Beau Dick (Kwakwaka’wakw)
Red cedar, acrylic, horsehair
11” x 8” x 5” (28 x 20 x 13 cm)
Of all the creatures of the forest that are represented as masks on the Northwest Coast, the wild-woman of the woods is one of the most renowned.
Commonly known under her Kwakwaka’wakw name, Tsonokwa is a large human-like creature who is covered with black hair and can be heard calling out hu hu as she moves through the forest. This is why masks representing her typically have pursed-lips. As she does not have the technology to fish, Tsonokwa is known to send her children to steal salmon from smokehouses in villages along the coast.