Lakkuluk W. Bathory

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory or Laakkuluk, is a Kalaaleq (Greenlandic Inuk) performance artist, spoken word poet, actor, storyteller and writer based in IqaluitNunavut and is the winner of last year’s edition of the Indigenous Artist Awards. 

She is known for performing uaajeerneq, a Greenlandic mask dance that involves storytelling and centers three elements: fear, humour and sexuality. Bathory describes uaajeerneq as both a political and cultural act and an idiosyncratic art form. Her mother, Karla Williamson, was one of the original recreators of uaajeerneq in the 1970s Greenlandic folk movement after the dance form was nearly eradicated by colonial missionaries in Greenland in the 18th–20th centuries.

Bathory is a founding member of the Qaggiavuut! Society for a Nunavut Performing Arts Centre in Iqaluit. In January 2016 Qaggiavuut! Society has won the Arctic Inspiration Prize – the first time an arts-based organization has ever won the prize.