(c) Niina Niskanen
Watercolors and acrylics on watercolor paper
Here is my newest painting Sárahkká. In the mythology of the Sami people Sárahkká is the protec
tor goddess of girls, women and giving birth. Her sacred bird is the willow grouse.
In the Sami culture the child's sleeping basket is called komsio. If the baby was a girl parents hanged feathers of the willow grouse to the komsio and sometimes also beaks and legs of willow grouse. If baby was a boy they would hang bows and arrows to komsio.