Tsonokwa - Red Cedar Mask

Raymond Shaw

Tsonokwa - Red Cedar Mask

Raymond Shaw
$2,900.00

11 1/2" x 12 1/2" x 6 1/4"

The Tsonokwa, also known as Wild Woman of the Woods, is an important character in the dancing societies of the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples. She is a giantess, characterized by her black colour, bushy and unkempt hair and a pursed mouth. Periodically she would wander from her home in the woods in search of small children to take home with her in her basket on her back. The children often out witted her since she is clumsy, stupid and vain. Tsonoqua’s most important role was that of bringer of wealth and good fortune.

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