Arts and Culture

Honouring Annie Pootoogook

Members of the Tununiq-miut Theatre perform a traditional Inuit song and dance at the official opening of Annie Pootoogook Park in Ottawa on Nov. 7. The ceremony honouring the late artist coincided with International Inuit Day. From left: Sarahme Akoomalik, Sheena Akoomalik and Rosalyn Katsak (on back). (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)


Puvirnituq throat singer wins Nord-du-Quebec Artist of the Year award

Inuit throat singer Akinisie Sivuarapik (right), of Puvirnituq, Nunavik, received the Nord-du-Quebec Artist of the Year award at a ceremony on Oct. 2 at the Musée d’Art de Joliette. The award, which includes a prize of $10,000, recognizes the distinguished recent works of artists and writers and is presented by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in cooperation with the Avataq Cultural Institute. “Akinisie Sivuarapik is a beloved, relevant and important artist. Her contribution is essential to the preservation, transmission and revitalization of katajjaniq (throat singing), an Inuit cultural treasure,” the selection jury said in a statement. The award was presented by CALQ’s Céline Lavallée (left). (Photo courtesy of Romain Guilbault / Musée d’art de Joliette)