Spirit of the Land, Spirit of the Water
Condition: Six small tack punctures around the edges.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Last print available.
The Inuit believed in animism: all living and non-living things had a spirit. That included people, animals, inanimate objects, and forces of nature.
Bad weather, illnesses, and a bad hunt were all blamed on displeased spirits. There were certain guidelines that the Inuit were supposed to follow to make the spirits happy. They had rituals for hunting and eating food to deal with the spirits that lived in the animals. The Inuit people did not eat sea mammal and land mammal meat at the same meal.
A knife used for killing whales had to be wrapped in sealskin, not caribou skin.
We see the Spirit of the Land and The Spirit of the Water greeting eachother and the shamans transforming into each of these spirits. One with fish legs and one with caribou hooves. The spirits are pleased and happy, there will be abundance in hunt of caribou and seal.