Mask - Bookwus
Artist: Charlie Johnson
This impressive Bookwus mask is hand carved and hand painted by Kwagiulth First Nation artist Charlie Johnson. This piece is carved from Alder and painted with acrylic paints.
Bookwus, the wild man of the woods, is a supernatural ghost like figure. He is associated with the spirits of people who have drowned. He lives in an invisible house in the forest and attracts the spirits of those who have drowned to his home.
Bookwus also tries to persuade humans to eat ghost food so that they will become like him. The Bookwus was a significant character for the Kwagiulth people.
Measurements: 11" L x 8.35" W x 6" D
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About The Artist
Charlie Johnson was born in 1964 and is from Kingcome Inlet. He began carving in 1980 at the age of 15. Charlie was inspired by his father Sam Johnson and his own desire to explore the culture and the art form.
Charlie has carved with Simon Dick and Beau Dick and also Joe Peters. He has also taken art classes through North Island College from 1983 to 1987.
Charlie Johnson works mostly in wood and specializes in masks, rattles, and bowls. Charlie's work has been purchased by museums and collectors around the world. Charlie's Bear Mask was included in a recent article in National Geographic. American Native Art is a must to anyone's collection.