Suzanne Swibold designed our institute's logo to feature Sedna, the human/seal/bird
figure from the mythology of the sea-hunting cultures of the Eskimo people.
She is the source of life and creation, and dwells at the bottom of the
sea. She represents the peoples' soul; when they are happy and harmonious,
she provides nourishment; when they are confused and out of harmony, she
withholds her food. During times of starvation, shamans took the risky
"journey" to her dwelling to ask what must be done to restore
food to their people.
Sedna carries a specific warning to humankind. If we fail to protect
our sea and ocean resources, we can scarcely imagine the consequences
for humans or other life forms on the planet. The hints of Sedna's wrath
are just beginning to cluster and alarm... in North America, we hear daily
word of fishery collapses in the Grand Banks, Georges Bank, Pacific. International
fisheries, marine ecosystems and coastal cultures have never been so unstable
Sedna logo is Copyright © 2001by Susanne Swibold.