Wolves hold a special place in the history of mankind. Since the beginning, men have noticed the pack characteristics of the wolf, and felt drawn to the loyalty of the animal. Domesticated wolves were the first canine “pet” that people ever had, and the traits of intelligence, loyalty and ferocity have been duly noted.
In the Mohawk tribe, Wolf Howling at The Moon Tattoos indicated a totem-like power and showed an affiliation with that particular tribe. When a young man of Indian heritage reached puberty and he felt that the wolf was his totemic animal, he was given a Dreamcatcher Tattoo through the process of pricking the skin and rubbing the spots with ashes. Those blessed with the wolf totem symbol were believed to be very expressive both vocally as well as physically.