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Cole Speck (Kwakwaka’wakw)

Red cedar, acrylic, cotton fabric, horsehair

13″ x 18″ x 5″ (33 x 46 x 13 cm)
including hair


In Kwakwaka’wakw myth, Tsonokwis is the undersea world equivalent of the forest Wild Women of the Woods. In many Northwest Coast mythologies, many land beings have a similar counterpart that lives below the sea.

Tsonokwis is depicted in the company of sea creatures and may have marine motifs such as fins or scales decorating her face and body. She is always very sleepy and when she dances, she sometimes falls down and her attendants must awake her.