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Aua (angakkuq)

Aua (angakkuq)

Aua (angakkuq)
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Aua (alternalely Awa, Ava) (circa 1870, Igloolik area - after 1922) was an Inuk angakkuq (medicine man) known for his anthropological input to Greenland anthropologist Knud Rasmussen. As a spiritual healer practicing into the 1920s, Aua provided perspective on Inuit mythology at a time when it was being subsumed by introduced Christianity. Aua told the story of his cousin's mother Uvavnuk, whose song "The Great Earth" is still popular.
Aua was married to Orulo and they had four children.

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