Description The major lesson of White Buffalo is that of the giveaway. When we are elders, it is our responsibility to give away to the people all of the knowledge that we have gained. We should tell our families what we have learned as we have journeyed around the Medicine Wheel of life. The white buffalois an animal who gave up everything for the people: meat, hide, bones, and spirit. It is the White Buffalo Woman who gave the pipe to the people. The power of this animal is acceptance of life, acceptance of death, and acceptance of the necessity of sharing all that has been given you
Lon French, Esquimalt Member Since November 2013 Artist Statement I’m a Haida graphic artist that has been doing Haida art since the end of 2012. At that time, I decided I needed to change the direction of my life. This is when I started learning about my family from Haida Gwaii. I researched Haida art and learned the basic forms. Then I started playing with designs and developed my own style. That style has evolved and continues to evolve the more I do. I have tried to stay traditional and have on the most part but feel that to grow as an artist I must be open to change. As I continue on my new path I’ll try new things and learn more about tradition also and that will reflect in my work. Mostly, I’m self taught but I was also initially taught for a short time by George Hunt Jr. at S J Willis Secondary back in the early ‘80s. I hope you enjoy my designs and follow my journey of discovery in the world of Haida art.