The large Panel is depicting "Sedna - Goddess of the Sea" an important figure in Inuit Mythology. The legend describes Sedna as a very beautiful Inuit girl who lived with her father. She was proud and turned down many men who asked to marry her. When her father said to her that she has to choose a husband to take care of her, because they had no food and would go hungry, she ignored him.
Soon her father saw another well dressed hunter approaching their camp. Even though the face of this hunter was hidden Sedna's father was desperate and asked the man: "If you seek a wife I have a beautiful daughter who will make you a good wife." Under great protest Sedna had to go onto the kayak of the hunter and went on the journey to her new home.
When they arrived Sedna could see no camp, no tent, she just saw bare rocks and a cliff. Sedna's new husband stood before her and pulled down his hood and she realized that he was no man, but a Raven in disguise. She screamed and tried to run away but the Raven dragged her to a clearing at the cliff and brought her raw fish, the only food she would get from now on.
Sedna was unhappy und cried every day, she called for her father. When he arrived, because he felt guilty and knew she was sad, she climbed in his kayak and they paddled away. After some time she saw on the sky the Raven, who was following them, approaching. He swooped down upon the kayak and harassed Sedna and her father.
Sedna's father tried to strike the Raven but missed. Finally the Raven flapped his wings upon the ocean and a vicious storm began. Sedna's father became even more frightened, so he threw her in to the Ocean and said to the Raven: Here is you precious wife, please don't hurt me, take her".
Sedna screamed and struggled and her body became numb in the ice-cold waters. She swam up to her father kayak and reached up with her fingers to the side of the boat. Her father, terrified of the raging storm, grabbed the paddle and begun pounding her fingers, thinking only of himself. Sedna's frozen fingers cracked and fell into the Sea, turning into seals. She tried again to cling to her fathers kayak, but again he begun beating her hands. They cracked and fell into the Sea turning this time into whales and other sea mammals.
She could fight no longer and sank herself, tormented and raging with anger, she did not perish. She became and is to this day the "Goddess of the Sea". Her companions are the whales and the seals and all the sea mammals. Her anger against men drums up violent seas and storms.
Everybody must treat her with great respect. Hunters thank her for feeding their families by dropping water in the mouth of a seal they have hunted.
Dimensions: 3' x 11' x 3" ( available in different sizes)
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