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Old thoughts becoming new – wisdom from Aua

A story from the Fifth Thule Expedition

Knud Rasmussen made two extended visits to the camp of the shaman Aua, as well as hosting the old man and his wife at expedition headquarters at Danish Island. On these occasions the aging shaman shared his wisdom with the enquiring ethnologist. Inuit life had been governed by a complex system of taboos that regulated...

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