TALES FROM A HARDY SOCIETY
In former times, belief in spirits and witchcraft was well-rooted in the Inuit people. The harsh nature, the winter darkness and the violent storms outside the turf huts and igloos provided plenty of opportunity to tell tales in the self-built homes which were heated only by oil lamps and body heat.
It was a society where people lived close together, but isolated from other local communities. So it gave rise to excitement and pleasure when good storytellers retold classic tales and when visitors from outside had something new to recount.
A NATURE ENDOWED WITH SPIRITS AND THE TRANSMIGRATION OF SOULS
The early Inuits believed that nature was endowed with the spirits. Every single stone, piece of straw, animal and organism was alive and had a soul. They also believed that the human soul could migrate from animal to animal, and this led to a lot of imaginative stories.
In fact, this belief is not really so surprising for a people who lived so close to nature and who were completely dependent on nature’s living resources.
"In former times, belief in spirits and witchcraft was well-rooted in the Inuit people."