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Notes from DaVic Gallery: Five colors used for this print that is one of the last seven prints released created by Kenojuak Ashevak. This print is already signed posthumously by Kenojuak’s daughter Silaqqi Ashevak. Shaman transforming into owl is surrounded and protected by other animal spirits of the land and of the air. As a metaphor for a spiritual journey or mystic enlightenment, flight, or the suggestion of flight, appears in Inuit art with great frequency. The presence of spirits of the air or ‘winged spirits’ is significant in Inuit shamanism. In the traditional nomadic, hunting lifestyle, the shaman is the principal healer and visionary. A key to survival, the shaman is the intermediary between the Inuit people and the greater forces. The spirit helper or spirit animal and shaman have the ability to transform, and often appear to fly or to have wings. Capable of flight, supernatural beings enjoy limitless freedom in the Inuit spirit realm.