"Boston Bar Bruin"
unlucky massive black bear lost his battle with a train. So, in his
honor, I carved Celtic designs with abstract bear designs throughout.
His walnut stained skull rests upon maple and is supported by an elk
antler. His teeth remain natural to give a prehistoric effect. Visit
YouTube for the how it was constructed...http://youtu.be/bIwrPHo4WIM
Bear skull carving. Base oak and maple.
There are 10 carved bears and 4 bear paws throughout the skull . 12x7x10.
A Whale vertebrae carving a mythical godless of the sea. The pic to the right shows front and back.
Legend of Sedna the Sea Goddess
The legend of how Sedna became a sea goddess is told throughout the Arctic.
The story varies from one region to the next. However, in all versions, a young
woman becomes the mother of all sea creatures. As the sea goddess, Sedna has
dominion over her creatures and controls the availability of seal, walrus, fish,
whale, and other sea animals to Inuit hunters. This version is a compilation
of many Sedna stories.
Once there was a young woman named Sedna. She lived in the Arctic with her
mother and father. She loved her mother and father very much and was very content.
Her father was a skilled hunter, so he provided very well for his family. Sedna
had plenty of food and warm furs to wear. She liked the comfort of her parent's
home and refused to marry. Many Inuit men desired Sedna for a wife and asked
her parents for permission to marry her. But Sedna refused them all. Even when
her parents insisted it was time for her to marry she refused to follow tradition
and obey them.
This continued for quite some time, until one particular Inuk came to visit
Sedna. This man promised Sedna that he would provide her with plenty of food
to eat and furs for clothes and blankets. Sedna agreed to marry him. After they
were man and wife, he took her away to his island. When they were alone on the
island, he revealed to her that he was not a man at all, but a bird dressed
up as a man! Sedna was furious, but she was trapped and had to make the best
of it. He, of course, was not a good hunter and could not provide her with meat
and furs. All the birdman could catch was fish. Sedna got very tired of eating
fish every day.
They lived together on the island for a time, until Sedna's father decided
to come and visit. Upon seeing that his daughter was so unhappy and that her
husband had lied to her, he killed the birdman. Sedna and her father got into
his kayak and set off for home. The birdman's friends discovered what they had
done and wanted to avenge the birdman's death. They flew above the kayak and
flapped their wings very hard. The flapping of their wings resulted in a huge
storm. The waves crashed over the small kayak making it almost impossible to
keep the boat upright.
Sedna's father was so frightened that the storm would fill his kayak with water
and that he would drown in the icy waters that he threw Sedna overboard. He
thought that this would get the birds to stop flapping their wings, but it did
not. Sedna did not want to be left in the water, so she held tightly to the
edge of her father's boat and would not let go. Fearing that she would tip him
over, the father cut her fingers off, one joint at a time. From each of her
finger joints different sea creatures were born. They became fish, seals, walruses,
Sedna sank to the bottom of the ocean and there became a powerful spirit. Her
home is now on the ocean floor. If you have seen her, you know she has the head
and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish.
Sedna now controls all of the animals of the sea. The Inuit who rely on these
animals want to maintain a good relationship with Sedna, so that she will continue
to allow her animals to make themselves available to the hunters. Inuit have
certain taboos that they must follow to keep Sedna happy. One of these says
that when a seal is killed it must be given a drink of fresh water, not salt
If the hunters do not catch anything for a long time, the Shaman will transform
himself into a fish. In this new form, he or she will swim down to the bottom
of the ocean to appease Sedna the Sea Goddess. The Shaman will comb the tangles
out of Sedna's hair and put it into braids. This makes her happy and soothes
her anger. Perhaps it is because Sedna lost her fingers that she likes to have
her hair combed and braided by someone else. When she is happy, she allows her
animals to make themselves available to the hunters. Animals do not mind giving
themselves up to provide food, clothes, and shelter for the Inuit.