Peter was born in December 18, 1914 in the Kazan River region. In 1935 Peter and Mariam met and although they never married, they remained together for most of their lives.

In the early 1950’s the family moved to Baker Lake. They adopted Hattie who was born by Ferguson Lake in 1955. Her biological parents, John & Martha Nukik, were living by the Kazan River at the time. This arrangement allowed Hattie to attend school in the community.

Often Peter and Mariam would be out hunting and trapping. They never owned a cabin but would set up camp while on the land. Hattie would remain with relatives if attending school at the time. Peter took Hattie out hunting when she was not yet 10 years old. Recalled Hattie, “Dad taught me how to jig for fish, hunt caribou, ptarmigan. He was a good and patient teacher.”

Once, while hunting caribou, Peter was attacked by a grizzly bear. He accidentally startled the sleeping bear and when it woke up, it immediately attacked Peter. Peter killed the animal by hitting it in the neck with four bullets from his .22 rifle. Peter quit hunting and trapping by 1975. Peter Aasivaaryuk passed away in 2007.


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Peter Aasivaaryuk
Inuit, Baker Lake
Image size: 11 x 14 inches
Edition size: 375