ResourceHanna Tuulikki: How to Meet a Seal

Hanna Tuulikki: How to Meet a Seal

Audio Meditation and Methodology

In this mediation, British-Finnish artist Hanna Tuulikki invites you to be transported to the mouth of the River Ythan in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. A large colony of grey and common seals call out from the estuary banks. The sound of their calls are carried in the wind.

Hanna shares two traditional seal-calling songs, and teaches an extract from one of these which she works with in her seal calling improvisations.

This traditional Scottish Gaelic seal-calling song comes from the collection of Marjory Kennedy Fraser, an early twentieth century folklorist. It is a simple song created entirely from wordless sounds that imitate the grey seal’s singing.