- Material: Cedar / Acrylic Paint
- Measurements: 16" X 5 1/2" / 40.5cm X 14cm
- Artists: George Matilpi
- Totem Symbols: Wolf
- Categories: Masks,Plaques,Totem Poles
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
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Wolf is a symbol of loyalty, great strength, determination, and strong family ties. Highly respected, the wolf is seen as having a great likeness to people, as they form family units, hunt in groups, and mate for life. They are considered wise, understanding, and steadfast. Some First Nation groups believe that great hunters are reincarnated as wolves.
George Matilpi was born in Alert Bay, B.C., and is a member of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw and Dakelh Nation. He began carving at the young age of 14, coming from a large family of artists and carvers. He was further taught by his half-brother Lloyd Wadhams and his cousin Ned Matilpi, as well as Chief Amos Dawson.
George likes to combine the natural grain of the wood with highlights in traditional colours of red, green and black to bring life to his creations. He is currently a full time carver, creating traditional, innovative and charismatic animal plaques with personality. George also takes the time to teach the next generation of young carvers further insuring the continuation of his culture and heritage.