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By drumming, singing and dancing, a traditional spirit master enters a trance state and calls on spirit allies as guides to address some problem. By trickery, magic, or mystery the master accomplishes the needed healing or solution. The indigenous community that surrounds and supports the healer both fears this power, yet considers the sacred powers a last resort when all else fails.
In a globalizing world beset by environmental challenges, the spirit world may provide a reservoir of restorative power in the circumpolar North. This original curriculum by Kathleen Osgood and Eleanor Kokar Ott from The Center for Circumpolar Studies provides an inquiry into the spirit worlds and spirit masters in the North, alongside experiential discussions and a student-designed final project in any medium.