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Ohito Ashoona grew up in an outpost camp not far from Cape Dorset. Here he learned to carve by watching his father, the well known carver Qaqaq Ashoona, and his uncle Kiawak Ashoona, also a renowned artist. Ohito moved to Cape Dorset in 1981.
"…Ohito began carving when he was about 12, and his love for the land is evident in his work, which features a wide range of wildlife. Ohito's competence on the land qualified him for accreditation as a Level 1 Outfitting Guide, a rare acheivement for an Inuit hunter. In 2002, he received the National Aboriginal Acheivement Award for Visual Arts."
- quoted from Cape Dorset Sculpture, published by Douglas and McIntyre, 2005
Also known as Okituk, Ohikto, Oquituk, Oqituk.
Born on December 11, 1952 in resides in Cape Dorset, NU. Nationality is Inuit
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
1989 Attended the opening of his solo exhibition at the Eskimo Art Gallery in Toronto, ON
1990 Demonstrated soapstone carving at the the Annual Winter Festival, Toronto, ON
1989 Division Award at the Scottsdale Fine Arts and Crafts Show, Scottsdale, AZ
2002 National Aboriginal Achievement Award; Arts and Culture
2005 Cape Dorset Sculpture FEATURED PAGE 86