Item of the Week: Tupilak Figurines (via Museo)

Item of the Week: Tupilak Figurines Last week, we brought out a collection of Inuit Tupilak figurines as part of our new permanent exhibition. Made of whale tooth, walrus ivory, and other materials, these figurines are carved by the Inuit of Eastern Greenland as souvenirs and art objects, recalling a much older tradition of magic and witchcraft. A tupilaq (pl. tupileq) is a spirit being, called forth by a Greenlandic shaman, an angikut, to hunt down and kill one’s enemies. The summ … Read More

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