Abraham Anghik Ruben

Shaman Beckoning Spirits

2004
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Shamans are intermediaries between animal spirits and people. The complex interconnected animal forms in this sculpture contrast with its austere frontal view, evoking the richness of the spirit world. Anghik Ruben’s interpretation conveys how Christianity changed the status of the shaman from a powerful leader to a beggar. The shaman is seen here begging Inuvialuit Inuit not to discard their traditional ways and knowledge.
Title
Shaman Beckoning Spirits
Date
2004
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
Brazilian soapstone
Dimensions
51.9 x 31.7 x 44.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2004
Accession number
41484