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My final for my World Mythology class.

The Inuit goddess Sedna 's story begins with a common mythological theme—a beautiful young woman who is not impressed by any of her multiple suitors. Sedna's father, a widower, was constantly trying to marry her off, but she would have none of it.

One fateful day a sea bird (a fulmar) promised to take her away to his “comfortable, luxurious” home. The impulsive young girl eloped with the fulmar.

The “veritable palace” he had described turned out to be a filthy, smelly nest. And, to make matters worse, her new husband treated her like a slave. Sedna begged her father to come and take her back home, and he agreed.

But as they were heading across the waters, a flock of fulmars surrounded the boat. The incessant flapping of their wings caused a tremendous storm to arise and their small vessel was being tossed from side to side.

Fearing for his own safety, Sedna's father threw her into the ocean to appease the angry birds. When Sedna tried to climb back into the boat, he cut off her fingers. As she struggled to use her mutilated hands to try again, he cut off her hands and threw her and her appendages into the water.

As she sank to the bottom of the ocean, her dismembered limbs grew into fish, seals, whales, and all of the other sea mammals.

She descended to Adlivum (the Inuit Land of the Dead) where she now rules. As Queen of the Adlivum, Sedna is responsible for sending food to the hunters. To ensure that she continues to feed the people, shamans must descend through many horrifying places to reach Sedna and soothe her.

When shaman visit her, they massage Sedna's aching limbs and comb her hair. Only when she is properly comforted will Sedna permit the shaman to return to the people and inform them that she will send the animals to be hunted so that they will not face starvation.

Some more here if you'd like to read on: [link]

Polymer clay. hemp.

ENJOY!
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Claona Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Very beautiful work of yours :D

But I've heard a different story of Sedna. She's also our Legend History.
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key-0 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013   General Artist
Really? What's the version you've heard?
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Claona Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That she drowned and became a legend. Only the sherman can help her with her messy hairs.
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Edris-Kingfisher Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's just wicked cool. The story of Sedna was a favorite of mine when I was a little girl.
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key-0 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   General Artist
i really love that story, though it is quite a sad one. just the imagery of the fingers tuning into the creatures of the sea was a really strange and inspiring idea.
thanks so much!
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Edris-Kingfisher Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah!
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day-traders Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:wow:


i like it
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key-0 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011   General Artist
Thanks!
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BlackNailpolishDays Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Beautiful and AWESOME. What a creative idea!
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key-0 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011   General Artist
thanks!
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InfernoShiroku Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
awesome just pure beauty
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key-0 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011   General Artist
thank you very much ^_^
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ONIsauce Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I WANT! (only more manly so... moar dinosaurs)
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key-0 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011   General Artist
how bout dragons? are dragons good?
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ONIsauce Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
dragons are wicked awesome. but... dragons means a myriad of things. what kinds of dragons are we talkin here?
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key-0 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011   General Artist
i unno. pick a kind of dragon.

i happen to like How to Train Your Dragon dragon, Toothless, just 'cause its soooooooo cute somehow. like a purple scaly giant cat with wings.

gawww! *hugs dragon*
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ONIsauce Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
So I can pick the bloop.

You should make... a bloop.

You know the bloop?

Cthulhu. Definitely Cthulhu. Hybrid monkey Cthulhu.
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key-0 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011   General Artist
haha, hybrid monkey cthulhu. yes.

cephals!
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ONIsauce Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
wooot! so... why did I pick the bloop again?
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KyraShangea Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely awesome.
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key-0 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011   General Artist
thank ya!
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KyraShangea Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course. :D
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teranmx Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
HEMP! That explains the story telling.=) joking.. nice work..just don't go punching in anyone.
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key-0 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011   General Artist
aww... but what if someone needs to be punched?
its funny you said that. my father and i just finished watching sason 1-3 of Mad Men and the entire time i just kept yelling at characters to punch each other in the face.
finally one of them did smack their husband in the back of the head with a vase... then everything worked out.
the system works!
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teranmx Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
lol... ok you can punch someone.. just not me.. deal? I'm just surprised you never contacted me while you were in Charlotte.
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key-0 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011   General Artist
i didnt contact anyone while i was in charlotte. i slept alot while i was there, so i was quite a bore >_<
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teranmx Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Well your spring quarter should be a breeze.=)
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key-0 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011   General Artist
i hope so.
btw, i'm almost done with the elmer drawings, so i'll be starting on the storyboards after.
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teranmx Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
AWE-SOME!... Thank you again for your help on this project.
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key-0 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011   General Artist
no problem! i'm thrilled to help!
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DieselPoweredDoodad Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those are amazing! And an amazing story!
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key-0 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011   General Artist
thank you! mythology is just filled with amazing stories. ^_^
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