Erich Glendale

Wild Woman of the Woods Mask

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  • Wild Woman of the Woods Mask

Erich Glendale

Wild Woman of the Woods Mask

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This Tsonokwa, or Wild Woman of the Woods mask, was hand-carved by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Erich Glendale. The mask was carved in red cedar, painted in red and black acrylic, and features horsehair for the hair.

The Wild Woman of the Woods is a supernatural being. She is part of a large family of giants. She is known to roam the forests in search of children who have disobediently wandered too far from the village into the woods. It is told that she steals the children, covers their eyes with pitch, and takes them back to her home where she eats them. But she is considered very clumsy and dim-witted, so the children are usually able to outsmart her. This terrifying figure is seen as a deterrent for anyone venturing too far away from their village.

She is identified by her black hairy body, recessed eyes, hollow cheeks, and bushy unkempt hair. She is usually depicted with pursed lips to make her signature cry "Huuu! Huuu!"

Including the hair, the mask measures approximately 28 inches or 71 centimeters high, 13 inches or 33 centimeters wide, and 6 inches or 15 centimeters deep. The mask not including the hair measures approximately 11 inches or 28 centimeters high, 7 inches or 18 centimeters wide, and 6 inches or 15 centimeters deep. 

The price includes shipping to the USA and Canada