Biography

Alootook Ipellie was born in a hunting camp on Baffin Island, in what is today Nunavut Territory in Canada's Arctic, on August 11, 1951 to Napachie (Napachee) and Joanassie (Joanasie). His early formal education in Iqaluit was followed by high school in Yellowknife and later Ottawa. Ipellie worked in radio at CBC North in 1973, but eventually settled in Ottawa where he worked as an English-Inuktitut translator, as a reporter-journalist, and drew cartoons for Inuit

Monthly (later renamed Inuit Today) magazine. He served as its editor from 1979 to 1982. In the 1970s, he produced his satirical ink cartoon strips "Ice Box" and "Nuna and Vut."

Michael P. J. Kennedy

See also Art and Artists (Indigenous); Literature, North American; Mythology of the Inuit; Sedna: The Sea Goddess

Further Reading

Gedalof, Robin, "Alootook Ipellie finds his voice in his work." Arts and Culture of the North, 4 (1980): 283-285

-(editor), Paper Stays Put, Edmonton: Hurtig, 1980

Ipellie, Alootook, "Telling Tales: A Nomad Learns to Write and Draw." In Echoing Silence: Essays on Arctic Narrative, edited by John Moss, Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 1996 Kennedy, Michael P.J., "Southern exposure: belated recognition of a significant Inuk writer-artist." Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 15(2) (1995): 347-361

-, "Alootook Ipellie: the voice of an Inuk artist." In

Studies in Canadian Literature, 21(2) (1996): 155-164 "Moses, Daniel David & Terry Goldie (editors), An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English (2nd edition), New York: Oxford University Press, 1998 Petrone, Penny (editor), Northern Voices: Inuit Writing in English, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988

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