To most Native American tribes, the wolf is a powerful spirit and family member. Different tribes had different beliefs regarding their relationship with wolves, from ancestors to spiritual guides, to providers of sustenance, to siblings and best friends, to participants in sacred ceremonies and magic. But all involved a reverence for and spiritual connection with their lupine brothers. Though they drew parallels between themselves and the members of the pack as strong, successful hunters, neither had interest in hunting each other. Wolves don’t see humans as prey and Native Americans believe that killing a wolf is like killing one of them.