Namonai's Vision of the Future, 1995–1996
black felt-tip pen, coloured pencil on paper
66 x 50.2 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative
Cape Dorset artist Napachie Pootoogook created over 5,000 drawings in 40 years, from the late 1950s until her death in 2002. For the last five years of her life she worked on an autobiographical series of 300 drawings, which document her early life growing up in camps on South Baffin Island and her later years as a wife and mother. The subject matter of the drawings is described through Inuktitut descriptions written on each work. The drawings are rich in detail about Inuit culture, local history, folklore, shamanic beliefs, and customs, and give a unique, unromanticized personal perspective. A group of 69 of these drawings was featured in a solo exhibition and tour organized by the WAG in 2004.