There was a time, before the coming of the  man, when the Wolf was a God. And a powerful God at that, with his speed and cunning, he was God of the hunt. With his mate, who he kept for life, and the cubs, together they were Gods of the family.

But most of all, with his song, he was God of the night, a protecting spirit against the black, the unknown. He was a God that was very much a part of the old way.

But then came the  man, and his new ways. He worshipped a new God. A God who lived in the clouds. A God that had no shape, yet could be seen in everything, but the God himself, could not be seen.

Some of our people switched to this new God, and others switched only to save their lives.

The  man's nation grew. Our lands were taken, the fields were farmed, and the great trees cut to support the new nation.

In this new nation, there was no room for the Wolf.

His home was destroyed, his family hunted (for they made warm coats), and he was removed from his place as a deity, only to be placed in a zoo.

When man saw the Wolf, the great God caged, they laughed and laughed. Not only at the God they caged, but also at themselves for being so foolish as to believe that an animal could be a God to man.

The Only God for man had to be greater than man, so they believed.

Over many years, people began to doubt the God in the sky. How did he create man, the rivers, and the sky? Was there really a God, for no one saw him?

Man was so great, he placed a man on the moon, he tamed the animals, and invented machines that could do work and save lives. Who needed a God?

Many people did, but not the same God. There were Gods of Rock, Gods of the Screen as well as the Green God (Almighty Dollar). It seemed that everything had a God, and supporters that would fight for the cause.

Then the God of the sky fell from grace, only to be replaced by two Gods.

These two Gods were greater in power than the God of the sky. Together they fought, and divided the world between them. The eastern part went to the Great Bear , while the western half belonged to the Proud Eagle.

Both Gods wanted to be the only God, and they always fought with each other, costing them only the lives of their followers, a small price to pay for total power. And from his cage, the Wolf watched.

The fights between the two Gods grew more violent, with more people dying. People prayed to the two to stop, for they were afraid. The Gods both of them turned on the ones who were afraid and struck them down. Their only crime being of weak faith.

Then the people began to turn to the Wolf to protect them. "We were foolish" they cried, "please protect us, the Bear and the Eagle, they are mad." As a show of faith, they set the Wolf free.

The Wolf, not stopping at their cries, ran straight for the woods, and he was gone. The people sat numb, who would save them now? As night fell, the people could hear the Wolf singing, and ran to the sound. They found the Wolf sitting on the rim of a large canyon. "Come all of those who wish to be saved, for come daylight my brothers, the Eagle and the Bear will fight their last battle."

Who will protect you then, the Wolf cried? "Come into the canyon and I will bury you like a prized bone, and when the fighting is done I will dig you out." "Why did you run when we set you free? Will you run again, and leave us forever, cried some of the people?"

I ran to dig the canyon, so to save you all. If you do not trust my words so be it. You do not have to come to me." Many did not trust the Wolf, they feared he was angry with them for mocking him, and so he wouldn't protect them.

Those people went home, yet many stayed. The Wolf buried them deep in the earth, for their protection. He felt their fear, and sang to them, so they would sleep.

In the morning, the Wolf sat protecting his followers, when the Eagle came to visit. "Brother Wolf, please join me, for I have a plan that will destroy the Bear. I will cause the land he walks on to burn. The Bear can't fly, like I and he will burn." "Brother Eagle, your plan sounds like it will need no help from me. Just one thing, please leave some land for me to stand on." "But of course, replied the Eagle.

Then good luck, Brother. May you get what is rightfully yours.

The Eagle flew away. No sooner than he was a speck in the sky, the Bear came to visit his brother. "Brother," he growled "please join me in getting rid of the Eagle for he has become a pest." "The Eagle can fly, and we are both bound to the earth, how can we beat him?" asked the Wolf. "I have found a way to cause the stars to flame and fall on the earth, and as they fall the Eagle will not be able to fly." "You have a great idea, just one thing. Please, don't let any of your stars fall on me."

"Don't worry brother, nothing will happen to you." Then good luck, Brother, may you get what is rightfully yours, the Wolf called out as the Bear lumbered away.

Hours passed, yet the Wolf sat at his canyon. There he saw the dark smoke of death rise from the horizon. The sky began to fall in small flaming bits. His ears were filled with the cries of the followers that refused his aid, his nose filled with the odor of burning flesh.

