Quinnalt Wolf Dancers

In the Northwest, on the Olympic Penninsula, the tribes lived between the rich forests and a bountiful ocean. The cedar from the forests became a well used commodity. Cedar branches were shaved into strips for weaving into baskets, headgear, leggings and skirts. The men carved or constructed heavy masks that they wore on top of their heads.

There are many interpretations of the wolf dance based on the answers to my questions. One story told of how the wolf fled from hunters and into the ocean where it became the whale. Another tells how the mink stole the wolf's spirit in order to gain its knowledge as a hunter. Among the rocky outcroppings at Point Granville, Bobbie Jo Jones and Jerry Hyasman danced out their interpretation.

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