drum dancing bear 65530

Artist: Etidloie Adla
Region: Cape Dorset
Material: Serpentine
Dimensions:

Height: 12.75″

Width: 6.5″

Depth: 5.5″

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.

A transformation can be described as the spiritual metamorphosis of human into animal, or between various animals. Humans could also transform into animals and animals could transform into human beings. The polar bear is the most important animal in Inuit belief. He reigns as king over the ice-floe and is often reincarnated into.

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