A Haida Wolf Legend
A man once found two wolf pups on the beach, and he took them to his home and raised them. When the pups had grown, they would swim out into the ocean, kill a whale, and bring it to shore for the man to eat. They did this every day, and soon there was too much meat to eat and it began to spoil. When the Great Spirit saw this waste, he made a fog and the wolves could not find whales to kill nor could they find their way back to shore. They had to remain at sea, and those wolves became seawolves (Orca).
The Wolf is a significant family crest and mythological figure among some of the native peoples of the Northwest Coast. It is considered the land-equivalent of the killer whale because of the parallels between the species' social behavior - traveling in packs and stalking prey.
The wolf features strongly in both Indian and Inuit lore as a successful hunter. Once the object of fear among the white settlers and shot by bounty hunters, the wolf is becoming better understood and more appreciated, both in Canada and Alaska, and is depicted in art throughout the north. In Indian designs, the wolf is identified by an elongated snout with flaring nostrils, large teeth and ears, and a curled tail.