Tuxw'id is a Kwakwaka’wakw female warrior spirit, who features prominently in Winalagalis dance ceremonies. Winalagalis is the bringer and ruler of T'seka (Winter Ceremonial), and imbues red cedar bark with supernatural power. Traveling the world, making war, Tuxw'id comes from the North to winter with the Kwakwaka’wakw.
During potlatch ceremonials, inside the big house, Tuxw'id appears in powerful dramatic illusions of spirits flying through the air, emerging from beneath the earthen dance floor, or from within the central fire. These displays are all part of family privileges in drama and dancing.
"There are so many variations of different spirits portrayed in Tuxw'id. There are power boards that represent ghosts that come up into the house, there are supernatural birds and other creatures. Supernatural events take place. In one version a woman gives birth to a frog.
My wife, Marie Hunt, had a Tuxw'id that she passed on to our granddaughter Scarlet at our potlatch in October 2019. It is a supernatural canoe that could fly across the sky into the heavens. My daughter Ali Hunt has one that was passed from my mother to her. Her Tuxw'id are power boards which represent ghosts of different creatures in our supernatural realm."—Calvin Hunt
This Tuxw'id Female Warrior Spirit Puppet is hand-carved in red cedar and painted in black, red, and green acrylic by Kwagu’ł artist Calvin Hunt. The puppet is about 5 feet or 57 inches tall, or 59 inches including the hair, 25 inches wide including the cedar bark or about 21 1/4 inches without, and about 30 cm or 11 3/4 inches deep.
Materials: red cedar, acrylic, horsehair, cedar bark twine, and red cotton.
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