But the land around the canyon did not change.

Finally, he heard the wounded cry of the Eagle and the low growl of the Bear, and then....................silence.

Nothing, not an animal or man stirred. The World was still.

Slowly the Wolf started to sing a song for the death of his brothers, and then he started a new one. A song which promised the sun and the moon, that he would not let this happen again.

He sang the song over and over again as he dug out his followers. And together they built a new world.

The Wolf was God again, and he and his family shall rule forever......

Howling Wolf; a Cheyenne warrior's graphic interpretation of his people

Responses to "When the Wolf was a God - Native American Legends"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Why do you worship the creation more than the creator? The wolf is a gift to you from the Creator. The wolf is not a god. But the Lord is the true God, He is the living God. Jeremiah 10:10. ~*~ Wanza ~*~

  2. Anonymous says:

    live the wolves! let the wolves be free and run thru the wild and hunt! why not leave them alone? in my country norway 75% of the wolves that die did not do anything to get the death. they just ate from the corpses from the dead sheeps and stuff like that. AOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (i know i surely wrote very much wrong but i hope you understand.)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Man kill's through FEAR & GREED, the Wolf kill's to live & survive...Is it not man that murder's..rapes women..child..& even men..Is it not MAN that Steels..lie's..& cheat's his way through life for his own good..!! All the Wolf want's is to be left alone to is Man's fear & greed for the land that stops this..Wolf does not cause the war's & loss of live's it is MAN...So who is the one to fear now..?? !!!
    I know who i'd choose !!

  4. Katie says:

    I believe that all the main Gods of all religions is just one divine diety. It (the Devine) has two branches, a masculine and a feminin, and each has their own branches. The reason why the Wolf represents the main God in this particular case is because in some cultures the wolf and man are brothers. Doesn't wolf and man have the same charictaristics? The wolf watches over the land and so does the devine. It (the wolf) is a representation of the divine. The creator is the creation and vice versa.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Isn't it typical. A "Christian" can't leave others and their beliefs alone and can never pass up an opportunity to spread their narrow, warped, manipulated, arrogant, judgemental, holier-than-thou version of reality. I speak for many when I say KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I thought of cristian when i thought this: "o, i thought it was arrogant to keep posting messages and not letting the other continue in his quest of life". We all need to do what needs to be done, there is an ethernal truth in everyone. We are all aligned with our nature and mind. If everyone is silent, nobody would learn. Though i speak of cristians, I want to thank you for the oppertunity of sharing my soul on this planet and my regret to those which can not relate to the beauty of nature. I wish to thank all of those who keep acting and relate to this nature. But now i am back thinking of indians: They are great people and i wish them luck. I hope they make a great future and have their land returned too. (if i may say so, nobody owns the "land". so i hope there would be no more fighting over land, and i hope nobody judges you for your respect"

  7. Unknown says:

    Your words say "and I hope nobody judges you for your respect" yet you judge all Christians of being narrow, warped, manipulated, arrogant, judgmental, holier-than-thou? You than have the audacity to say you speak for many? Who are these many you speak for and how did you come to be the spokesperson for this many? You speak as if every wrong on this earth that was ever committed was done solely by those of the Christian faith. While I myself speak for no one but myself I will say I am of the Christian faith and I judge no one, I am very open minded, I suffer no warped sense of myself, a m far from narrow and I do not believe myself any more graceful than the next person. Unfortunately I do suffer arrogance from time to time but this is a human trait that we all share. We people are not perfect, nature is perfect, animals are perfect, the stars and the heavens are perfect hence why they do not sin. We people sin hence our common trait of arrogance as well as assumption that we are greater than all things including the ideals and beliefs of others. This is why war is made. Take a wolf from Asia, from North America, from South America and Europe and place them together and what do you get? A happy little community of a social animal. Take a human from the same locations and what do you get? A disagreement. Do as you wish but in future please do not speak for me against Christians, do not speak for me against anyone.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Duke, I think you took that a little personally. Of course not all Christians are like that. Those that feel the need to force their beliefs on everyone are part of a vocal minority. Whoever posted does indeed speak for many who would love for such vocal Christians to stop pointing fingers and "teaching the truth" whenever they come across a differing belief.

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