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Wild Man and the Wild Woman of the woods

Two of the more interesting characters from the Northwest coast Canadian First Nations art world include the Wild Man and the Wild Woman of the woods. These two are often portrayed in very dramatic looking masks carved by Northwest coast Canadian First Nations artists.

The Wild Man of the woods from Canadian First Nations art is called Bak’was and is a small human-like creature who lives in the forest. The Wild Man is also considered the chief of ghosts and spirits of people who drowned are often hovering near him. If one eats some of the Wild Man’s food, one will turn into a being just like him.

The Wild Man of the woods from Canadian First Nations art is called Bak’was and is a small human-like creature who lives in the forest. In contrast to the Wild Man, the Wild Woman of the woods or Dzunuk’wa as she is known, is a giant powerful and fearsome figure twice the size of humans. Interestingly enough, even though the Wild Woman represents the dangerous and dark side of the forests, she is also a bringer of wealth for some Northwest coast Canadian First Nations tribes.

She is not considered very bright and usually the children are able to outsmart her in escaping. Interestingly enough, even though the Wild Woman represents the dangerous and dark side of the forests, she is also a bringer of wealth for some Northwest coast Canadian First Nations tribes. A Wild Woman mask can be considered somewhat of a status symbol that only some rich and powerful Northwest coast Canadian First Nations families have.

In contrast to the Wild Man, the Wild Woman of the woods or Dzunuk’wa as she is known, is a giant powerful and fearsome figure twice the size of humans. Her almost blind eyes are sunken and also large like those of the Wild Man but sometimes they have a red glow. It is said that if children foolishly wander into the forest, the Wild Woman will capture them and eat them.