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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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Larie-Meo Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Bouh!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, they're from 2012.
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AlessiaHV Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Noprob! They are wonderful and you had a very different style! :D
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I actually started out drawing traditional, focusing a lot on pencil crayons. I later shifted on to markers and then combined it with pencil crayons, like in this picture.
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, sounds like quite a mix.
Any special papers you used?
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just moleskine paper (like the moleskine notebook). I always draw pictures in the notebooks now.
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm.
Guess I'd have to use a different kind of sketchbook then.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What's your current one like?
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Uses bond paper.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see. 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a pretty sad story! Maybe you should make a drawing of that sometime.
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Ktoya Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General 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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NorthernSoldier Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Man if i would see that in real life, i would punch him
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol
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eternalwinters Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Whoa the color and flow of the picture is...mesmirizing...xD

That was an interesting tale.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you liked it!
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ZestySama Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the flow this illustration has. What kind of technique did you use to get that smooth, whispy quality in the sky?
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just used pencil crayons to make the sky. I blended the colours together to make them look smoother--the wax makes it so.
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ZestySama Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I see :D I thought that maybe you used a bit of water color or went over the pencil with a colorless blender marker.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, lol, that would actually be quite dangerous, since moleskine notebook (not sketchbook ) paper is rather thin and would tear if it came in contact with too much water.

Have you ever tried using Prismacolour pencil crayons?
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ZestySama Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Is it? Whelp, it's a good thing I never had a moleskin book to learn that the hard way XD

Yeah, I use them quite a bit!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aren't Prismacolours awesome? I learned how to shade and mix colours with them as a kid.
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ZestySama Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
They really are great. Haha, all I had to work with when I was a kid was Crayola. As much as I love them they are a bitch to blend.
Have you ever tried working with Prismacolor watercolor pencils? They're really gorgeous and I tend to use them more than the regular pencils. :D
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, lol, I've never worked with the Prismacolour watercolour pencils. I've actually had very little opportunity to try out watercolour pencils, but I'm bad at watercolours anyways, so meh.
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Chunky-Salsa Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
literally the most horrifying face I ever saw

the background is simply amazing though, damn
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:bow:
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MarsiaMS Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool art and an enjoyable description :clap:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Great work! :thumbsup:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:bow:
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Anytime!
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Rulhoolie Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I find it interesting that the women are associated with important animals like seals and geese in Inuit mythology.
And history is apparently so ~sexist~.
The brown colors of his clothes, and the way you drew the clothes are really lovely. I also love the aurora in the background!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

Yeah, it is interesting how women are associated with those animals. It probably has to do with how women were seen as the life-givers and life-force of human communities. WHICH IS PROBLEMATIC AND MUST BE PURGED ACCORDING TO THE TUMBLR GODS!
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Rulhoolie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I was thinking that it had something to do with life-giving qualities too.
I feel like a lot of mythology must have been created by women... just by the way they describe things and such.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: That's an interesting theory.
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