Walrus / Seal Shaman
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In this work by Saclamana, the ivory masks are arranged on a totem-like structure with a stylized walrus head and seal base. The ivory masks are reminiscent of the traditional King Island Dance masks with their heavy browns and pronounced noses and mouths. He has adorned the totem with accoutrements common in the hunt, a harpoon and knife. The combination of these hunting elements with animal and human composites reflects the connection of the spirits in the hunt for subsistence. The shamans would make peace with the animal spirits before a hunt and attain permission before setting forth.
||King Island, AK
||7 x 4 x 5-1/4 in
||Fossil bone, walrus ivory, baleen, ptarmigan feathers
||King Island Inupiaq