ATTESTING RESISTANCE

 

Alootook Ipellie (1951-2007) was born in the camp of Nuvuqquq on Baffin Island and grew up in Iqaluit before moving to Ottawa in his 20s. Beginning in 1973, he worked a translator, reporter, and illustrator for Inuit Monthly (later renamed Inuit Today) and became its editor from 1979-1982. As a freelance writer and artist, he has been published in Inuit Art Quarterly, Vreme, Scuolo Di Fumetto, North/Nord,Nunatsiaq News, Inuktitut, and Up Here as well as contributed essays to Paper Stays Put, A Collection of Inuit Writing (1978),Indigena, Contemporary Native Perspectives (1993), and The Voice of the Natives: The Canadian North and Alaska (2005). At the time of his death in 2007, he was working on a novel Akavik, the Manchurian David Bowie, reflecting his penchant for marrying old traditions with postmodern reality. Over the course of his career, through his widely read cartoons, poems, articles and essays, Ipellie gave voice to important cultural politics and social issues affecting the North from an Inuit perspective, with humour and immense patience.

The Historic James Bay Agreement, c.1975

Good Riddance, c.1980

Oil Companies Chart
, 1975