Uriash Puqiqnak

B. 1946

Gjoa Haven, Nunavut

Uriash Puqiqnak is a world-renown carver. His pieces have helped define the iconic Gjoa Haven style which is known for its playful characters carved out of dark soapstone.

Uriash is also a former territorial and municipal level politician, having served as Mayor of Gjoa Haven as well as on the Nunavut Legislature from 1999 until 2004. During his time in office, he worked to develop better programs to promote handmade Inuit art and discourage counterfeit carvings from entering the marketplace.