Small Shaman Bear Drummer
By Inuit artist Louie Makittuq
Stone, with antler drum and mallet.
Measures 5.25" high by 3.5" wide and 2.25" deep.
There are several ways that Inuit artists represent a “shaman bear,” which is a shaman that has transformed into a bear. Shaman bears are sometimes depicted as having short, thick necks (in contrast to the polar bear’s long neck), which represent the last remaining sign of human identity. Artists also depict shaman bears by carving them in anoraks or other clothing; or by carving them holding drums, which are associated with shamans.