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LETTERS: Around the Arctic December 13, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Renowned carver Tommy Takpanie Sr. of Iqaluit will be missed

“His sculpture, like so many of his contemporaries, sold world-wide”


The passing of Tommy Takpanie Sr., 77, marks a milestone in the life of this community.

It was my pleasure to know this remarkable figure, who was a great-grandfather and uncle to many of the original people of Iqaluit.

I knew Takpani for 55 years. He was a member of the orginal group born and raised on or near Frobisher Bay, whereas so many of the current population are migrants from other communities on Baffin Island and elsewhere,

Takpanie, like his father Noah before him was a very talented artist who worked hard to provide for his family. His sculpture, like so many of his contemporaries, sold world-wide and is part of many important collections.

He was very knowledgeable about the land and Frobisher Bay and was very talented and capable hunter in his early years. He also possessed a wonderful sense of humour.

Bryan Pearson

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