The story of Th’owxiya or “the Wild Woman of the Woods” is a well-known First Nations tale told in Aboriginal communities across Canada. The Squamish version of the story is shared in this video by the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
On Sunday February 18, Arts Whistler presents Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish, at Maury Young Arts Centre at 5pm, spun with mask and music by six storytellers from the Kwantlen First Nations Village of Squa’lets.
The mouth of Th’owxiya holds the most wonderful foods from around the world. However, if you steal from her, you will pay a terrible price for Th’owxiya eats children! When a brave young Mouse takes a piece of cheese from Th’owxiya, he is caught. To appease the ogress, he must find two young spirits to sacrifice to her before the moon rises or she will eat his whole family! With the help of two Bears, a Raven and a Sasquatch, the Mouse sets forth on a journey for knowledge and forgiveness. TH’OWXIYA: THE HUNGRY FEAST DISH has shades of the Hansel and Gretel fairytale and the First Nations story of The Wild Woman of the Woods, told through mask and music.