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Loyalty, Family, Ritual Agility
Of all the animals, Wolf has the strongest supranational powers. Through his intelligence, he warned others of the great flood. Wolves are the most proficient hunters of all the land animals and are highly respected for their ability. Since this ability can be conferred on people, they are often sought after as spirit aids by Natives hunters. Wolves mate for life and are a symbol of togetherness and communication.
Russell is a West Coast Native Artist of the Bear and Wolf Clan. He is from Squamish Nation Village of Uslahan located in North Vancouver, BC.
He began carving on wood at the age of 12, through the inspiration and guidance of his elders. His uncle is Jim Paul, and his father, Frank Whiteeagle. Through the years, Russell has developed his own unique West Coast style, incorporating images of animals and various spirits into his works. Russell's various woodcarvings include masks, totem poles, plaques, sculptures, talking sticks, bowls and rattles. It is Russell's intention to continue to learn this valuable part of his cultural heritage and to be able to pass his teachings on to his future generations.