Kinaroq: Wolf Mask

The Inuit at Point Hope used masks in their ceremonies called Kinaroq. These were made only after the shaman had journeyed to the land of the spirits to return with fresh impressions of their faces. He would then carve the mask. Each mask had its own life: it came with its own songs. The wolf mask had a sea horse in its mouth. The songs sung by the shaman while wearing the masks gave expression to things that came directly from that animals' heart or spirit (Inua)


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