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Mask of Dzoonokwa
Kwakwaka'wakw, 19th century
From British Columbia, North America
A child-eating giant of the forest
Dzoonokwa is a giant of the forest, or Wild Woman of the Woods. She eats children, stops people from fishing, and encourages war. In one story a young woman comes across a Dzoonokwa catching salmon; she kills her and her family and uses the mother's skull as a bath for her own daughter's ritual empowerment. They were not all evil though; when a Dzoonokwa came across young men she may give them supernatural gifts - a self-paddling canoe, or the water of life.
Kwakwaka'wakw masks represent her with pursed lips so that the dancer wearing the mask could frighten the crowd with cries of 'Ho, ho'.
J.C.H. King, First peoples, first contacts: (London, The British Museum Press, 1999)