Inspired by A trip spent travelling the east coast of Canada, on a mission to see Whales migrating north. I saw much Inuit Art along the way, heard legends and read about Native Canadian cultural history. I was particularly struck by the traditions and stories that demonstrate the respect held for the natural world.
This series of Screen Printed Illustrations explore the creation story of Sedna the Inuit Goddess of sea mammals. Who was greatly respected by ancient Inuit hunters. They would thank her after going on a successful hunt.
‘Her anger and fury against man is what drums up the violent seas and storms. Hunters have a great respect for her. Legend has it that they must treat her with respect. Shamans from the world above must swim down to her to comb her long black tangled hair. This calms Sedna down. Once this is done, she releases her mammals to allow the Inuit to eat from the bounty of the sea. It is for this reason in the north that after a hunter catches a seal he drops water into the mouth of the mammal, a gesture to thank Sedna for her kindness in allowing him to feed his family.’