Taalrumiq | Christina King | Tuktuuyaqtuuq, Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Northwest Territories
Inuvialuk Artist, Designer, Educator and Content Creator Taalrumiq | Christina King shares Inuvialuit culture with the world through art, fashion design, social media content creation and education.
Born to an Inuvialuk Mother and Gwich’in father at a segregated Indian Hospital, she originates from Tuktuuyaqtuuq, Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Northwest Territories where she was raised with her Inuvialuit family and community. Gifted an ancestral family name at birth by local Elders, she was named after her great-grandmother Taalrumiq (Mary Gruben). She currently lives by the Arctic Ocean with her husband, their 5 wonderful children and Bernedoodle Munaqsi.
With BSc and BEd degrees from the University of Alberta and a Journeyman Red Seal in Hairstyling, Taalrumiq combines her modern education, natural talent and ancestral skills from her matrilineal line of Inuit Seamstresses to create contemporary Inuit adornment, garments and original fine art pieces.
Her Art is currently in various national exhibits across Canada and her work was published in the Inuit Art Quarterly and Tusaayaksat Magazines. Notable achievements include Governor General’s medal for academic excellence, multiple academic awards and scholarships, listed as 1 of 10 Sealskin Designers to watch in Canada by Inuit Art Quarterly in 2021, graduate of the inaugural Tiktok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators Program with the National Screen Institute of Canada.
Noticing a lack of representation on Tiktok, she began creating Inuvialuit specific content, thinking of her children and Inuvialuit Youth. She shares original skits, trends with an Inuvialuit spin, messages of empowerment and pride in Indigenous identity, awareness of Residential Schools and healing of intergenerational trauma.
Taalrumiq | Christina King