Making Sealskin Kamiks by Kananginak Pootoogook

Kananginak Pootoogook was one of the first printmakers in Cape Dorset, and remained very active with the studio from its inception in 1959 until his death.


52 x 65 cm
Art Fund grant:
£418 ( Total: £418)
Acquired in:
Galerie d'art Vincent

This work is dedicated to the documentation of customary craft, to the making of kamiks, sealskin boots essential to survival in the Arctic environment. It is almost diagrammatic, imaging their components, the techniques and tools involved, and the boot at various stages of its manufacture. The work is at once a simple and eloquent expression of a form vital to traditional lifeways. This acquisition was presented by the Art Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


Galerie d'Art Vincent

Venue details

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Downing Street, Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 3DZ 01223 333516

Entry details

Free entry to all

Tue – Sat, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sun, 12noon – 4.30pm

Closed for approximately one week at Christmas and the New Year (please check website for dates) and on on Good Friday and Easter Sunday