This Bukwas or Wild Man of the Woods Mask was hand-carved by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Sean Whonnock. It had been carved from red cedar and painted in black, red, green and blue acrylic. It features feathers and cedar bark for the hair and brass inlays on the eyes.
Bukwus, also known as the Wild Man of the Woods, is an eerie supernatural creature from the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. This figure can be found lurking at the edge of a stream or in the shadows of the forest, always in search of souls that he can steal for himself. The souls that are caught by the Bukwus can be seen hovering near him, and are eternally condemned to misery, hunger, wandering, and evilness.
This mysterious and elusive wild man lurks near the edge of the dark forest where he lives, offering food to lost humans, luring them to become spirits in his shadowy underworld.
Bukwus is generally conceived as short (about four feet tall), and green. He can be viewed as a guardian spirit, protecting the deep woods from intrusion and harm. Dancers will portray him creeping to a sand bank on a sunny morning to dig for cockles, which is his favourite food. He is very shy and looks about to see if he is being watched, shading his face from the sun with his hands. Suddenly he leaps forward, settles on one knee searching for cockles, and devours them quickly, occasionally uttering a high-pitched whoop or shriek from a concealed whistle.
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This mask measures approximately 15 inches or 38 centimeters high, 12 inches or 30 1/2 centimeters wide, and 10 inches or 25 1/2 centimeters deep.
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