Ashevak Adla

Heritage — Inuit

Ashevak Adla was born on February 22, 1977 at the nursing station in Cape Dorset on Baffin Island, part of the Northwest Territories. He is the eldest child of Kumajuk and David Adla, and the grandson of Cape Dorset carver Audia Pee.

It was his grandfather, Audia, who taught him to carve. Ashevak would watch Audia carving birds and soon he could not help but try his grandfather’s tools. His first pieces were simple carvings, like the head of birds or seals, but it wasn’t long before he ventured into depicting more intricate subject matter.

Ashevak is one of the most promising Cape Dorset carvers of the young generation. He excels in representing walking and dancing bears, birds with wide open wings, and playful carefree seals and walrus. He carves in serpentine, a very hard stone indigenous to Baffin Island, with a composition similar to jade.