On the wolf, from Cheryl Shearer’s Understanding Northwest Coast Art:
People respect the wolf for its strength, agility, intelligence and capacity for devotion. The wolf’s vocal range and communicative powers are impressive, and the Northwest Coast peoples traditionally believe in the potency and magic of speech and song. Wolf is sometimes an agent of transformation and is also a popular figure in crest, story and shamanic art.
In some legends, four Wolf cubs survived the great flood by climbing to the peak of a high mountain. After the waters receded, they howled loudly to find out if any other survivors existed. Humans heard the cries, and the young wolves entered the human community. Other myths and legends recount similar tales of adoption by Wolves and of Wolves. Wolf Mother is sometimes depicted with a human child.