Inuit art: Sedna Sea Goddess
Inuit Artist: Eric Ettagaik
Size: 17.5" high, 8" deep, 7" wide. Weight: 22.2 lbs
Community: Iqaluit, NUh
When an Inuit artist carves a Sedna you are entering the realm of the creation myth.
Many cultures have a unique explanation as to how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it.
Inuit mythology describes Sedna as the goddess of the sea and marine animals. She rules over the Inuit underworld (Adlivun).
There are several versions of Sedna's legend.
Unfortunately for Sedna, all of them involve her having her fingers chopped off while clinging to the side of a boat!
She sinks to the bottom of the ocean where she grows a fish tail and her chopped off fingers turn into sea creatures.
Understandably, she is a vengeful goddess and hunters must placate and pray to her to release the sea creatures so the hunt is bountiful.
Eric Ettagaik's voluptuous goddess has her fingers intact. She has her fishtail lower body, thick braided hair and a very ample bosom.
The carvings that tell traditional Inuit stories and myths are timeless and critical to passing down Inuit history to the next generations.
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