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Agnes Nanogak

Date of Birth: November 12, 1925 (Baillie Islands, Northwest Territories) d. May 5, 2001 (Holman, Northwest Territories)
Agnes Nanogak settled in Holman, NWT with her family when she was 14 years old. Her mother was a Mackenzie Delta Inuit and her father from Alaska, who travelled to the Canadian Arctic with Icelandic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879-1962). Agnes married William Goose in Holman in 1947.
Encouraged by her father, Agnes began to draw at an early age. She was one of the first to provide drawings for the printmaking program organized in Holman in the 1960s and continued to contribute for decades. Agnes illustrated two books of Inuit legends, "Tales from the Igloo" in 1972 and "More Tales from the Igloo" (1986), which she also narrated. In 1985 she received an honorary degree from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her son Billy Goose as well as her grandson, Rex Goose, are both talented graphic artists. The Winnipeg Art Gallery hosted a solo exhibition of the Agnes' work in 2002, the year after she passed away.
Works Cited: The National Gallery of Canada, online, 2013.

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