The other directional set predator is the wolf, regarded by the Zuni as the younger brother of the bobcat and guardian of the East. As a social predator living and hunting within the family group of the pack, the wolf naturally represents loyalty to family and tribe and is viewed as both teacher and pathfinder.
The wolf’s wide territory and ability to communicate over long distances make it a particularly apt emblem for life’s never ending journey. The wolf’s commensal relationship with humans, as well as its direct ancestry to the modern domesticated dog establish its role as man’s steadfast ally, and in some cases, his defender.
Most often associated with the color white, the wolf is frequently carved in white marble, alabaster or selenite. Carvers often portray the wolf in a stalking pose.