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A body cultural event of the Inuit (Eskimo) peoples, from Greenland, Canada, Alaska (USA), and Soviet Siberia: ‘the ancient centre-piece of Inuit festival culture, a dance of laughter and enjoyment, play and display, as well as an instrument of conflict resolution (by duel dancing) and a technique of shamanic ecstatic healing’ (Henning Eichberg, Body Cultures: Essays on Sport, Space and Identity, 1998). The use of such a dance in the late 1980s in the context of the cultural politics of Inuit identity achieved a corporeal expression of collective identity, showing how traditional, indigenous body cultures and sporting practices could generate new meanings beyond the novelty value of a culture of nostalgia.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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