Dancing Bear 61503

Artist: Isaaci (Isacie) Petaulassie
Region: Cape Dorset
Material: Serpentine

Height: 12.5″
Width: 7.5″
Depth: 8″

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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