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Tsonokwa Woman

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Tsonokwa Woman

May 1979

Mark Henderson

First Nations, Kwakwaka'wakw, born 1953

Tsonokwa, or dzunuḱwa, is the mythic wild woman of the woods, who is both a caution to children not to wander from the village and a source of wealth for chiefs, hunters, and others who encounter her. Her image, often shown with deep-set eyes, open mouth, and pendulous breasts, is seen on house posts (see nearby gallery), daggers, masks, and feast dishes. Here, she is seen with human features.
Silkscreen on Carlyle Japan cover white paper
25 3/8 x 19 3/4 in.
Gift of R. Bruce and Mary-Louise Colwell
Provenance: [Pacific Editions Limited, Victoria, British Columbia]; purchased by Bruce and Mary-Louise Colwell, Seattle, Washington, Nov. 21, 2003
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, INKED! Northwest Coast Silkscreen Prints from the Colwell Collection, Mar. 5 - Dec. 12, 2021.

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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