Famous artworks of the Mother of the Sea can be found in different towns of Greenland, for example in Qaqortoq and in Nuuk. Many imagined the Nuuk street artwork by Icelandic artist known as Mottan featured Sassuma Arnaa (otherwise known in Canadian Inuit myths as Sedna), the young girl whose father threw overboard one day.
He chopped off her fingers, and then hands, when she attempted to return to the boat. The fingers became the smaller marine life such as seals and fish; the remains of the hands turned into polar bears and whales, and she sank to become the Mother of the Sea. In Baldursson’s art her hands are whole and she uses it to tame a polar bear.
MODERN DAY LEGENDS
If there is one thing that Greenlanders love, it’s a spooky story. Many of today’s stories involve the infamous qivittoq, a wandering spirit who chooses to or is exiled into the nature. It was believed that the exiled people turned into spirits, as they could not survive Greenland’s harsh climate. Don’t be surprised that even in modern day Greenland, a local’s adventure stories into the wild nature will involve sighting a qivittoq. The legends live on!
You can find out more about Greenlandic culture and art in museums, or by joining city or northern light tours in Greenland.