Malaija Pootoogook – Born in 1971 in Iqaluit, Malaija has been surrounded by the many artists in her family. Her father Paulassie, was highly regarded as a sculptor and her brother, Mosesee, is a stone carver and another brother Itee Pootoogook is well known for his contemporary drawings. Inspired by the work of her great-grandmother, the late Pitseolak Ashoona, Malaija completed her !rst drawing in 1994 and continues to function primarily as a graphic artist. She was represented in the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection for the !rst time in 2011, with two exciting images of the Arctic owl. Whimsical in approach, with an often vibrant colour palette, her expressive depictions of birds and wildlife of the North are a continuing theme in her work.