Mary Kuutsiaq Mariq

Born in 1926 (Baker Lake, Nunavut) – Died in 2011

Mary Mariq Kuutsiq was born near Back River and spent her youth on the land. Settling in Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), where she took up her textile art practice. She adapted her traditional sewing knowledge for the co-op to wall hangings and other textile projects, which were popular in southern markets at the time.

Kuutsiq has been featured in numerous exhibitions alongside other prominent artists in the region. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including in the Museum of Anthropology in Madrid, in the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, and is held in the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, among others.

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