Ningeokuluk Teevee

Ningeokuluk is steadily emerging as a versatile and intelligent graphic artist. She is becoming more prolific as her experience and confidence grow, and is comfortable with both traditional and more contemporary themes and approaches. This year, she is represented in the annual print collection for the fifth time with eight images.

The influence of the past is tangible in Ningeokuluk's work. Inspired by stories and legends told by Mialia Jaw to schoolchildren in Cape Dorset, Ningeokuluk is one of a new generation of Inuit artists who are bringing the tales back to life in graphic form. The Brothers (2008-22) is a story about three brothers who had been hunting for too long without success. Eventually they put up their tent for the night but they couldn't ignore their hunger; they had to keep looking for food. Before leaving the tent, each brother sang out a wish. The first brother wished that he would become a wolf; the second brother wished to become a fox and the third brother wished to leave the tent as a raven. With each wish granted, the raven flew off and spotted a caribou and returned to tell his brothers. They worked together to catch the caribou and their hunger was sated.

Oral tradition takes a more modern form in the recent and true story of The Owl and the Boy (2008-20). This cautionary tale illustrates a time when the children's playtime was interrupted by a great snowy owl that swooped down and picked up a small boy. Terrified, the children all ran home and the story is still told to warn of unforeseen dangers and playing too far from home.

Born May 27, 1963, Ningeokuluk is the daughter of Joanasie Salomonie (deceased) and his wife Kanajuk. Her father, Joanasie, was a community leader and much loved in Cape Dorset for his sense of humour, mischief and compassion. Ningeokuluk works full-time for the municipal government in Cape Dorset, and devotes her spare time to her family and whatever time she can to her drawing, which she does at home. Her husband, Simeonie Teevee is a musician and plays with his band at community events in Cape Dorset and at music festivals around Nunavut.
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Hardcover
  • Alego is a beautifully simple story, written in Inuktitut and English, about a young Inuit girl who goes to the shore with her grandmother to collect clams for supper. Along the way she discovers tide pools brimming with life -- a bright orange starfish, a creepy-crawly thing with many legs called an ugjunnaq, a hornshaped sea snail and a sculpin.

    Written and illustrated by Ningeokuluk Teevee, one of the most interesting young artists in Cape Dorset, home to the great tradition of Inuit art, this is an enchanting and utterly authentic introduction to the life of an Inuit child and her world.

    Alego includes an illustrated glossary of sea creatures as well as a map of Baffin Island. Ages 4-7



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