Eunicey Shytoo Muckpah was born on November 15, 1956, on a beach northwest of Pond Inlet on Baffin Island. For the next ten years she lived in tents during the summer and in igloos during the winter when traveling by sled and dogs. This was the nomadic life style that Inuit’s of Baffin Island have lived for hundreds of years.
Although it was a peaceful life, winter was harsh, often without food for weeks. The land was in darkness almost all winter. This was when Eunicey learned to carve by the light of the Kudluk, watching her father Jimmy carve from soapstone. Eunicey often helped with oiling the carvings with sea oil, sanding and finishing.