Jerry Smith

Jerry Smith is a Kwakwaka’wakw artist and carver whose principal medium is wood. He was born in December 1941 to Betty and Jacob Smith and his brother Russell Smith is also a prominent artist. He was raised in the culturally vibrant community of Alert Bay on Cormorant Island off the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island. As well as working as an artist and carver, Jerry has also worked as a logger and fisherman. Jerry Smith is influenced by Doug Cranmer and Larry Rosso and also assisted Bill Holm restoring a plank house at the Pacific Science Centre in Seattle.

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Wild Woman of the Woods Mask
Jerry Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Dzunukwa is the Kwakwaka'wakw name for the Wild Woman of the Woods. She is a giant powerful spiri...

Dzunukwa is the Kwakwaka'wakw name for the Wild Woman of the Woods. She is a giant powerful spirit who can resurrect the dead and manifest lightning with her supernaturally loud voice. Dzunukwa guards and protects her children, who are all creatures and spirits of the forest. Human children who wander are likely to be captured by her and thrown into a basket on her back. She is almost always depicted with an accentuated mouth in an oval shape to represent her whispers in the wind, to attract ...

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