JOHNNIEBO ASHEVAK (1923-1972) KINNGAIT (CAPE DORSET) Printmaker: EEGYVUDLUK POOTOOGOOK (1931-1999) KINNGAIT (CAPE DORSET) Taleelayo with Sea Bird, 1965 stonecut, 25 x 17 in (63.5 x 43.2 cm) 15/50
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One version of the Sedna (Taleelayo, Nuliajuk) story tells that the sea goddess’s second husband was a northern fulmar. Like the Raven, the fulmar is considered to be somewhat ominous. The story tells that Sedna met and wed a fulmar disguised as a handsome man. When the man transformed back to a fulmar, his new bride was repulsed by stout legs and lidless eyes Johnniebo’s depiction of Taleelayo and Sea Bird may be interpreted as Sedna and her fulmar husband .
Taleelayo and Sea Birdwas reproduced in Patrick Furneaux, Arts of the Eskimo: Prints, [Montreal: Signum Press, 1974], p. 96
1. Karen Williamson, Tingmiyok: In Flight, exh., Kleinberg, ON: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 2002.