Native Canadian Shows Pride In Her Tribe – Kenojuak Ashevak

Kenojuak Ashevak Vigilant OwlWinston Churchill once said, ¨A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril.¨

A nation that could not be more proud of one of their very prominent artists is Canada and the pride they show in Kenojuak Ashevak.

While looking for women artists and trying to find what inspires them and how they inspire others I came across the work of Kenojuak Ashevak. This is a woman painter who had several disadvantages. The first being a woman painter of the early 20th century but more importantly was the fact she is of the Inuit tribe in Cape Dorset.

She overcame tuberculosis and poverty and is now one of the most prominent Canadian painters of her time. She was on of the first Inuit women to begin drawing in the 50´s and has since worked in painting, prints, and sculpture.  Her work can be seen on Canadian stamps and coins today.

Her prints, and art work are immersed with a mysticism that can only come from deep religious beliefs and cultural traditions within her tribe. Her paintings are timeless, rich with energy, tradition and color.

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