We no longer support this browser version.
For a better experience, keep your browser up to date. Check here for latest versions.
Area of Expertise: Artist
"In everything I do, I try to include the culture and to live it and to feel it and to breathe your culture. It’s so important because traditions can disappear so quickly."
Hovak Johnston is an Inuk woman who was raised on the land in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut until she was sent away to school. Using her Inuinnaqtun name given to her at birth is her way of carrying on a past relative’s name and the characteristics of that ancestor. Hovak has a deep connection to her culture and traditional arts and skills. Now living in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Hovak does some type of traditional artwork every day, from sewing, soapstone carving, jewellery making, tanning hides, and fleshing and preparing skins to her latest type of art, tattooing.