There is no word for art . . . We say it is to transfer something from the real to the unreal. I am an owl, and I am a happy owl. I like to make people happy and everything happy. I am the light of happiness and I am a dancing owl. Kenojuak Ashevak

A founding member of Cape Dorset’s famed printmaking co-op, Kenojuak Ashevak introduced Inuit art to the world (1927-2013). Historica Canada

Her most famous drawing, The Enchanted Owl (1960) was featured as a Canadian Postal stamp (1970) and on a Canadian coin (1999). She also worked with soapstone carving, textiles, and design. She was a mentor to second and third generation Modern Inuit artists.


When I started drawing my artwork, I was given a pencil and just started to draw.

Cape Dorset, Nunavut: The Epicentre of Inuit Art: The Inuit of Cape Dorset have a solid sense of family, society and tradition, and through their art have managed to place this tiny hamlet prominently on the international arts scene. (Canadian Museum of History)

Follow Kenojuak Ashevak, the first woman ever involved with the printmaking co-operative in Cape Dorset, as she transfers one of her stunning drawings to stone and prints it. Directed by John Feeney – NFB, 1963

*oatcakes & snowdrops: Canadian women’s history, one minute, one moment @ a time