Pacific Northwest Coast Wolf Helmet
Shamans in the tribes of the Pacific Northwest used masks in ceremonies.
This eagle helmet is made in the style of the Haida tribe from British Columbia, Canada.
This Pacific Northwest Coast Wolf Helmet carving is 24 inches long by 12 inches wide, by 9″ wide. Each piece is handmade, so dimensions will vary lightly.
Made of wood.
Native Americans have long seen the wolf as an animal of power. In fact, Many tribes credit the actual creator of the earth to be a wolf. Furthermore, in the spirit animal kingdom, the wolf symbolizes:
Sharp intelligence, deep connection with instincts
Appetite for freedom
Expression of strong instincts
Family and community spirit
Some native people believe that wolves are the reincarnation of died hunters, and they are frequently impersonated at ceremonies as Wolves. If direction and purpose are lacking in life, when clarity and persistence are needed, the steadfast determination of the Wolf can overcome fear, indecision and confusion. Healers often take the form of the Wolf in their ritual work. Wolves are fierce, loyal, independent and well able to offer support on the most challenging healing journey.
Pacific Coast Shaman’s Masks
This is a hand-carved and hand-painted reproduction of a Pacific Northwest Coast native carving. The original piece is in a museum. Sourced from a ceremonial tribal mask, as used by shamans. Similarly, we have other masks, such as bear, eagle, hawk, sun, ancestor, and more.
Above all, shamans in the tribes of the Pacific Northwest used carved masks in ceremonies. Such rites included commemorations of ancestors, cutting a labret, or a new tattoo. The tribes of the Pacific Coast took great pride, and gave great honor to their ancestors. The wolf spirit is portrayed on totem poles as well as on masks..
We are big fans of the artwork of the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. For one thing, one of us is from NW Canada. Another one of our principals grew up near the Museum of the American Indian in New York. There, she fell in love with Pacific Coast carvings as well. Sadly, the young native people of the Pacific Northwest tribes have largely discontinued the age-old traditional art of carving. Therefore, works of art like these are largely unavailable, or cost in the tens of thousands of dollars. We worked with talented wood carvers in Bali, and developed various reproductions with them. When we sold imports in the 1990s, the majority of our customers for these museum reproductions were native American and Canadian store owners. They were thrilled to have such faithful replicas of Pacific Northwest native carvings.