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U990.14.190
Artist / Maker : Ruben, Abraham Apakark Anghik
Title : Manifest of Inuit Soul
Date (Execution) : c.1985
Geographical Origin : Northwest Territories, Canada
Cultural Group : Inuit
Style / Period :
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : Paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Green, black, red, and yellow print. Two red faces in bottom left and right corners. Black bird design in center with red and yellow face. Circle of black seals at bottom centre.
Accession # : U990.14.190
Width (cm) : 66.00
Height (cm) : 51.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grant, Purchased from the Collection of Vincent Rickard
Artist Statement : In this unusual print, Abraham shows the function of Angatkro (shaman), a man with a strong influence on the lives of the Inuit. Healer and helper, the shaman was also mediator between man and animal spirit forces. He could make a celestial ascent to gain positive power, and go into the bowels of the earth for negative forces that maintained the equilibrium of life. Abraham's dual ancestry (Canadian and Alaskan grandparents) is seen in two different mask styles. The upper corner masks of his grandfather's culture show the good and spirit masks- on the right is the good, or positive force, on the left the bad, or negative force. In the centre, from his grandmother's culture, is the shaman's sun and moon mask, (the sun fitting closely inside the moon), with guardian dogs in the upper corners. Outspread arms embrace the people, represented on the right by woman with facial tattoos and on the left by a man wearing two labrets (Lip plugs). Abraham brings to this print his deep interest in shamanism, setting it into a bright mosaic of symbolism.