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. She went to Quebec City hospital for treatment. • In the process, her children died while waiting for her return. • In 1955, became a part of Alma Houston's crafts studio and began making sealskin appliques on handbags. • Rabbit Eating Seaweed, a design that Houston found it amazing. Therefore, he encouraged Ashevak to carve. • It was the only work by a women included in the 1959 print release.
  7. 7. CONTINUE…… • She spent her last few years living in her own home in Cape Dorset. • By this time, she is three times widowed and had numerous biological and adopted children • Including the artist Arnaqu Ashevak, who died in 2009, her son Adamie, her daughter, travelling companion and translator Silaqqie, and a multigenerational extended family. • She died in her sleep in her hometown as she wanted.
  8. 8. FEW HONORABLE ACHIEVEMENTS • She was among the original inductees into the Order of Canada in 1967. • She was awarded a Governor-General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2008. • She also created an owl design for a stained glass window in a chapel at Appleby College in Ontario in 2004.
  9. 9. INTERESTING FACT • She never went to school, she never studied art, she never learned English.
  10. 10. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS? • 1.) Why do you think the Canadian government would identify First Nations by numbers, instead of names? • 2.) As we know, Kenojuak never went to school, never learned art, and never spoke English. Therefore, what do you think is the significant factor behind her talent for drawing and success?

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