The name and story for my painting came from Marny Barnes http://www.redbubble.com/people/mb543210. Thank you.

The aurora borealis has intrigued people from ancient times, and still does today. The Eskimos and Indians of North America have many stories to explain these northern lights.

One story is reported by the explorer Ernest W. Hawkes in his book, The Labrador Eskimo:
The ends of the land and sea are bounded by an immense abyss, over which a narrow and dangerous pathway leads to the heavenly regions. The sky is a great dome of hard material arched over the Earth. There is a hole in it through which the spirits pass to the true heavens. Only the spirits of those who have died a voluntary or violent death, and the Raven, have been over this pathway. The spirits who live there light torches to
guide the feet of new arrivals. This is the light of the aurora. They can be seen there feasting and playing football with a walrus skull. The whistling crackling noise which sometimes accompanies the
aurora is the voices of these spirits trying to communicate with the people of the Earth. They should always be answered in a whispering voice. Youths dance to the aurora. The heavenly spirits are called selamiut, “sky-dwellers,” those who
live in the sky.

I started this last Christmas but didn’t finish it until now. Boy I need to stop leaving unfinished paintings on my computer, you should see how many there are! I lose interest if it takes me too long to paint something, that’s a very bad habit I need to work on.

Comments

  • steppeland
    steppelandalmost 4 years ago

    Wow, they are fabulous, Tam! …
    Maybe “Walking together” ? (Don’t decide right away, you may get more- and better suggestions ;) )
    Awe-some work!

  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmeralmost 4 years ago

    Sure would love to watch you work… this is amazing.
    “as one” – they same part of each other. “PolarMates”…. hmmm…. “lost under ice”, meaning the food they seek.

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 4 years ago

    “Side by Side” whatever its called its WONDERFUL work,

  • paulbeattie
    paulbeattiealmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • Marny Barnes
    Marny Barnesalmost 4 years ago

    The aurora borealis has intrigued people from ancient times, and still does today. The Eskimos and Indians of North America have many stories to explain these northern lights.

    One story is reported by the explorer Ernest W. Hawkes in his book, The Labrador Eskimo:
    The ends of the land and sea are bounded by an immense abyss,
    over which a narrow and dangerous pathway leads to the
    heavenly regions. The sky is a great dome of hard material
    arched over the Earth. There is a hole in it through which the
    spirits pass to the true heavens. Only the spirits of those who
    have died a voluntary or violent death, and the Raven, have been
    over this pathway. The spirits who live there light torches to
    guide the feet of new arrivals. This is the light of the aurora.
    They can be seen there feasting and playing football with a
    walrus skull.
    The whistling crackling noise which sometimes accompanies the
    aurora is the voices of these spirits trying to communicate
    with the people of the Earth. They should always be answered
    in a whispering voice. Youths dance to the aurora. The
    heavenly spirits are called selamiut, “sky-dwellers,” those who
    live in the sky.

    I SAY CALL IT SKY DWELLERS…..
    Sounds so pretty… I miss the northern lights…they have been missing up here in Canada the past few years to to low solar flare activity.
    :)

  • I love “The Sky Dwellers”! That is what I will name it. Thank you very much for the story and the name.

    – Tammara

  • May I also add your story?

    – Tammara

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkalmost 4 years ago

    Exceptional work…I never tire of your beautiful artwork!

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 4 years ago

    Amazing work Tammara!! Love the northern lights in the background!! :)

  • Marny Barnes
    Marny Barnesalmost 4 years ago

    OF COURSE!!!

    I had heard this story before…and did a search to find it again…it’s what your pic made me think of!!

    HUGZ glad u liked it!

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful work, with the aurora, and detail in the bear’s coats, ‘sky dwellers’ sounds good to me too

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic Image, great work Tammara.

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