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Wasco/Ganukadet
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In the Haida and Tlingit cultures, this Sea Monster was a cross between a Sea Wolf [Orca] and a Land Wolf. Appearing in Oral traditions, it would play the part as terrorizer of the coastal villages, or as companion to a hunter whom raised it from a pup. Ganukadet is also a Guardian to the under-water kingdom, and is an obstacle to pass in order to reach that kingdom.

I'm thinking of using this color scheme, and designing another design for t-shirts. Let's hope i have time in the near future!
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memeweaver's avatar
Would love to get a tattoo adapted from this idea. Sent you an email recently - hope it didn't wind up in spam!
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Hello!
I received no email form you- and it's not in my spam either. Maybe you would rather send me a note here?
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EthanRedOtter's avatar
Amazing! I've been obsessed with all things of the Northwest, ever since I started writing my new fantasy series where my main characters are based off of the Tlingit. I'm defiantly going to feature Wascos.   
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Tsuna-Draken|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat! Love old cultural legends like that.
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Thank you! :heart:
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Tsuna-Draken|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're Welcome.
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raven-amos|Professional General Artist
The Wasgo story I heard was the "layabout hunter" who captured one and donned its skin to catch whales as a big middle finger to his quarrelsome and nagging mother-in-law.
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Please, I ask you to use a little more polite language when referring to the Oral Traditions. I understand as it might not be as important to you, but to me it is a very respectful issue. I'd prefer if you not use the term "big middle finger". He did it to quell his mother-in-law's consistent criticism. This is why this story is called the "lazy son-in-law". It is supposed to teach us that HE was at fault, not his mother-in-law. If you were taught differently, I can respect this; I simply ask you take a little ore respect when you discuss it with me.
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raven-amos|Professional General Artist
Please accept my sincerest and heartfelt apologies. I will be more mindful to be more respectful about the language I use in the future. I did not realize I was coming across as offensive and I certainly did not mean to disrespect.

My exposure to this story in the past is limited to the tale of an unnamed man whose mother-in-law was convinced he was a lay-about and lazy because of his propensity to sleep in late, come home late when everyone else was asleep, and who never seemed to take care of his tools - in reality he was a skilled hunter with perfectly honed tools and weapons and later proved his mother-in-law and other villagers wrong after he captured Wasgo in a giant cedar log and donned his skin, bringing home larger and larger fish every night, until he captured 3 whales and dropped them on his mother-in-law's doorstep the night of a huge feast.
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Thank you for your apology- however, traditionally, we do not retell Oral Tradition online. There is a reason we call them ORAL traditions. Your version and the one I was taught vary, as do their cultural lessons. This is quite common, actually, and is taken into account when we retell the stories in our circles. We tend to site which culture it comes from, and who told it to us.
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ratravarman|Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic! Do you remember this? fav.me/dis5ty
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Aidan-Gull's avatar
That would be an awesome shirt design, for sure.  ^v^
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PleisarPup's avatar
I love this creature and your design is perfect. Can't wait to see it on a t-shirt! Nice work!
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Thank you! :)
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Fox-The-Wandering's avatar
Ooooh, I love the story behind this cool guy! I'm sure that this would be a wonderful design for a t-shirt! :)
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Thank you! Here's hoping I have time to produce one. :)
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