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Uriash Puqiqnak is considered as a leader as an artist as well as a former territorial and municipal politician in Canada. He served as mayor of Uqsuttuq (Gjoa Haven) in Nunavut and as a member of the Nunavut legislature form 1999 to 2004. He was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada in 2005. Despite leaving politics, Uriash Puqiqnak is still involved in community service. He is currently serves as a member of the Nunavut Tourism Board and is chair of Parks Canada History steering committee.

Uriash Puqiqnak started carving seriously in 1977, after he sold his first carving two years ago. His favorite topics are linked to daily life from his memories and own experiences when he was younger. He likes depicting women with child in their amauti (traditional female clothes), hunters with game, children playing, shamans performing, etc. Like other artists from this area, his artistic style is very different than the one from Baffin Island with expressive faces mixing different materials.
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Shaman by Uriash Puqiqnak Gjoa Haven Hunter by Uriash Pukiqnak urisah pukiknak
Shaman by Uriash Puqiqnak
Sale Price: $6,800.00
Artist: Uriash Puqiqnak
Size: 14 x 12 x 6 in.
Date: c.1995
 Community: Gjoa Haven
Artist: Uriash Pukiqnak
Size: 14 x 14 x 7 in
Gjoa Haven, 2007
Item number : 390i Name : Shaman Artist : Uriash Puqiqnak Dimensions : 13 x 15 x 6 in Description : Shaman Gallery Collection