For participants, shamanic poetry is a mode of transport, not just beyond the mundane and into the sacred, but into other realities and dimensions where capricious spirits may possibly - nothing guaranteed - be harnessed to help humans out of very ordinary and concrete problems such as sickness and hunger. The way the poetry is produced, and precisely its inspirational nature, in a ballet of symbolic codes, clues both human and spirit audiences into the spirituality, or depth of kut-siur, of its creator. Poet shamans of the Sakha Republic are today tentatively traveling into this realm of hard-won spiritual knowledge and delight along accepted ancient paths, the seance, and totally new ones, written verse, drama and film. Some of the ancient paths have become overgrown with disuse, but shamans like one young Viliuisk man whose helper spirits are the raven and the dog say they have rediscovered the paths with the guidance of elderly living shamans and the spirits of deceased shamans. Both old-style and new-style shamanic poets have in common the root of the Sakha word for shaman, oiuun, from oi, meaning intelligence and conscience together.
— Marjorie M. Balzer, The Poetry of Shamanism