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THE EVA STRICKLER COLLECTION

The Eva Strickler Collection consists primary of Inuit dolls and sewn materials, and was donated to the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society in 2013.  Eva lived in Taloyoak during the 1970s, and was a central figure in establishing adult education programs and maintaining the Taloyoak Crafts Association. This latter organization encouraged local women to direct market their sewing products to southern businesses, and continues to flourish today.  

 

Based on this sewing work, Eva and Anaoyok Alookee co-authored the authoritative book titled ‘Inuit Dolls: A Reminder of Heritage.’  It was Eva’s express wish that her extensive collection of sculptures, dolls, slides, clothing and other Inuit artifacts would one day be returned to their home in Nunavut.