Artworks and Artists
Sedna with a Hairbrush

Sedna with a Hairbrush,
Ungalaq, Natar
grey stone, fur, and bone
18 x 21.5 x 20 cm


The Sedna legend has regional variations. According to one version, Sedna was a young woman forced to marry a shaman, who took her to an island. In the shaman's absence, Sedna's father came by kayak to visit her, and she begged him to rescue her. As they sailed from the island, the shaman raised a storm to drown them. To save himself, Sedna's father threw her overboard. She tried to hang onto the side of the kayak but he cut off her fingers. As her fingers touched the water, they turned into seals, whales, and fish: Sedna became the sea goddess.