I made this for a friend who is learning Men's Traditional dance for Native Pow Wows. This is deer hide, made into a shield. The wolf is acrylic and the paws are burned onto the hide itself. The symbols atop are Cherokee letters. Waya means Wolf.
While I'm at it, the wall has been decorated with packing paper and polyurethane. Just rip the paper in different shapes, paint on the poly, and stick it to the wall in various layers. Even better would be to crumple the paper first for more texture, but I just left it smooth here.