Bookwus, 2020

Original size is 2944 × 3925 pixels

Aubrey Johnston Jr. (Kwakwaka’wawkw)

Red cedar, acrylic, horsehair, feathers

12 x 10 x 7″

3,400 CAD

“Relating the story of a boy who, distraught one day, wandered deep into the woods. After many days he was hungry and desperate and happened across a fallen log. On top of this log was laid a great feast of steamed clams, dried fish, many types of berries, oolichan grease, etc. No sooner had he begun to gorge himself the spell had done its work and the once tantalizing feast turned back into its true form: Abani, and decaying flesh. He was immediately transformed to Bakwas, he had been tricked by the denizens of the forest and had become as they were…destined to wander the forest.” – Alan Hunt