The Wolf (Mahihkan) is a symbol of guardianship, ritual, and loyalty. Strong family ties, communication, intelligence and understanding. Of all land animals, Wolf has the strongest supernatural powers, and is the most accomplished hunter. Able to make quick decisions, and firm emotional attachments. Wolf teaches us to do the same, to trust our hearts and minds, and have control over our own lives. The alpha female is vital to the survival of the pack.
This Wolf is dedicated to my friend Dr. Veronica Devall, and her beautiful Siberian Huskies.
Elizabeth Tenhave has used Cree syllabics to describe her art card images. These syllabics were used by missionaries in Canada (1830-1860) to establish a written form of Cree and Ojibway. Syllabics were used primarily to teach Christianity.
Elizabeth is a member of the Mistawasis Nehiyawak in Saskatchewan. Her work is inspired by the artistic traditions and storytelling of the Plains Cree Nehiyawak