Napachie Ashoona was born on October 10, 1974,
in Cape Dorset, Baffin Island. He is a member of one
most prominent families of Inuit artists in Canada. His grandmother,
Pitseolak Ashoona, was a famous printmaker, and so is his
talented mother Sorosiluto.
His father Kiawak and uncle Kaka
are the two foremost Inuit artists. Other well-known
artists in the family include their brothers Koomwartok (now
deceased) and Namonai, and their sister
Napatchie, all three
sculptors. Kaka's son, Ohito Ashoona, has already become very
famous for his carvings of Polar bears, and his son Ottokie
followed the same artistic path.
presently lives and carves in the community
of Cape Dorset.
Napachie mostly enjoys carving the human body in action and
carves mostly drum dancers and hunters.
November-December 1992: Inuit Sculpture -- New Acquisitions
Pucker Gallery , Boston, Massachusetts
April-May 1994: Mythic Image -- Ancestral Spirits
Gallery, Port Townsend, Washington
September 1995: Sedna: Spirit of the Sea -- Feheley
Fine Arts, Toronto, Ontario
November-December 1995: Miniaturen -- Inuit Galerie,