Wasco, the Sea Wolf, is a prominent sea creature from Haida myth time.

Wasco is a giant sea monster, half wolf and half killer whale that had the ability to move on both land and in the sea. Wasco hunts and eats killer whales.

In past times, Wasco was known to terrorize Haida villages along the coast of Haida Gwaii.
Wasco, the Sea Wolf, is a prominent sea creature from Haida myth time.

Wasco is a giant sea monster, half wolf and half killer whale that had the ability to move on both land and in the sea. Wasco hunts and eats killer whales.

In past times, Wasco was known to terrorize Haida villages along the coast of Haida Gwaii.

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sea monster sculpture

Carved and painted figure of the Haida sea monster, Wasco.

Sculpure: Bill Reid
Photo: U.B.C Museum of Anthropology

© U.B.C Museum of Anthropology


copper box

Carved copper box with argillite base and lid. Figure of Wasco holding three killer whales carved on lid;

Artist: Ding Hutchingson
Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay'llnagaay gift shop

© Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay'llnagaay gift shop


Bowl

Argillite bowl carved in the form of the Haida sea monster, Wasco, by Christian White.

Artist: Christian White
Photo: Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay'llnagaay

© Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay'llnagaay


Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Summarize the Haida myth of Wasco the sea monster in words and in pictures
  • Identify elements of Haida art and its importance to Haida culture
  • Name at least one modern Haida artist and reference one of their works

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