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Wild Woman of the Forest - Tzu-ne-kwa
This 'Tzu-ne-kwa' is a hand carved and painted yellow cedar mask, trimmed with horsehair, by Snaw-naw-was First Nation artist and master carver Brian Bob. 'Tzu-ne-kwa' is also known as the Wild Woman of the Forest in traditional First Nation mythology. The myth: Children who wandered into the forest would find Tzu-ne-kwa supposedly sleeping. But as she rubbed her eyes and yawned, the children were enticed to come closer. Once Tzu-ne-kwa caught them, she blinded them with pitch. Tossing the children into the cedar bag she carried on her back, she carried them deep into the forest and devoured them. This story of Wild Woman was used to discourage children from wandering.
Medium: Yellow Cedar / Horse Hair
Height: 12 1/2"