The Gibuu / Wolf is one of 4 main clans in the Gitxsan territory and is my father clan, which means his clan is charged with taking care of me and my siblings throughout my life. If ever there is a time I need help, they will be there. In happy times and sad times. This is a part of our Gitxsan culture. I asked permission from my father and uncle to draw a wolf as is the proper procedure and respect. This is why I chose to draw this wolf with form line.
The wolf is respected for its intelligence, strength, agility and cunning ability to hunt. Their capacity for loyalty and devotion to family is one of the pillars of our culture. The wolf's speech and song through its howl is impressive and is imitated in our dances.
Form line is a part of art that 1000's of years old. The form line was vetted thousands of years ago as a part of or a complete work of art by high ranking chiefs. As each apprentice artist created his masterpiece he did so knowing if may not get to the front of a long house or it may not be displayed in public.
It is because of this vetting process I take each form I create with very seriously. What mastery to transcend the generations! The dart is very simple yet so demanding as it draws your eye and insists you continue your gaze to the next dart and so on. The darts on this dress begin at the front, drawing in energy and goes around your body and out the back where it can be rejuvenated and sent back out to be used again.