18 Responses to “Sermerssuaq”

  1. herebewonder

    Definitely adding that book to my wish list!

  2. Jacob Marion

    I think a far north Assassin’s Creed would be kick-ass!

  3. Bird on a Beverly

    This is my favorite Princess so far, for ALL THE REASONS. I also agree with the Assassin’s Creed northside. Get on that, someone.

    Also the new site design is fabulous.

  4. Angel

    Not sure which was better, the story or your art notes! Awesome!

  5. Cornell Austen

    What the hell is with the new layout? How the hell are we supposed to read the text, lost over the picture as it is?

  6. Jason Porath

    What browser and OS are you on? I tried testing this with almost every combination thereof, but you may have hit on one where it doesn’t work well.

    (doing web development for every single person on earth turns out to be super duper hard)

  7. Gill

    I wasn’t paying attention to text alignment, so I assumed “Moral: remain indoors or the star shit will get you” was your own response to the story. I was infinitely more delighted when I saw that it was original to the text. I want to track down a copy of this book and distribute it to everyone I know.

  8. pinkiepea

    I recently finished reading “Women Who Run with the Wolves” and Estes talks about a long history of folk tale jokes that involve women with large clitoris, or who speak from their vaginas, or where men run into problems with their manhood, or any sort of “vulgar” tale. “They are the tailsmans of women-talk — you know the kind women would never, never, ever say in front of a man.” Estes goes on to explain that these sort of stories invoke a belly laugh that shakes everything loose, breaks women free from depression, anger, anything that “makes a woman laugh like that, unrestrained, not caring about showing your tonsils, letting your belly hang out, letting your breasts shake. There is something about a sexual laugh that is different from a laugh about more tame things.”

    So I can totally imagine being at a birthday party, and the ancient neighbor telling this story, setting up the strength of Sermerssuaq, all leading up to the punchline of her showing off her giant clitoris, and of course has nine children! I would laugh, not quite with embarrassment, but more of a freedom. A: “I can’t believe she SAID THAT” sense, but also deeper, a reminder that our elders were, and still are, sexual beings, that the child being honored at the birthday party was a result of sex, of pleasure, of strength. It gives the mother and the young women in the audience a chance to claim that sexual power for themselves, in addition to the raw strength.

    In fact, I’m going to bring up this story at my next mom’s night out. I have a friend who I know will take the idea and run with it.

    In other words: I don’t see it is a strange at all, but empowering and hilarious and awesome. Thank you for sharing and for the work you’re doing bringing these stories to light, but be careful with your words. It is certainly surprising to you, maybe embarrassing, to hear such a story — but you were never the intended audience.

  9. Grace Amundsen

    You should read Bird Girl and the Man Who Follows the Sun. It’s a great Athabaskan legend, and I like the that heroine much better.

  10. Meghan

    I have an old version of IE at work and I have trouble with a lot of websites. But no trouble at home with updated versions.

  11. Jessi03

    Can you work with them on an Assassins Creed Far North? You could probably shake them from their ideas about the difficulties of animating women. Seriously, that archer looks badass, and I need a game with a playable character like that.

  12. Jasmine D

    It could also be an oblique reference to an intersex person. Clitoral size apparently differs and can be quite large? I was just reading on this the other day, just enough for me to wonder if that was thr aim here.

  13. Maria Andersen

    Sermersuaq = Inland ice. Seriously??? :D
    Cheers from a greenlander. ;)
    Apart from that, thanks for coming up with an awesome inuit princess, as we don’t get much in the way of inuit heroes, which is a big shame.
    And yes, some of those old folk tales are pretty far out, which is awesome. :D

  14. Dicktator Uplanovsky


    *Delphine LaLaurie(1775 – 1842)
    *Ilse Koch(1906 – 1967)
    *Mary Ann Cotton (1832 – 1873)
    *Belle Gunness (1859 – 1908)
    *Katherine Knight (1955 – )
    *Mary I of England(1516-1558)

  15. Virginia Silva

    I’m half Yup’ik Eskimo and I have a book of Yup’ik lore that has a fairytale of two Yup’ik women. Also there is another tale about a girl who refused to marry. I can share these stories with you and the book title and author.

  16. Jason Porath

    I’d love to hear it! Please send them by using the contact form. :)