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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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