Sedna: a widely distributed and beloved Inuit legendThis compilation begins with a version of the legend from Sedna of Labrador (www.hvgb.net) and ends with a version from Glen Welker (www.indigenouspeople.net). The two versions are marked in the text.
(Sedna of Labrador's version begins here.)
Sedna was a beautiful Inuit girl who lived with her father. She was very vain and thought she was too beautiful to marry just anyone. Time and time again she turned down hunters who came to her camp wishing to marry her.
Finally one day her father said to her "Sedna, we have no food and we will go hungry soon. You need a husband to take care of you, so the next hunter who comes to ask your hand in marriage, you must marry him." Sedna ignored her father and kept brushing her hair as she looked at her reflection in the water.
Woman brushing her hair. Hashiguchi Goyo, 1920.