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第84回

2012年4月16日(月)

Inuit shamanism, hunting and divination in contemporary Nunavut, Canada

Frederic Laugrand(Laval大学教授)

【発表要旨】 
Shamanism is an old tradition in Inuit society, but it merged with Christianity in the last century. In this paper, I will show that setting up a dichotomy between a past identified with traditional culture and a present involving Christianity obscures the continuity and dynamic nature of Inuit society, which has long borrowed and adapted "outside" elements. Shamanism and Christianity are in a constant state of change in the Arctic and these traditions are still very present. I will here discuss the adequacy as well as the problems of using theoretical notions such as animism ad perspectivism to understand these traditions embedded in a hunting way of life. A short visual sequence on qilaniq will also be presented and discussed.