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Copyright © 2005 Shane Tweten    Zoom Image

Year Created:2005
Description:Bookwus was carved from alder and features horsehair, deer antler tips as teeth, paint, oil and wax.
Artist's Comments: The Wildman of the woods, Bookwus, is a supernatural, non-human creature who is an important figure in Kwakwaka'waka mythology. Bookwus is the male counterpart to the Wild Woman of the Woods and as she preys on the living, he preys on the ghosts of drowned humans. I took the Kwakiutl teachings and added a more human Tshimsham element and then added my own interpretation. I wanted to catch the exact moment when Bookwus spots his prey and anticipates coaxing them to come live with him in his world.
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