The Silver Caribou

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

Jennifer Bartman

This is Pipaluk, my mascot and the symbol of my little craft/taxidermy hobby business. She (yes, she - female caribou have antlers if you didn't know) is my fanciful interpretation of a cute little Inuit myth about a benevolent spirit that occasionally appeared to lost travelers on the tundra. This spirit always appeared in the form of a white, gray or silvery furred caribou and was always accompanied by the sound of clicking beads and a sense of well being and comfort. She was said to only appear for a moment but always left behind a trail of hoof prints that would lead the travelers to shelter, warmth and food. It's a very vague myth but I always liked the idea, so I gave it a little more substance as my business symbol. Her name (which I chose to amuse myself; the spirit in the myth is nameless) means mother, or nurse in the Inuit language. :) Sketched/shaded with charcoal and then digitally colored in PS.    

Published More than a year ago

Category Mythology

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