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Wolf Exogamy

Dreamed 2010/12/19 by Wayan

THAT DAY

I read Zombies Versus Unicorns, a perverse anthology alternating postmodern tales of guess who. You think oil & water don't mix?

That evening I go to The Marsh, an experimental theater in San Francisco, to see Siddhartha: the Bright Path, a musical bio about two Buddhas--one ancient, one now. Buddha, musicals. Oil, water...

Maddie Bartolome as Chandra and Jens Ibsen as Prince Siddhartha in SIDDHARTHA: THE BRIGHT PATH, a musical about facing the call to a spiritual life.
Just as the show's starting, a woman behind me taps my shoulder and asks, only half-joking, "Can you slump?" She's a foot shorter than me, and for a moment I actually consider contorting my spine for three hours... then answer truthfully: "No. But those center seats reserved for critics are empty. Grab one."

At intermission, this woman's not behind me OR in a critic's seat. Did she stomp out mad? How rude of me to be tall! Hm. I used to feel guilty about stuff like this.

THAT NIGHT

I'm in a world of wolf people. Libertarian wolf people. They live in small steads, each feuding with the next. Or plotting their next little war.

Long ago, in a pass above one farm valley, a portal opened, and a few humans wandered through. They settled parts of the valley. Though not brilliant fighters, they defend their neighbors and are slow to fight among themselves. Slowly, they spread. Not in a unified patch, though; interspersed among wolves. The fractured wolf society lacks a collective sense of "us" and "them"; perhaps, living among them for generations, the humans lack it too. Local is all.

Many wolf steads offer alliances--and sons to marry these funny-looking but peaceful, amiable, successful strangers. Younger sons with a lean and hungry look. Do they expect to take over these clans wolf-style? Not sure that'll work out as expected! But the wolf-sons aren't stupid; they may learn that human cooperation has its advantages.

But maybe wolf-anarchy does too: educates them in politics and war.

I'm curious how these marriages will turn out!

I wonder why the wolf clans send only their young sons--no daughters. The humans take it as a sign the wolves see humans as untrustworthy, and fostering as dangerous; but it occurs to me that the wolves may just be matrilocal--even among wolves, daughters may normally stay put while sons marry out.

Either way, wolf girls won't come to me. So if I want to date wolves--and if I learn anything from this dream, it's that seeing the wolf boys leaves me burning with curiosity about wolf girls--I have to take the initiative. Like these courageous wolf boys, I must practice exogamy. I must go visit a wolf keep.

Sculpture of a dream by Chris Wayan: a wolf dancer about 25 cm tall (10 in.). Click to enlarge.

NOTES IN THE MORNING

Sculpture of a dream by Chris Wayan: profile of a wolf dancer about 25 cm tall (10 in.). Click to enlarge.

ON THE SCULPTURE

She's the first of a series of furry dancers, emphasizing (e)motion and gesture, not anatomy. I'd already started this figure of a wolf dancer--the dream just prompted me to finish her (and get a social life. Still no girlfriend, furry or not, but at least I'm openly hunting now.)

She's made of acrylic spackle. It's quite tough, really. She does have a wire frame inside, but mostly just patching goop.

Sculpture of a dream by Chris Wayan: face of a green-eyed wolf dancer (head 4 cm tall). Click to enlarge. Sculpture of a dream by Chris Wayan: a wolf dancer about 25 cm tall (10 in.) leaning forward, gesturing. Click to enlarge.

Technically this was quite challenging, since she's as freestanding as a living dancer--she's not anchored to a pedestal as with most stand-up classical statuary. That's a great way to cheat, to get figures floating, caught in motion--here's an elegant example by Paul Manship, 1910, of Diana and two deer, that impressed me as a kid. Still does.

Bronze statue of Diana and two deer by Paul Manship, 1910.
But on their own, these figures never could rear and lean and dance like that; too few support points! They'd topple. Only welded to that pedestal...

That's all right for dependent deer, I guess. But I wanted my wolf to stand firmly on her own two feet. Since... that's how her people are.

Sculpture of a dream by Chris Wayan: rear view of a wolf dancer about 25 cm tall (10 in.). Click to enlarge.


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