Arctic Beauty: An Inuk artist at work
From the time she was a little girl, Elisapee Ishulutaq knew what do with a sealskin: scrape it clean, measure it up and then — with a bone or metal needle — sew it into kamiks, comfortable and warm waterproof boots.
Her family led a nomadic life on Baffin Island.
Her images are both simple and striking, dream-like. Some are no bigger than a sheet of foolscap. Others cover entire walls.
Now, at 89, she is the only one of that generation still alive ... and in the spring, she was awarded the Order of Canada.
In the spring, she was in Montreal to work with master printer Paul Machnik in his studio. David Gutnick went to meet her. Elisapee Ishulutaq speaks Inuktitut, so her grandson Andrew was her interpreter. This documentary first aired on The Sunday Edition in June, 2014.