Shaman 821004001

Artist: Billy Markosak (Merkosak)
Region: Pond Inlet
Material: Whale bone and caribou antler

Height: 27.5″
Width: 21″
Depth: 4.5″

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.

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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