Catherine H. Hale is the Phyllis Wattis Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.
Kevin Dumouchelle is the associate curator of the arts of Africa and the Pacific Islands at the Brooklyn Museum.
Richard H. Scheller is Executive Vice President of Research and Early Development at Genentech. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a recipient of the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award and the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience.
Manuel Jordán is Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Eskimo and Inuit believe that all living things—including inanimate objects—possess yua, a spirit or soul. Carved masks, sculptures, and everyday objects reflect not only their time-honored beliefs and traditions, but also their gratitude and respect for spirits, animals, land, and sea.