"An old Shoshone
legend honors the wolf as the protector of women.
It is told that a group of young girls had to be left behind in
hiding as the tribe had to pack up and move quickly due to imminent danger. When the girls
came out of hiding and went in search of the tribe, they came upon an injured wolf. After
nursing the wolf back to health, they became adopted by the entire pack of wolves, who
saved them from danger many times as the girls continued their search for the rest of
The warrior fathers, upon returning to find the girls, saw the
wolves surrounding their daughters from a distance. Not understanding that the wolves were
actually protecting their daughters, they slew them one and all.
After being told of their grave mistake, they vowed to honor the
wolf as protector throughout time. This became tradition and continues today." -L. David Eveningthunder