Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq is an Eskimo-Kalaallit Elder from a long lineage of shamans, medicine men, elders and â€˜carriers of the drumâ€™ in the Far North of Greenland. The Eskimo-Kalaallit people, a peaceful culture thousands of years old, have never known war.
Angaangaq was recognized and trained by his grandmother to become the last shaman of his lineage â€” a role and responsibility he accepted in 2004. He has been a longtime â€˜runner to the worldâ€™ of the messages of elders from tribes all around the world.
He was taught by his father that â€œthe greatest distance in the existence of man is from his mind to his heart,â€ and that man must learn to conquer this distance. He was told his work would be to learn to melt the ice in the hearts of men, and to change his own ways. For him, the greatest hope for mankind is that we each learn to change ourselves to access and use our unique wisdom in the world. He encourages we walk our spiritual path â€œwith practical feet,â€ and learn to bridge the gap of imbalance â€” both personal and global â€” though strength, gentleness, compassion, love, courage and grace.
Angaangaq is quoted on the effects of global warming as well as on environmental and indigenous issues, and has represented the Arctic peoples at the United Nations. He speaks before governments and universities, and in schools, prisons, senior homes and businesses. With teachings rooted in the oral tradition of his people and promoting interracial and inter-cultural harmony, he leads healing circles, intensives and traditional sweat lodges. His work has taken him to five continents and over 50 countries around the world.
His name means â€˜The Man Who Looks Like His Uncle.â€™
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