Where the land is covered in snow that is dotted with the footprints of the many herds of caribou that roam the land, the Inuit people sing to the beat of a drum while hovered together. A women stands in the center of the crowd to begin her song about a man in attendance who is then called forth to perform a dance to the rhythm of the drum. The women may sing and the man may dance to identify bad spirits and where they are located, who was causing sickness, and why there was bad weather or the scarceness of animals. In every song lives a story within itself, a life experience of the composer. A song is owned by no one else but its composer, nor can it be used or "stolen" by another member of the group. However, the song owner my give his song to show appreciation for help given in time of need. Through the art of song, the ancient stories of the Inuit people have transcended the barriers of time that prevent the past from remaining a part of the present.