Wild Woman of the Woods Mask
Artist: Charlie Johnson
Dzunukwa is the Wild Woman of the Woods. She controls the water of life and can bring back the dead by sprinkling this magic liquid on them. Her power is such that her very presence causes mortals to swoon or have nightmares. She has a hairy body, pendulous breasts, and purses her lips when she makes her cry: "uu huu uu". She has long, wild hair and wears a large basket on her back to carry away unwary children that she finds in her travels and plans to eat, but the children always manage to outwit her and escape
Carved out of yellow cedar, horse hair for hair, and painted with acrylic paint. 12 1/4" x 5" x 10 1/4"
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.