William A. Berry

A Journey to the Arctic - Skull


"We caught sight of a long line of seal skulls laid on the ice with the noses all pointing in the same direction...people believe that the dwelling place of the soul is the head. They also believe that the soul of a seal has everlasting life, living again from hunt to hunt...so, when they move from an old camp to a new one, the skulls of the seals killed in the old one must be set out with their noses turned toward the new hunting ground. For then the seals can follow the hunters from place to place..."

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