Mary Kathleen Scott
Reindeer are the only female deer on Earth who grow, wear and shed the same heavy crown of antlers as the males of their species. Reindeer herds are deeply matriarchal and migratory. Elder females lead The Great Herd during its grueling long-distance spring and fall migrations. Male Reindeer shed their antlers after fall mating season. But Female Reindeer wear their antlers all winter long, often protecting the Herd from predators.Only after the spring migration when it is time to give birth, do the female Reindeer shed their antlers in order to prevent injuries to their calves.
Artemis,Greek Goddess of Birth, Death and the Hunt traveled with antlered female Reindeer at her side, and the skulls of female Reindeer have been found in many temples dedicated to this powerful Goddess. Much more ancient is the Reindeer Goddess still honored in Arctic Siberia. Her name, ‘Khenkin’ means ‘without stress’. References to She-The-Antlered-One also whisper and weave their way through Nordic, Celtic and Far North American mythologies.
For six years now I have dedicated myself to creating The Great Herd and its Reindeer Goddesses, Daughters, Divas, Mothers, Aunties and Elders. I sculpt and sew, bind and braid with cloth, polymer clay, yarn and fabric. Into each Goddess I incorporate birch, ash and crabapple branches harvested from my own unruly yard.
The Reindeer Goddesses have sharpened and focused my skill as an artist like nothing I have created in this lifetime. I am honored to be Migrating with Mythic Female Reindeer of The Great Herd. Where our travels may take us is a mystery I hope never to solve.