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The 10 Bear Boogie

Feb 26, 2020
by IAQ

Among the behaviours you wouldn’t expect from a polar bear, dancing has to be high on the list. That hasn’t stopped Inuit artists’ imaginations though, as they portray bear after bear twerking, drum dancing and even discoing to a thumping beat.


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Floyd Kuptana
Ballroom Dancer (2005) Steatite and marble 9.5 × 6 × 2 in
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery

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Aqjangajuk Shaa
Dancing Bear (n.d.) Serpentine 4 × 4.75 × 2.5 in
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery Reproduced with Permission Dorset Fine Arts 

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Enook Manomie
Polar Bear Necklace (1977)
Reproduced with Permission Dorset Fine Arts 

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Pitseolak Qimirpik
Dancing Bear (n.d.) Serpentine 9 × 9 × 7 in
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery Reproduced with Permission Dorset Fine Arts 

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Ruben Anton Komangapik
Nanuruqtuq (Becoming a Polar Bear) (2013) Amazonite, sterling silver, acrylic, marble and Nunavut gold 26 x 24 x 15 cm
Photo Estelle Marcoux Komangapik

PootoogookPaulassieDancingBearProtectingHerCub

Paulassie Pootoogook
Dancing Bear Protecting Her Cub (n.d.) serpentine, slate base 12 × 6 × 7 in
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery Reproduced with Permission Dorset Fine Arts 

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Pauloosie Joanassie
Dancing Bear (n.d.) Marble 12 × 10 × 7 in
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery Reproduced with Permission Dorset Fine Arts 

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Michael Massie
My Dreams of a Dancing Bear (1991)
Courtesy IAF

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Tarsis Pilakapsi
Bear Dancing For Her Cub (n.d.) ivory, steatite base 5 × 5 × 2 in Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery