#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.

US$295


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