Whistling in the Wind
Whistling in the Wind
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In Pioneer Square, the unofficial motto of this neck of the woods could well be “Scaring tourists since 1853”. Venturing out here at night, you run the risk of waking up at Harborview ER – or even worse, not waking up in their morgue – as its  a bit of a scary and dangerous locale noted for muggings, stabbings and gun fatalities.  Even the native public artwork comes with its own scary horror story.


In the heart of the historic neighbourhood, at Occidental Square, you can find totems by Chinookan carver Duane Pasco. For the uninitiated, Pasco is the unrivalled master of traditional Native American art in the Pacific Northwest style. His works were donated by art gallery owner Richard White and installed in and around the park in 1987 and 1988.


This is his “The Fearsome Whistling Tsonoqua”. The whistling was said to be the sound she made of the wind in the cedar trees, and according to ancient mythology, she was a female giant and “nightmare bringer” whom mothers called to scare naughty children into obedience, as by profession she captured children and took them home to eat them.


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