The Native Wolf Symbol or Totem represents loyalty, strong family ties, good communication, education, understanding and intelligence. Of all land animals the Wolf has the strongest supernatural powers and is the most accomplished hunter. The Wolf is a very social and communicative creature, he uses body movement, touch and sound. The Wolf Symbol has an important cultural significance to First Nation in North America.
Wolf Symbol and First Nations
The First Nations had great respect for Wolves because of their alikeness. Both Natives and Wolves hunt, gather, defend and even educate their tribe or pack. The Wolf has always been respected as a very family oriented animal because he mates for life, watches and protects his young until they are old enough to be independent and protects the elders. Hunters would carve or paint lightning snakes with the head of Wolves on their canoes in belief that the hunting skills of the Wolves would help their hunting skills on the water.
Some native people believe that wolves are the reincarnation of died hunters, and they are frequently impersonated at ceremonies as Wolves. If direction and purpose are lacking in life, when clarity and persistence are needed, the steadfast determination of the Wolf can overcome fear, indecision and confusion. Healers often take the form of the Wolf in their ritual work. Wolves are fierce, loyal, independent and well able to offer support on the most challenging healing journey.
Native Art - The Wolf Symbol
Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery sells Wolf Symbol prints, Native American Jewelry, Wolf Native carvings, Wolf ceremonial masks, gold and silver bracelets and bentwood boxes, all inspired by the Wolf Symbol.
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