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Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.
The best Eskimo carvings of all ages seem to possess a powerful ability to reach across the great barriers of language and time and communicate directly with us. The more we look at these carvings, the more life we perceive within them. We discover subtle living forms of the animal, human and mystical world. These arctic carvings are not the cold sculptures of a frozen world. Instead. They reveal to us the passionate feelings of a vital people well aware of all the joys, terrors tranquillity, and wildness of life around them.
Eskimos carvers are people moved by dreams. In spite of all their new contacts with the outsiders, they are still concerned with their own kind of mystical imagery. The most skilful carvers possess a bold confidence; a direct approach to their art has a freedom unsullied by any kind of formalized training. Eskimo carvers have strong skilled hands, used to forcing hard materials with their simple tools. Their hunting and the northern environment invigorates them. Bad weather often imposes a special kind of leisure, giving them time in which to perfect their carvings.
They are among the last of human societies that have retained some part of the keen sense of observation that we have long forgotten. The carves are also butchers of meat, and therefore masters in the understanding of animal anatomy. Flesh and bones and sheath of muscle seem to move in their works. They show us how to drive the caribou, how to hold a child, how to walk cautiously on thin ice. Through their eyes we understand the dangerous power of a polar bear. In the very best of Eskimo art we see vibrant animal and human forms that stand quietly or tensely, strongly radiating a sense of life. We can see, and even feel with our hands, the cold sleekness of seals, the hulking weight of walrus, the icy swiftness of trout, the flowing rhythm in a flight of geese. In their art we catch brief glimpses of a people who have long possessed a very different approach to the whole question of life and death.
In Eskimo art there is much evidence of humours which the carvers have in abundance. Some of the carvings are caricatures of themselves, of ourselves, and of situations, or records of ancient legends. Their laughter may be subtle, or broad and Chaucerian.
Perhaps no one can accurately define the right way or wrong way to create a carving. Each carvier must follow his own way, in his own time. Technique in itself is meaningless unless it serves to express content. According to the Eskimo, the best carvings possess a sense of movement that seems to come from within the material itself, a feeling of tension, a living excitement.
a) Make notes on the above passage using appropriate abbreviations and subtitles. Give a suitable title.
b) Write the summary of the above passage in 80 words.
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