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Aakatachaq Schaeffer

I am an Inupiaq Eskimo artist of Kikiktagrukmiut, born and raised above the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska. My focus is predominately on Native portraiture, and recently the use of encaustics as a part of my medium. The watercolors for this building depict the Inuit story of Sedna, the woman under the sea who controls the fish and mammals. As long as hunters were respectful she provided the fish, seals, and whales for their subsistence. If the animals were shown a lack of honor her long hair would become entangled, keeping the creatures to herself. Detangling would require a human to dive deep into the ocean and comb out her hair to release the animals, allowing hunters to continue providing for their families.

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