The Nunamiut remain the world’s largest connoisseurs of this wild breed. Let’s find out more about a subject always in demand with tattoo lovers.
For the Native Americans the wolf was respected as a hunter and as a food agent not only for himself but for his entire community. The wolf itself was also a religious symbol, the totemic animal responsible for granting powers for hunting, war and healing. The wolf was the wild spirit of the whole Plain. He was simply attributed magical powers and infinite wisdom.
The wolf was also revered by the Nunamiut, a hunter-people that still lives in the Brooks Range, in the Arctic Circle. For these people, the wolf does not assume mystical value it does for the Native Americans. Here the wolf is admired as a skilled hunter, as a guardian spirit, and as a guide that leads the soul to the great world of the Afterlife.
Observing the wolf and learning about its habits is seen as an opportunity for the Nunamiut to improve themselves as the animal allows them to get closer to the physical and spiritual reality that surrounds them.
The Nunamiut are still the most authoritative scholars on this species as they pay great attention to every single detail: from the imprints marked in the snow, the condition of a wolf’s coat seen in the distance and some behavioral clues, the Nunamiut are able to deduce the gender age and condition of health of a wolf.
The wolf is also the Guardian of the threshold, the powerful messenger who helps the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Companion, sometimes friend, but also an animal from which to learn. An important and ineluctable presence that we must get to know better for the sake of our human condition.