Bear Drum Dancer 20511

Artist: Abraham Anghik Ruben
Region: Paulatuk
Material: Soapstone
Dimensions:

Height: 20″
Width: 15″
Depth: 17″

Drum dancing is a very popular Inuit dance form. Traditionally, the women sang seated in a circle while the men danced. The Inuit performed the drum dance at gatherings and celebrations. Singing is also an important part of Inuit culture.

The polar bear is the most important animal in Inuit belief. He reigns as king over the ice-floe. One legend states that the Inuk hopes to reincarnate into a bear in his next life. When his spirit finally becomes a bear, he is filled with such immense happiness that he starts dancing

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