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Term: Angakkuq

Spelled in a variety of ways, including Angakok, it is a term used to describe a wise and spiritual figure who may function as a mediator and teacher. Traditionally, the Inuit or Eskimo people have rules or notions that compare to the Western concept of laws. There are three types: things to do, things to avoid, and things to follow. An Angakkuq could be called in to mediate when someone does not follow the rules. Also, a type of shaman. Techniques used by such a person include invocations, incantations, chanting of songs, weatherwork, spiritual protection, etc.