From Shamans to Missionaries: The Popular Religiosity of the Inupiaq Eskimo

Larry Jorgenson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1990

Issue: Christ and Culture(s) (Vol. 10, No 4, Fall, 1990)

Who exactly were the shamans? Has their function ceased to exist, or has it somehow continued? Did the former missionary polemic against the shamans really affect the Inupiaq world picture? What has been the influence of shamanism on Inupiaq religiosity both in the period of missionary contact and yet today? Does the Christian church offer a sort of kazgi to Christian shamans?

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