When this Stone Woman picture and legend are mounted in a triple-framed 8 inch X 10 inch picture frame, it becomes a beautiful example of Eskimo art and an interesting focal point on your wall. On viewing this picture for the first time, people are automatically drawn towards it like a magnet. It has such a strong human interest appeal that it is truly amazing to watch other people's reaction to this picture and story.
After viewing the picture and reading the legend, people's universal reaction is: "WOW ! ! !"
The amazing fact is that the Stone Woman figure is so naturally and beautifully formed that it's easy to understand how the story became one of the most famous Eskimo legends. On my first viewing of this unusual figure, I had to circle it about three times and was amazed on how close to a real person this natural stone formation was configured. Just recently, I noticed that I could actually see how her arms come off her shoulders and are crossed naturally across her stomach area.
But first, you have to understand that in that by-gone era, the Yupik Eskimo women of Southwestern Alaska usually carried their young babies in the hoods of their parkas. This would free both of their hands for the tons of manual labor that was required of each and every member of a tribe to survive in a very harsh environment on a day-to-day basis. Everyone had to work very hard just to stay alive where winter temperatures can drop to -40 degrees below zero.
Personally, I love this picture and legend because it is an easy conversation starter. People are always speculating on whether the Shaman really could have had the power to turn people into stone. It's a beautiful picture, and one of the most intriguing Eskimo stories and this is why I'm glad to be able to share it with the world .
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