Bear Drum Dancing 64400

Artist: Taqialuq Nuna
Region: Cape Dorset
Material: Serpentine

Height: 9.5″
Width: 7.9″
Depth: 4.3″

Shamans played an important role in the Inuit religion. Acting as religious leaders, tradesmen, healers, and characters in cultural stories holding mysterious, powerful, and sometimes superhuman abilities. He can transform into different animals during sacred ceremonies, such as a bear.
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.

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