Pirouetting Polar Bear
By Inuit artist Asunaa Kilabuk, from Iqaluit, the largest city and territorial capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut.
Measures approximately 6.25" high by 4.5" wide by 2.25" deep.
Some Inuit artists assert that the dancing bears represent a shamanic transformation between a bear and a human. Others claim that the dancing reflects a state of celebratory joy from being reborn as a polar bear. The Inuit believe that after death people return as animals, and those lucky enough to return as the great white bear at the top of the food chain dance to celebrate their good fortune.