Northwest Coast Wolf earrings

Northwest Coast Wolf earrings.

Sterling Silver.

Measures aproximately 2'' from top of hook.

Handcrafted by artist Virgil Stanley.

Revered because it was a good hunter, the wolf was often associated with the special spirit power a man had to acquire to become a successful hunter. The wolf was the land manifestation of the killerwhale. According to coastal legend, a supernatural white wolf transformed itself into a killerwhale, hence the white markings and the habit of traveling in groups as wolves. Generally seen in profile, the wolf may also be depicted crouched on all fours, or sitting with its front paws raised. The main features of identification are an elongated snout with flared nostrils, many large teeth, prominent ears and a curled tail.

The addition of fins or flippers indicates that the animal is the mythical Sea Wolf known to many peoples as Wasgo.

Many myths and legends surround the eagle. They often play the role of messenger to and from the spiritual realms. Eagle down, a symbol of peace and friendship is sprinkled before guests in welcome dances and on other ceremonial occasions. Eagle feathers were used in rituals and worn on masks and headdresses. Eagle is one of the main two Haida crests and many families of the coast still own or inherit the right to dance and display the image of this mighty creature.

Collections: Northwest Jewelry

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