Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

Entries Tagged as 'shamanism'

Trial by Laughter

November 25th, 2013 · Comments Off on Trial by Laughter

From one of the best-titled anthropological papers of the past several decades, a brief account of one way in which Inuit shamanic gatherings could try the resolve of the easily amused: On the north shore of Hudson Strait, at Akuliaq, when the masked dancers, there called Ekko, appear “the people are not allowed to laugh […]


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Only the Lonely

December 20th, 2011 · 2 Comments

While in Pittsburgh last week, I had a chance to catch up with an old friend who’s now an archaeology professor. He just returned to the Lower 48 after four years in Alaska, where he spent much of his time digging up the artifacts left behind by ancient inhabitants of the Aleutian Islands. On our […]


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