Abraham Etungat, R.C.A. (1911-1999)
Abraham Etungat is an accomplished Inuit artist from Amadjuak, NU, who spent the first half of his life living a traditional Inuit nomadic lifestyle. In the 1950's, he moved to Kinngait (Cape Dorset) where he began to pursue carving. Etungat is best known for his bird figures with their wings often upstretched in a distinctive style, such as Bird of Spring, which has been replicated in bronze and is on permanent display at the Vancouver Art Gallery, BC. His work has been exhibited both within Canada and internationally from The Winnipeg Art Gallery to the Heard Museum in Arizona with his work now showcased in countless permanent collections. In 1978 he was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. His mastery is evident by his transition from a traditional lifestyle, living off the land, to being a part of the first generation of carvers and producing an impressive body of work.