#W307 /Alaska / Great Whale River Eskimo.

Carving, green matte soapstone,
Shamanic figure.

4.5" x 5"
The Inuit believe in animism:
all things have a spirit, including people, animals, inanimate objects, and forces
of nature. When a spirit dies, it continues to live in a different world - the world of the spirit.

The only people with power to control the spirits were the powerful religious leaders: Shamans or 'Angakoks'.

Shamans use charms and dances to communicate with the spirit world.

by Nellie Nuktie, Umiujaq, Born in 1936.

Her work has been exhibited widely, including at

"Women Sculptors of Great Whale River", The Canadian Guild of Crafts, Quebec

"Things Made by Inuit", La Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec

"The Oral Tradition", National Museum of Man, Quebec

"The Inuit Imagination", Winnipeg Art Gallery

"Immaginario Inuit Arte e Cultura Degli Esquimesi Canadesi", Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino, Italy.

Nellie Nuktie's sculptures are included
in many private and public collections
of Inuit art.


To return to the Arctic art gallery

Fort Myers , FL. 33908