Ottokie was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut in 1983. He carved under his uncle Ejetsiaq Peter for a few years before enrolling in the Nunavut Arctic College’s Trades Apprenticing Program. Ottokie’s create work improved significantly when he moved to Cape Dorset, the art center of the Arctic. He felt that the competition and quality of the artists there inspires him to do better. He likes to carve animals in serpentine and marble, giving them a look that is uniquely his own.