This Pitch Woman Mask is carved in red cedar by Russell Tate from the Ditidaht First Nation on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. Russell remembers being told about Pitch Woman from his grandmother. She cautioned that children who walked off into the woods alone were at risk of being kidnapped by Pitch Woman, so named because she would put pitch in their eyes before carrying them home in her basket to eat. Pitch Woman is a symbol similar to the Tsonokwa.
The Tsonoqua or Wild Woman of the Woods is a supernatural being. She goes by many names including Tsonoqua, Tsonokwa, Dzunuk’wa, Zuniquwa, Th’owxiya, The Giantess, The Ogress, and Wealth Giver. This being is often considered female, but may be depicted as male or female.
Find more information about and examples of The Wild Woman of the Woods Northwest Coast First Nations symbol.
The mask is painted in dark green, black, and white acrylic. It is accented with operculum shells along the eyebrows and black goat hair for the hair.
This mask including the hair is about 15 inches or 38 centimeters high, 11 inches or 28 centimeters wide, and about 5 inches or 13 centimeters deep. Without the hair the mask is about 8 1/2 inches or 21 1/2 centimeters high, 6 inches or 15 centimeters wide and 5 inches or 13 centimeters deep.
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