Ruben Anton Komangapik is an Inuit jeweller, sculptor, carver, metalworker, performing artist, and musician. Growing up in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Nunavut, Ruben absorbed traditional Inuit culture, language, and art from his grandparents and parents. Ruben helped decorate the new Nunavut Legislative Assembly building in 1999, and his sculptures and carvings belong to permanent collections across Europe and Canada, including that of the National Gallery in Ottawa. In 2010, he received creation grants from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts to create a life-size seal hunter for the entrance of Forillon National Park. And in 2013 and 2014, he received a Canada Council grant to produce a series of sculptures based on Inuit legends, using both traditional materials and digital technology. Ruben currently lives with his family in the Gaspésie, Quebec.
Like What You’re Reading?
Fact-based journalism is our passion and your right.We’re asking readers like you to support The Walrus so we can continue to lead the Canadian conversation. This past year has seen some serious changes in Canada, from the mainstreaming of cannabis to the fallout of the SNC-Lavalin affair to our response to COVID-19.
We feature Canadian voices and expertise on stories that travel beyond our shores, and we firmly believe that this reporting can change the world around us. The Walrus covers it all with originality, depth, and thoughtfulness, bringing diverse perspectives to bear on essential conversations while setting the highest bar for fact-checking and rigour.
None of this would be possible without you.
As a nonprofit, we work hard to keep our costs low and our team lean, but this is a model that requires individual support to pay our contributors fairly and maintain the strength of our independent coverage.
Donations of $20 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt.