Sky House
Barry Herem
This large six-color Northwest Coast formline design references many aspects of Hopi mythology in an attempt to join one form of native American mythos to the formal structures of another. The seven worlds of the Hopi, Taiowa, the creator, the twins of the north and south poles, Raven, eagle and the sipapuni up through which human beings have arisen into our various worlds are all portrayed.

Sky House

Barry Herem

This large six-color Northwest Coast formline design references many aspects of Hopi mythology in an attempt to join one form of native American mythos to the formal structures of another. The seven worlds of the Hopi, Taiowa, the creator, the twins of the north and south poles, Raven, eagle and the sipapuni up through which human beings have arisen into our various worlds are all portrayed.

Tsonakwa
Gene Brabant
"Tsonakwa is an ancestor of the Namqis clan through her son, Tsilwalgame.  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 and carries them home in her basket to eat.
"She is described as having bedraggled hair. In masks and totem pole images she is shown with bright red pursed lips because she is said to give off the call "Hu!" It is often told to children that the sound of the wind blowing through the cedar trees is actually the call of Tsonakwa. Some myths say that she is able to bring herself back from the dead (an ability which she uses in some myths to revive her children) and regenerate any wound. She has limited eyesight, and can be easily avoided because she can barely see. She is also said to be rather drowsy and dim-witted. She possesses great wealth and will bestow it upon those who are able to get control of her child."

Tsonakwa

Gene Brabant

"Tsonakwa is an ancestor of the Namqis clan through her son, Tsilwalgame.  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 and carries them home in her basket to eat.

"She is described as having bedraggled hair. In masks and totem pole images she is shown with bright red pursed lips because she is said to give off the call "Hu!" It is often told to children that the sound of the wind blowing through the cedar trees is actually the call of Tsonakwa. Some myths say that she is able to bring herself back from the dead (an ability which she uses in some myths to revive her children) and regenerate any wound. She has limited eyesight, and can be easily avoided because she can barely see. She is also said to be rather drowsy and dim-witted. She possesses great wealth and will bestow it upon those who are able to get control of her child."