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Mary Pitseolak
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(Inuit) Born 1931. Also known as Peeteekotee. Draughter, printer, sculptor. Daughter of Peter Pitseolak (1902-1973), writer and historian. Her sisters were also graphic artists in the 1960s. Pitseolak has had 12 exhibitions between 1961 and 1993, in the United States, Canada, and France. Her work is in the collections of the Agnes Etherington Art Center (Queens University, Ontario), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (British Columbia), the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Quebec), the Laurentian University Museum and Art Center (Ontario), the McMaster University Art Collection (Ontario), the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Ontario), the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia (BC), and the Winnipeg Art Gallery (Manitoba). In 1981 Pitseolak received a cultural grant to participate in an exhibition at the McCord Museum in Montreal. References: Baird, Irene "Land of the Lively Art" The Beaver (Autumn 1961): 12-21. Blodgett and Gustavson, Strange Scenes: Early Cape Dorset Drawings. Joan Halifax, Shaman: The Wounded Healer (Thames and Hudson, 1982) James A. Houston "Eskimo Art" Geographical Magazine 34.11 (March 1962): 638-50. Yaness Gallery exh cat, 1983.