The Aniwaya, or Wolf Clan, has been known throughout time to be the largest clan. During the time of the Peace Chief and War Chief government setting, the War Chief would come from this clan. Wolves are known as protectors. Historically, the Wolf Clan was the largest and most important among the Cherokee.
Waya is the Cherokee word for wolf. Wahaya is also a Cherokee word for wolf. In the Cherokee language, when we hear a wolf howl, we say wayanigawe, and we add wayani (he is calling). Therefore, the wolf is named by the sound he makes and is the symbolic animal that represents the aniwaya, Wolf Clan.
Wolves figure prominently in the mythology of nearly every Native American tribe. In most Native cultures, Wolf is considered a medicine being associated with courage, strength, loyalty, and success at hunting.
The Native Wolf Symbol 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.
There are seven original clans: Crane, Loon, Bear, Fish, Marten, Deer and Bird.
The seven clans are: Wolf – (a-ni-wa-ya), Deer – (a-ni-a-ha-wi), Bird – (a-ni-tsi-s-qua), Longhair – (a-ni-gi-lo-hi), Wild Potato – (a-ni-go-da-ge-wi), Blue – (a-ni-sa-ho-ni), Paint – (a-ni-wo-di).
The word for wolf is mąʼiitsoh. (See also: ratchet, windlass). CHA’RISA: Hopi: “elk.” Apache definition is – a member of a group of American Indian peoples of the southwestern U.S.. 68. The Apache Indians originated in northern Canada but later settled in the Plains states and the American Southwest.
A female wolf is usually called a she- wolf if there’s a good reason to explicitly state her sex, or “the female ”, as in “the female stays with the pups while the male hunts”. Bitch is sometimes used, but is more commonly used for dogs and I haven’t seen it used in the science literature recently.
Wolf is a symbol of guardianship, ritual, loyalty, and spirit. Wolf has the ability to make quick and firm emotional attachments, and often need to trust their own instincts. Thus they teach us to do the same, to trust our hearts and minds, and have control over our own lives.
The wolf totem symbolizes a high level of intelligence and a deep connection with your instincts, just like the husky totem. The meaning of the wolf also resonates with your desire for freedom and independence. You can function well in a group, or in a ‘pack’, but you can also flourish when you are on your own.
A lone wolf could represent both a person who is alone and the one who is lonely, which is not the same. Lone wolf symbolizes self-reliance, courage, bravery, being eccentric, pride and survival. We use to say that a person is ‘a lonely wolf ‘, if the one is introvert and actually loves to spend time alone.
Sinapu – Wolf (Ute) Jacy – Moon ( Native American ) Okhmhaka – Little Wolf (Cheyenne) Nina – Strong ( Native American ) Kiyaya – Howling Wolf (Yakima) Adsila – Blossom (Cherokee) Maiyun – Wolf (Cheyenne) Mahigan – Wolf (Cree)
Wolves were seen as both being negative and positive to the Norse people. On one hand, they can represent chaos and destruction (e.g. Fenrir, Skoll, and Hati), while on the other hand, they can also represent bravery, loyalty, protection, and wisdom.
The Cherokee word for warrior, Dahnawa Danatlihi, literally means “War They-Are-Running-Place.” One way to translate that would be “They run to the place of war.” Or you could say, “Where they run is war.”