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The Shaman and the Goose-Wife by charcoalfeather The Shaman and the Goose-Wife by charcoalfeather
The third story of the epic myth cycle.

Reference for the shaman came from this old photo ([link]).

This picture attempts to illustrate a part of the story of Kiviuq, an Inuit hero, who married a goose, while presenting a Yup’ik counterpart of the same story. The Yup’ik man is usually unnamed, and marries the goose when she is in human form. Her feathers were actually her coat that gave her the form of a goose, so whenever she took off her feather coat, she became human. After marrying the man, she continued to eat grass, as she had done as a goose, and one day, she disappeared and flew away with the geese.

In the Kiviuq tale, the goose flies away with her children (who inherited their mother’s ability to transform) after Kiviuq’s mother expresses her frustration at her daughter-in-law’s unwillingness to eat human food. Kiviuq then goes on a quest to find her, and eventually, with the help of the mysterious Fishmaker and a giant fish, finds himself in the south, where there are no Inuit and where the geese nest every year. This southern land has trees—and this is where our hero finds himself staying for the rest of eternity. His goose-wife loses her ability to transform back into a human, so Kiviuq remains in the south. With each passing year, it becomes more difficult for him to move, as he gets older and lichens grow all over him. It is said that when he dies, there will be no more air to breathe and it will be the end of the world as we know it.

It is strongly implied both men (Kiviuq and the unnamed Yup’ik man) are shamans, because shamans are closely linked to the animal and spirit worlds. As such, they often take animal “wives”, although they did not actually have intercourse with them. Unlike Siberian shamans, who are chosen by sprits, Inuit and Yup’ik shamans choose to become shamans by learning rites and interacting with the spirit world. And that is why I chose to draw the character as a shaman.

2 hours, moleskine blank notebook, coloured pencil, ink, and copics.
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Ktoya Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, shaman in full equipment. Great work with north shining *_* inspirative! :dummy:
(once I saw a dream how man married a goose, and goose sometimes take a woman forms. heh never known there is such story exist in real :O_o:
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charcoalfeather Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah, it does indeed exist. And I think there are many similar variants of this story in other circumpolar cultures, like those of native Siberia. 
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Ktoya Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you welcome. Good, I can read them, many of syberian stories are written now on russian so thats easy for me to find them all :) 
and, in that my dream, about Goose wife - man married on her, and keep at home, sometimes she take a woman forms, but almost everytime she was a goose, and she protected him from various evil things (she was kinda magic goose), later man suddenly met ordinary woman (who never turned in to goose) and felt in love with her, and married with her. Goose woman was so sad because of it :( And me too - when I woke up I feel so sorry for that Goose-woman. T_T
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charcoalfeather Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is a pretty sad story! Maybe you should make a drawing of that sometime.
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Ktoya Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes it is sad. :( hmmm. I think I will do some story-telling drawing about it. 
Sometimes I like to draw what I see in dreams. specially - people. 
Do you? 
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charcoalfeather Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually don't remember my dreams 99% of the time, lol. Usually, my dreams are about really boring things, like somehow going back to high school again (I'm right now in university). 
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Ktoya Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe :D sometimes I have such dreams too. when will you graduated? 
I am already graduated but still have dreams how I must pass my tests, or do paper works T_T ew.
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charcoalfeather Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm graduating this April even though I'm technically a third year undergraduate, since I took summer credits and gained some university credits while in high school. In September this  year, I'll be starting law school lol, and after a few years of that, I guess I'll think about what else to do. Maybe I'll go on and be a professor, or I'll actually go work at a law firm. I prefer the former, though.
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Man if i would see that in real life, i would punch him
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charcoalfeather Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol
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