Inuit-Norse 930 to 1400AD

This warming trend created rising arctic waters some 9 feet higher than current shorelines, lasting until around 1200ad.This warming trend may have been the cause of migration which lead to the rise in Population of Scandinavia.The colonization of Iceland happened around 800ad with a foothold in Greenland, and the eventual contact between the Inuit and the Norse around 930ad.

Although the contact period from the early 900s on through the late 1400s is not historically well documented, it would nevertheless be easy to surmise all forms of human contact were made between the Inuit and the Viking Norse.This would include periods of war, commerce, cooperative hunting, intermarriage, and cultural and technological exchange that would have far reaching effects on both of their homelands.What is little known about this period of contact was that for the first time in the history of contact of Native North Americans and European people were they both held common world views through their practice of Shamanism.With this in mind, I decided that there was an opportunity for the telling of stories from many interesting facets based on this period of contact.The imagery that I have created in stone tell of stories and things that may have happened.Some of the sculptures are based on actual events, some of the narrative that I have created are based on my own interpretations and understanding on these two distinct cultures.My Great Grandparents Shamanic past and activities have given me an understanding of both the Inuit and Norse outlook on Shamanism.

 

As a sculptor, the focus of my work for the last 30 years has been primarily on my Inuit background, myths and legends related to my Inuit background.All this would change in early 2005 the focus from that point went to my thoughts and concerns were relating to the threats of Global warming on the Arctic, it people, and the environment.

The further I delved into the impact on the Arctic environment, I began to realize that the effects we are seeing today have occurred before, still in oral memory of our people.I came to the hard conclusion that what gave rise to the migrations of my ancestors from North Alaska to the Eastern Arctic and on to Greenland some 1500 years or more ago, was the same catalyst that led to the migrations of the Scandinavians from their homelands to the North Atlantic Islands.

Falcon and Young, 2006

Brown Soapstone
Abraham Anghik Ruben

Ravens Talking in My Sleep II 2007

Brazillian Soapstone
Abraham Anghik Ruben

Iceland 900AD, 2006

Brown Soapstone
Abraham Anghik Ruben

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Hunter and Seamstress II, 2007

Brazillian Soapstone
Abraham Anghik Ruben

Sedna 1200AD, 2006

Soapstone
Abraham Anghik Ruben

Nordsettur, 2006

Brazilian Soapstone
Abraham Anghik Ruben