The Cape Dorset sculptor Qaqaq Ashoona was among the most respected Inuit artists of the late twentieth century. He was born in an outpost camp at Ikirasaq, on South Baffin Island, and moved to the growing community of Cape Dorset in the 1950s. He began carving in 1953 for “Soamik” (James Houston), and his talent for composition, humour and expressive movement was quickly recognized. Ashoona’s work was collected by major galleries in Canada and the United States. This work, Mother and Child, is an example of the artist’s work late in life, which often focused on family and Inuit culture, in a more bulbous style.