Shaa was born in 1978 in Cape Dorset which is located on Baffin
Island in Canada's high arctic.
Alariaq is the son of renowned Cape Dorset carver Axangayuk
Shaa. His brother Pudlalik, as well as both uncles Tukiki
and Kavavavou Munamee and grandfather Davidee are (or were)
accomplished Inuit artists as well.
It is thus not surprising that Alariaq has followed in their
path because artistic talent runs in his family and in the
Arctic this is a skill that is most often passed on through
one's family as opposed to being learned in college or university.