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Artist of the momet…….Markoosie Papigatok

Markoosie Papigatok is a contemporary Inuit artist born in 1976 in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada. The artist is a carver who specializes in works dealing with bears and birds. Like many of the Inuit artists, he is self taught.

The artist comes from a long line of Cape Dorset area sculptors. His grandmother is sculptor Tayaraq Tunnillie and below a great example of her style.


His grandfather was among the most famous of the Inuit artists on an international basis. Qavaroak Tunnillie also made many of the same dancing animals that his grandson now produces. Its great to see the common traits of multiple generations of families, especially when they work with the same subject matter. This work is a dancing bear shaman done by Qavaroak Tunnillie, grandfather of Markoosie Papigatok.


Markoosie Papigatok, like his grandfather enjoys making his animals dance. Both artist and grandfather renowned for their “dancing bears.”

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $3,000.