"Polar Bear Legend" This
silkscreen illustrates an Eskimo legend of a young boy
and his sister that lived with their wicked
grandmother during a time of starvation. The boy was
One day a polar bear
approached. The grandmother handed the boy his
bow and exclaimed, "I'll point you in the right
direction then you shoot." The boy drew his
bow, shot and killed the polar bear. "Oh to
bad, you missed." said the grandmother and
turning to the boy's sister whispered, "Now there
will be more meat for you and me." But in
the night, while the grandmother slept the sister
brought her brother meat.
The legend continues with a
happy ending; the blind boy ventures to the ocean and
regains his sight with the help of a loon.
The wicked grandmother goes to the ocean for magic
powers and is swept underwater by a seal.
The seal spirals down and down until the grandmother
becomes a Narwhal and disappears in to the sea.