CARIBOU - 6.5x6.5 inches $225.00 (SOLD)
Highlighted species: Woodland Caribou - Rangifer tarandus caribou
Range: Northern United States and Canada
From the Innu Tribe: Caribou Man is one of many Animal Master characters in Innu mythology. The Animal Masters are supernatural beings who lead and care for various species of animals and, among other things, give the Innu permission to hunt them for food and materials. Caribou Man is the most powerful of the Animal Masters and sometimes serves as their leader or spokesperson. He is often said to have been an Innu man who fell in love with a caribou woman and turned into a caribou himself. If the spirit of the caribou or other game animals are not properly respected, Caribou Man may become angry and withhold the animals, causing famines. For this reason the Innu are always very careful to follow traditional hunting rituals to show respect to the caribou and other animals, and also to pay homage to Caribou Man himself. The Innu used to use shaking tents to communicate with Caribou Man and the other spirits, although this tradition has fallen into disuse today. The Caribou Master, variously known as Kanipinikassikueu, Katipenimitak or Papakashtshishk, is a powerful spirit in traditional Innu an Indigenous people of present-day Canada and Quebec. In the myth, an Innu man goes to live with the Caribou. He marries one of the does, and is himself transformed into caribou form. He becomes the master of the caribou, and the provider of caribou for the Innu people.
Size: 6 x 6 inches