Big Wolf Handcarved Bracelet

Photo of Handcarved sterling silver big wolf bracelet with abalone inlay

Hand carved sterling silver big wolf bracelet with abalone inlay.

Wolf is an enigmatic character on the North West Coast because there is not a great body of Wolf stories as there are for Eagle and Raven.  On Haida Gwaii the Wolf was only known from hearsay as there were no wolves on those islands, but the Wolf was an important family crest of the Raven Clan.

When I lived in Palmer, AK our house was west of town right on the river bank.  On still winter nights I would often hike out on the river flats where I could hear the wolf pack that lived on the other side of the river.  I would sing back to them and they would answer for a while.  They would stop after an hour or so, I guess they thought I wasn’t that good of a singer or didn’t have much to say!

There is another mythical character that this bracelet could represent and that is Wasco, the Sea Wolf, which is an Eagle family crest.  The Wasco was a giant sea wolf that caught and ate whales usually depicted as a wolf with a dorsal fin.  If you are a Raven this is a wolf, if you are an Eagle this is Wasco, either way it brings a fierce protective spirit to your wrist.  I have had no personal experience with a Wasco but that does not mean they do not exist.

I have found over the years that certain people are attracted to certain animals, this is often a mystery to me as I grew up in the bush and speak Raven as well as my physical limitations allow.  I often think that if these people knew the animals that they feel an affinity for they would not be so enthusiastic about them.  I am probably wrong!  I have known three packs of wolves very well and I do not like wolves at all.  Wolf song can still bring a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye.  I never claimed to be a rational being!

 

Photo of Handcarved sterling silver big wolf bracelet with abalone inlay

Hand carved sterling silver big wolf bracelet with abalone inlay

Hand carved by Owen Walker 1.25 inches tapering to .75 inch

 

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  1. Janet Walker says:

    What are you saying, “you don’t like wolves at all” ? What’s behind this, Mr. Raven?
    How can you feel this way and make such a gorgeous bracelet? Huh???!

    • Owen says:

      Well I did not say that wolves are not beautiful or noble or anything derogatory to wolves, I just said I do not like them, there are some really wonderful people that I do not like! There are delicious foods that I do not like. I don’t like Grizzly Bears either, but I can still enjoy them and make a beautiful Grizzly Bear bracelet.

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  1. […] Wolves are legendary because of their beautiful singing howl, which they use to communicate. A lone wolf howls to attract the attention of his pack, while communal howls may send territorial messages from one pack to another. Though they almost never attack humans, wolves are considered one of the animal world’s most fearsome natural hunters. They are friendly, social and highly intelligent. Wolves live and hunt in packs of around six to ten animals. They are known to roam large distances, perhaps 12 miles (20 kilometers) in a single day. Wolf packs are established according to a strict hierarchy, with a dominant male at the top and his mate not far behind. Usually this Alpha male and female are the only animals of the pack to breed. The sense of family is strong with wolves. All of a pack’s adults help to care for young pups by bringing them food and watching them while others hunt.  Owen and I had a fun conversation this morning about his memories of wolves in Alaska that he tells in his Wolf Bracelet blog.  http://walkergoldsmiths.com/blog/big-wolf/ […]



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