The Sea Woman

Sedna in Inuit Shamanism and Art in the Eastern Arctic

Frédéric Laugrand and Jarich Oosten

The Sea Woman

Frédéric Laugrand and Jarich Oosten

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

160 pages | 200 color plates | 8 x 10
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781602230118 Published February 2010
Cloth $49.95 ISBN: 9781602230262 Published January 2009
This study offers an in-depth examination of the role of shamanism in modern Inuit art and culture. Inuit shamans derived their healing skills and power over natural elements from their ability to communicate with supernatural beings, such as Sedna the sea woman. As the authors document here, despite the current domination of Christianity, contemporary Inuit life and culture is still powerfully shaped by the shaman tradition. They focus on representations of the sea woman as an example of shamanism contextualized in art and explore what these depictions reveal about the dialogue between Inuit and Western cultures in the twentieth century.

Preface and Acknowledgements


Chapter 1: The Quest for the Sea Woman

Chapter 2: The Creation of Human Beings and Sea Mammals

Chapter 3: The Descent to the Sea Woman and Her House

Chapter 4: Life and Death

Chapter 5: The Sedna Feast, the Tivajuut, and the Ascent of the Sea Woman

Chapter 6: Transformations

Chapter 7: Conclusions



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