THE KOBUK Eskimos had no gods, but thousands of devils or spirits or Dooneraks, as they called them. These Dooneraks might be beneficent, but generally they seemed to delight in making trouble. Their jealousies and their desire to prove their strength caused no end of bother to mankind: and especially to the medicine men who controlled them. For it was only a special class of people, the anagoks as the Eskimos call them in their own language, or the medicine men as the white people usually refer to them, who could deal directly with the Dooneraks. Through these spirits the medicine men were able to heal injuries, cure disease, right wrongs, get revenge, and perform many miracles to indicate their power.
I could readily write a lengthy treatise on this interrelation of medicine men and Dooneraks, for I have heard about it from many sources. However, I think it would be much more impressive to give Ekok's succinct account in the exact English which she used in telling the story.
"If you follow what the medicine man tells you and believe in him you will get well. The medicine man may tell you not to eat something or not to do something: he may tell you not to eat berries or certain wild meat, not to eat off birch bark dishes or wooden dishes, not to wear certain clothes