DZUNUKWA FEAST DISH

Kwakwaka'wakw
Vancouver Island, BC
early 19th century                       
cedar wood, black and
red pigments, metal nails
length: 36 ½ “
width:  14 ½”

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N3855

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This monumental feast dish represents Dzunuk’wa, or “woman of the woods” a mythical being who lived deep in the woods and had a hunger for fish and human children (Boas 1897:372 and 1966, 307).

PROVENANCE

Reportedly descended through the family of Joseph Nathaniel Greene (b. 1893 at Fort Logan, Colorado)

RELATED EXAMPLES

Jonaitis 1991, pgs. 198-199 and pgs. 200-201