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Young girls in Iqaluit



Malaya Papatsie
“The people were trying to lift the leg. They were trying to find out how long my grandmother would live. The more difficult it was to lift the leg the longer the person would live. That is what my mother used to say. She too had the qilaniq ritual performed on her, even on her head.” (Page 284)
The shaman was both an admired and feared person. He/she performed ritual ceremonies inside the iglu where meetings and games took place. The shaman took care of illnesses, instigated confessions, predicted the future, and knew how to invoke good spirits and ward off bad ones, in particular those of the dead that wander too close to the living. The shaman also knew how to influence the temperature. Through the  qilaniq ritual people could learn from the shaman their life expectancy.