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Orpingalik was a Netsilik Inuit angakkuq (spiritual healer) and oral poet who provided anthropological input to Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen during the latter's 1921-1924 expedition.

Orpingalik was married to an Inuit woman named Uvlunuaq, also a noted poet. The couple's son Igsivalitaq killed a hunting partner in 1921 and fled his homeland to escape the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.


  • Penny Petrone. Northern Voices: Inuit Writing in English. University of Toronto Press, 1992. ISBN 080207717X, 9780802077172. Pg 21.