|A Tuplikak is a carving of a
figure devised to bring misfortune.
in Greenland these small often "frightening looking" figure are more recently
carved from ivory or baleen.
Tupilak: Mystical creatures and carvings of
the Greenlandic eskimo.
misfortune-bringing creature fashioned in utmost secrecy by
someone skilled in sorcery from parts of various animals and
was made alive by the singing of a charm song and grew large by
sucking from the sexual organ of its maker. Then it was put in
the sea to
swim to its victim and do away with him. Possibly the victim
skilled in sorcery and so strong that the tupilak instead turned
and killed its maker." (Kaalund)
various animal bones, peat, and cloth, then given life
by means of magical words, the tupilak was sent by its maker to
enemy. In more recent times, model tupilaks have been made of
and baleen." (Blodgett)