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.