Superb Bukwus Mask, Wild Man of the Woods, by Randy Stiglitz

Superb Bukwus Mask, Wild Man of the Woods, by Randy Stiglitz

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BUKWUS Mask, adorned with cedar bark and horse hair, by Randy Stiglitz from the Sechelt Band, Coast Salish Nation

Truly captivating expression. The colors chosen are while traditional, enhanced with his personal touch. The carving on the cheeks and of course the nose, brilliant. The face is adorned with cedar rope. Long black horse hair and a few additional cedar bark surrounding the face. 

Measurements: 12" x 8" x 8" 

Meaning: the Bukwus/Pukmis is a supernatural ghost like figure, also known as the Wild Man of the Woods or the Man of the Sea is associated with the spirits of those who have drowned.

Legend: Bukwus, (also Bakwas, Bookwus, Bukwis, Buk'wus, Pugwis, Pu Gwis, Pu'gwis) is a skeletal, long-haired wild man of Kwakiutl legend, is a supernatural ghost like figure. He also sometimes known as the "King of Ghosts" or "Man of the Sea" He lives in an invisible house in the forest and attracts the spirits of those who have drowned to his home. Bukwus also tries to persuade humans to eat ghost food so that they will become like him. The Bukwus was a significant character for the Kwakiutl people. 

Bukwus is sometimes mistakenly identified with the Salishan Sasquatch.

Bukwus And Bigfoot: There has been much confusion about Bukwus being another name for Bigfoot. Bigfoot is also a spirit being to many Native American tribes but Bukwus is an undead being, the ghost of a drowned person. Bukwus will turn other people into more Bukwus. Bigfoot doesn't do that. Both creatures are believed to be hairy. Some people insist to this day that Bukwus are gentle, shy, hairy "forest devils", indicating that Bukwus is indeed Bigfoot. I personally do not think Bukwus is Bigfoot, but I won't argue for or against and will just let people believe what they want to believe regarding such.

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About This Artist

Randy Stiglitz was born in Pender Harbour in 1953. He is of Coast Salish descent through his mother and is from the Sechelt native band.  He has been an artist for most of his life and comes from a background of Salish artists. Randy has...Artist bio and other available works »

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