Black Wolf White Wolf Designs is a Native American, Veteran owned and operated metalsmithing studio. We specialize in one of a kind handmade jewelry. Our jewelry line consists of both traditional Native American designs as well as our version of a contemporary spin off. Each of our maker's brings their artistic voice and vision to the table, culminating in the diverse collection we offer. You can choose to indulge in one design style or both, creating a harmonious layered look. We pride ourselves on the use of recycled precious metals and ethically sourced, conflict-free, mine to market stones. Please find us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to get an in depth look at our studio as well as our company mascot, Shontonga Min!
Below is the story of the Native American legend of "Two Wolves" and how our studio's name, story and designs came to be. We hope y'all enjoy!
"A Cherokee elder speaks to his grandson about life. 'A battle rages inside me,' he says. 'It is dangerous and it is between two wolves. One is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, lies, superiority, and ego.' He continued, 'The other is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, and faith. The same fight goes on inside of you and inside of everyone else as well.' The grandson pondered his words and asked, 'Which wolf will win?'
The old Cherokee smiled and replied, 'If you feed them right, they both win.' The story goes on. 'You see, if I only feed the white wolf, the black wolf will hide in the dark waiting for me to falter so that it can pounce and get the attention he craves. He will always be angry and will always be fighting the white wolf. But if I acknowledge him, both he and the white wolf can be satisfied, and we all win.
For the black wolf has qualities that I need and that the white wolf lacks: tenacity, courage, fearlessness, strength of will, and resourcefulness. The white wolf instead provides compassion, caring, heart, and the ability to value the needs of others over my own.
You see, the two wolves need each other. Feeding only one and starving the other will eventually make both uncontrollable. Caring for both allows them both to serve you, so that you can do something greater, something good with your time on earth. Feed them both and you will quiet their internal struggle for your attention, and, when there is no battle inside, you can then hear the voices of deeper knowledge that will guide you in choosing the right path in every circumstance.
Peace, my son, is what we must all strive for in life. He who has peace inside has everything. He who harbors a storm within his heart and soul has nothing. How you choose to treat the opposing forces within you will ultimately determine how you live'.”