Today we're still hanging around Anchorage. Today's grand adventure will consist of hiking in Chugach Mountains. Hubs wants to see bears. I'm hoping we don't, unless it's a bear rug. Not a big fan of maulings. Don't worry, I made sure the husband's life insurance was paid up prior to leaving for this trip.
The Chugach Mountains at sunrise.
Sedna's story and how the ocean animals were created:
Yesterday I mentioned some of the sea god/goddesses of Inuit mythology. I thought it only fitting to tell the story of Sedna, the goddess of the sea. There are many versions of her story, but I liked this one the best.
Sedna was a beautiful girl, but she was terribly vain. She would refuse all suitors that came to seek her hand in marriage until one day a mysterious traveler arrived. He was dressed in the finest furs and was very charming. Sedna’s father was instantly intrigued by the man and offered his daughter in marriage. Sedna was lured by the prospect of having the finest items in life, so she accepted the marriage offer.
When she arrived to her new home, she noticed that the land was bare. There was no fine house or village. Instead, all she saw was a large cliff with a bird’s nest on top of it. That is when her new husband revealed himself as the Raven god. Sedna was very unhappy with her new life, knowing she had been tricked into this marriage. She would spend her days and nights weeping into the wind.
Her father would listen to her cries and knew that she was miserable. One day, he decided to rescue Sedna from her raven husband. He paddled through the icy waters to the island in his kayak. While Raven was out hunting, he rescued Sedna and began the long journey back to his land. When Raven discovered that Sedna was gone, he became furious. He began to follow her trail instantly.
When he found Sedna and her father in their kayak, he conjured a great storm by flapping his wings. Sedna’s father became terrified of the storm . Being the selfish man that he was, he decided to save himself by throwing his daughter overboard. But Sedna was not willing to die so easily. She clung to the side of the kayak will all her strength until her father took his oar and cut away her fingers.
As the tips of her fingers fell into the ocean, they became seals. Still wanted to live, Sedna swam back to the kayak and grabbed on to the side with her bloody palms. Her father again took his oar and chopped away until her hands fell to the bottom of the ocean and became whales. Sedna’s body drifted to the bottom of the ocean where her spirit became the ruler of the seas.