the shaman's faith: T. Lowenstein, "Ancient Land: Sacred Whale." New York, 1993.

nothing but empty sky: F.Spufford, I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination. London, 1996.

wears a coat: D. Merkur, Powers Which We Do Not Know: The Gods and Spirits of the Inuit. Moscow, ID, 1991.

we know the polar lobe: P.Z. Myers, "Polar Lobes and Trefoil Embroys in the Precambrian."

the genius: E.W. Hawkes, The Labrador Eskimo. New York, 1970. (Reprint. Original, 1916)

I have seen a beautiful woman: V. Huidobro. From, "Packet Boat." In, Arctic Poems. W. Witherup and S. Echeverria, translators. Santa Fe, NM, 1974.

my hair has fallen out:  "Hair was considered a seat of magical power. Consequently it should be handled with care. It was  associated with the soul." J. G. Oosten, The Symbolism of  the Body in Inuit Culture. In, Visible Religion Vol 1. 1982.

At night the white bear:  "Inuit carvings feature Nanuq—the Great  White Bear—as an animal above all beings. Two-thousand-year-old ivory carvings (as  well as modern soapstone pieces) feature the  polar bear flying through the air as if it had  supernatural powers." J. Waterman, Arctic  Crossing. New York, 2001.