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Shaman with his Helping Animals, 1977

Osuitok Ipeelee
Canadian (Inuit), 1922 - 2005
green stone
23.7 x 48.5 x 15 cm
Gift of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1989
National Gallery of Canada (no. 36284)

It was well known that the animals the shamans controlled have the ability to turn into humans ... When a shaman was using his magic he had a real change of personality. When the animals entered into him he'd be chanting loudly; if a shaman was turning into a certain animal, he'd make that animal sound. Once he was filled inside, he'd begin to change, hIs face and his skin followed too. - Osuitok Ipeelee, Cape Dorset, 1987

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