Ghuuts (Wolf)

Ghuuts (Wolf)

Ernest Swanson (Haida)
Regular price CAD $400.00

"People respect the wolf for its strength, agility, intelligence and capacity for devotion. The wolf's vocal range and communicative powers are impressive, and Northwest Coast peoples traditionally believe in the potency and magic of speech and song. Wolf is sometimes an agent of transformation, and is a popular figure in crest, story and shamanic art...In some legends, the first Killer Whale is said to have appeared when a Supernatural White Wolf entered the sea and transformed" (Shearar 2000: 115). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols

Medium: Serigraph, ed./100

Dimensions: 30" x 18 1/2"

Location: Satellite Shop at SFU Vancouver Bookstore (Harbour Centre)



Ernest Swanson began engraving in 2004 under Haida jeweller Jim McGuire. He comes from a long line of established artists: his cousin is popular Haida carver Jim Hart and  his  grandfather was prolific Haida argillite carver Rufus Moody. In 2005, Ernest started carving wood with Haida carver Christian White. This same year, he also won an Emerging Artist award from British Columbia’s Alliance for Arts and Culture. In 2009, Ernest graduated from Vancouver's Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts program under  established Kwakwaka'wakw/Haida artist Dan Wallace. In 2010, he worked on a large pole with Jim Hart, here at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, BC. Recently, he has been creating miniature argillite pendants with engraved silver bezel settings and abalone inlays.