Tsonokwa, Wild Woman of the Woods. Also spelled Dzunukwa, also Tsonoqua, Tsonokwa, she is a figure in Kwalwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) mythology and is the ancestor of the Namgis Clan.
She is venerated as a bringer of wealth, but is also greatly feared by children, because she is also known as an ogress who steals children who wonder off alone into the woods and carries them home in her basket to eat. Some versions have her with a long, slightly curved snout, suggesting the voracious mosquitos in that region. This shows her with fins and a Killer Whale fin atop her head. $2400.
30 inches across and 20 inches high. (SANTA FE)
26 inches long and 15 inches high, including the base. $975. (SANTA FE)
A Sun mask by Tim Alfred encircled by two Sisiutl (sea monsters) and eight rays of the sun with Raven images. (It was Raven who brought light to the people) Tim titled it A Conspiracy of Ravens. 3 feet in diameter. $3200. (SANTA FE)
Silk scarves (36 inches square) and wrap scarves (14 by 72 inches) by Loren Aragon of ACONAV.
Top row, left to right: Ancient Voices Collection — Ancient Resonance square silk scarf $225, Eternal Echos square silk scarf $225, Eternal Echos wrap silk scarf $200, Ancient Resonance wrap silk scarf $200. (SANTA FE)
Bottom row, left to right: (all there are in in silk charmeuse) Parrot’s Flight scarf. $225. The Imperial (out of stock), The Parrot’s Blessing scarf. $225 and the Matriarch scarf. $95.(SANTA FE)
More on Loren:
Two beautifully engraved sterling bowls by Hopi-Laguna artist Howard Sice, each with a Sikyatki pottery motif and each $400. The top one is 2.25 inches across and 3/8 inch high while the bottom one is 2 1/8 across and 5/8 inch high. (TUCSON
A rare Hopi blanket, woven by Reuben Sequaptewa in the 1950’s. It comes with exceptional and very unique provenance as you can see by the photo of the note written by the original owner. It measures 58.5 by 36 inches. $3000. (SANTA FE).
A Speakers mask, carved of alder by David Boxley. 9.5 inches high. $1800. (SANTA FE)
David Boxley is a Tsimshian carver from Metlakatla, Alaska. Born in 1952, he was raised by his grandparents. From them he learned many Tsimshian traditions including the language. After high school he attended Seattle Pacific University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1974. He became a teacher and basketball coach. While teaching in Metlakatla in 1979 he began devoting considerable time to the study of traditional Tsimshian carving.
In 1986 he left teaching and to devote all of his energies toward carving and researching the legacy of Northwest Coast Indian art becoming a nationally recognized artist.
In 1990, during the Goodwill Games Boxley was commissioned to carve the crown of a "Talking Stick." Boxley's carving of a unified American eagle and a Russian bear became a symbol of peace and harmony between the United States and Soviet Union and was an important part of the summer's Goodwill Games. Messages from President George Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev were inserted in a hollowed portion of the talking stick and athletes carried the stick from Spokane through Washington and Oregon to Seattle for the opening ceremonies.
Though unsigned, this mask at left was positively identified as being by Don Lelooska (1933-1996) by his younger sister, Patty Fawn. It was made in the early 1970s and was carved in the Bella Coola (Heiltsuk) style. It represents Allkumtum, the Creator. The Bella Bella live on the central coast region of British Columbia. 16 inches high not including the hair. $3000.
The Sun mask at right is signed and measures 21 inches across. $2400.
Of Cherokee heritage, he was named Yana (the bear) but was given the name of Lelooska at age 12 when he was adopted by the Nez Perce. It means “He Who Cuts Against Wood with a Knife” and has become a treasured family name symbolic of their work.
In 1968, Chief James Sewid, hereditary chief of the Kwakiutl Nation on Vancouver Island, held a potlatch to adopt Lelooska into the Sewid family.He was later named Gixken, “Chief of Chiefs”, an old title, by the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl), Lelooska is the first child of Shona-Hah and was leader of the family. Lelooska and his family were formally adopted into the House of Sewide of the Mamaleleqala and Qwiqwasutnox bands of the Kwakwaka’wakw by Chief James Aul Sewide. With this adoption the hereditary rights, crests and privileges of the Sewide lineage were bestowed on Lelooska and his family.