Bracelet - Dzunukwa Repoussé

Artist: William Cook

The Dzunuk̕wa "Giant of the Woods" is the large family of giants that live at their homes in the far away mountains and forests. Although they can be male or female, in most legends she is female. Black in color, with bushy, unkempt hair and a pursed mouth through which she utters the cry, "Hu! Hu!" She was a terrifying and threatening creature. She carries a huge basket on her back in which she put disobedient children that she stole, taking them to her home to eat them. However, the children usually outwitted her, as she is vain, stupid and clumsy.

Repoussé or repoussage is an ancient metal crafting technique. The word comes from the French verb pousser (to push). Repoussé creates decorative forms on the surface of the metal by pushing outward from one side, usually from the interior of a vessel outward. Repeatedly pounding a hammer or mallet by hand does the job.

Sterling silver 6 1/4" x 1"

More First Nations Designed Jewellery