Nuliajuup Uinga (Nuliaju’s Beast)
Nuliajuup Uinga (Nuliaju’s Beast) by Ningeokuluk Teevee — Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 2023 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: Nuliajuk is the goddess of the sea for the Netsilik with similar story as that for Sedna.
Nuliajuk is a girl that did not want to marry anyone. Her father introduced her to good suitors, but she’d not select any. Her father and mother wanted her married so their son-in-law could contribute with hunting as they were getting older. Her father one day too her to the island where there were dogs and she started living with the dogs in the island. Eventually she fell in love with one dog and got pregnant and had many babies that came out of different nationalities.
One day a year later, her father decided to come pick her up and bring her back to the camp. On the way back on the kayak they were caught by a storm. The father got scared they would capsize, and he threw her out of the kayak. She desperately tried to hold to the side of the kayak and her father cut her fingers with a knife. When she sank down to the bottom of the sea, she setup a tent where she has a big dog that guides her, in front of her tent. Also, her fingers that were cut off became all kinds of sea mammals including seals, belugas, narwhales, walrus, killer whale, bowhead whale, etc.
She became the goddess of the sea and hunters must pay respect to her to help them with successful hunting.
The blank sheet of letter-size (8.5” x 11”) paper covering part of the image in the last picture is for size reference.