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Birds - Messengers of Springtime

Tingmiaq, Birds, Messengers of Springtime, Luminous Raven, Kenojuak Ashevak, Cape Dorset

The Arctic has over 100 species of birds, nearly all of which are migratory species, with only the raven, the snowy owl and the ptarmigan spending the winter in permanent residence. Inuit storytellers recount many ancient legends featuring these resident birds, but the trickster raven – whose complex personality often gets him into trouble – is adored by young and old.

In May / June when birds are migrating towards the Arctic Inuit know that springtime has arrived. Besides the broader variety of nourishment it also means that winter and its darkness disappears. Less spirits are causing troubles and less work has a shaman to do. Therefore there are only a few Bird-Shamans left …

May 3 - 31, 2014




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