International Women’s Day 2022, March 8thblog
“I have always been interested in the Inuit traditional stories. When I was a student in high school, storyteller Mialia Jaw would come to our school. I was so impressed by her stories. That was the first time I heard a lot of these stories and legends. I never wrote them down, but when I started to draw they came back to me and helped me draw.” – Ningiukulu Teevee
While we celebrate all Indigenous women artist’s across Canada, including the Arctic region, we are remembering that every story counts and that sharing those stories empowers us.
Let’s hear one another and, by listening closely, be inspired to become better and do greater things.
Since emerging in the early 2000’s, Ningiukulu Teevee has progressively become one of the most appealing and sought-after artists of her generation. There is such nuance and simplicity in her drawings that has captured our imagination. Her wide-eyed Owls and embellished Walruses are just some of the playful interpretations of nature’s majestic creatures. With a whimsical approach, she takes the traditional and makes it feel fresh.
In addition to her prolific work in graphics, Ningiukulu’s first children’s book “Alego” published in 2009 was listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award for illustration.
She has garnered an international reputation and following, and continues to surprise and delight us with her illustrations every year.
For more details on Ningiukulu Teevee and her work, click here.