“There is an Iroquois myth that describes a choice the nation was once forced to make. The myth has various forms. This is the simplest version.
A council of the tribes was called to decide where to move on for the next hunting season. What the council had not known, however, was that the place they eventually chose was a place inhabited by wolves. Accordingly, the Iroquois became subject to repeated attacks, during which the wolves gradually whittled down their numbers. They were faced with a choice: to move somewhere else or to kill the wolves. The latter option, they realised, would diminish them. It would make them the sort of people they did not want to be. and so they moved on. To avoid repetition of their earlier mistake, they decided that in all future council meetings someone should be appointed to represent the wolf. Their contribution would be invited with the question, ‘Who speaks for wolf?’…”
(From ‘The Philosopher And The Wolf’ by Mark Rowlands)