Time-lapse of "Sacred Fire" Laurel of Asheville Cover ImageJen Starwalt
In Native American culture, the wolf signifies guardianship, ritual, spirit and loyalty. In local Cherokee folklore the red wolf, known as ‘wa’ya,’ is a loyal guardian of the hunter. Its reddish color symbolizes both war, sacred and beloved nature. At one time these wolves thrived in the Southeast. Today the red wolf is an endangered species, there are less than 40 in the wild and are being captured and confined to zoos. At one time these wolves were thriving in the most successful mammal restoration program in the US, now they are waiting. Waiting for another chance to run free again. We know how to preserve them. In order to save there lives they need funding and political will. When we hurt our earth, animals and each other we hurt ourselves. We are all one.