Dancing Bear with Cub 18666

Artist: Markoosie Papigatuk
Region: Cape Dorset
Material: Serpentine

Height: 6.5″

Length: 5″

Depth: 4.5″

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. 

Childbirth and childcare were two of the most important responsibilities for an Inuit woman. Inuit parents showed a very high level of warmth and affection to their children.

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