Komatik \kō-‘ma-tik\ A rawhide-lashed sledge with wooden crossbars and runners, first invented and used by the Inuit of Northern Canada, but since used also by non-Inuit people.
The chants and spells in this book were collected by Lawrence Millman from Inuit living in Angmagsalik (now Tasiilaq), East Greenland, in the 1980s. There are songs for a newborn son, by a starving hunter full of joy, and by the greatest dog sled driver in the world; and there are charms for a walrus hunter, a berry picker, and against sickness. There is also a spell to stop an avalanche. The result is a window on a remote culture that has nearly disappeared with the invasion of the modern world.
Read an excerpt from I'll Dream You Alive
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