White Dog Art

spirit of the sky world

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ice Bears, Two Spirits on January 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm
watercolor aceo 1/11/2013

watercolor aceo 1/11/2013


This story about the three stars in Orion’s belt is one of many legends told by the Inuit.


‘Four men were hunting a bear. The bear escaped by climbing into the sky and the hunters decided to follow it. As they climbed higher and higher, one of the Inuit lost a mitten and decided to return to Earth to fetch it. The other hunters continued their hunt in the sky and we can still see them today climbing after the bear in single file.

The legend goes on to say that it was the Inuit hunter who returned to Earth to find his mitten who told the story.’

  1. Magnificent! Such space and depth here! And the relationship between animal and spirit is so dynamic. Love it!

  2. Beautiful colors in this painting, Gretchen.

  3. Thank you. I thought of the northern lights.

  4. Love the story that goes with your wonderful painting. The Inuit stories I’ve read years ago I found not the easiest stories to read, but now I’ve taken the book from the shelves and want to read it again.

    • I find the native American stories show us another way of seeing. I think this seeing was available to us as children and perhaps our mind logic has made them inaccessible to us. Our connection to each other and all that the earth contains becomes tangible. Enjoy your revived interest in these stories.

  5. I love that you call this sky world because the painting looks like you pulled it out of the clouds! Isn’t it telling how important story is to all cultures, and in them, lessons, revelations,
    history, a way of life and understanding the a world inside and out. I love these colors too!

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