Social attitudes/values

Current attitudes

    The Family unit:
  • Homosexuality is okay
  • "Divorce" is okay
  • Families should strive to have two parents, simply due to the many pups in a litter
  • Unnecessary splitting up a family is looked down upon
  • Single parents are not shunned, though the community does not accept parents who run away from their duties. A runaway parent may be hunted down and forced to claim responsibility for their children.
  • Children are expected to support their parents in life, and live near them even after reaching adulthood.
  • Puppies are considered the property of the pack

  • Species/race:
  • Dogs, coyotes and hybrids are accepted

  • Shifting:
  • Any form is accepted, though the optime form is the norm.
  • Individuals flat out refusing to don the two-legged form is looked down upon because the lupus form often hinders a tribesmember in performing their duties.

  • Other:
  • The tribe is wary of human things, but may exploit them and accept them if beneficial enough

Traditional attitudes

Traditionally, AniWaya's set of values was much less open and accepting than they are today. This is tied to their history; at first, they were unaware of coyotes being able to shift, and thus firmly believed that the ability was restricted to wolves, excluding dogs and coyotes. This meant that dogs and coyotes were considered of lower worth than wolves, and hostility grew between the groups. For a long time, the Lupus form was considered to lower oneself to their level, and thus avoided. Certain punishments within the tribe made use of the shame that tainted the Lupus form, and perpetrators could be forced to leave or assume the Lupus form. Individuals who could not shift were not welcome to the tribe unless they voluntarily agreed to being infected by the virus.

Because of the hostility between the different canines, naturally hybridization was looked down upon as an evil. Anyone found to be a hybrid or in mixed relationships were immediately punished, either by exile or death, depending on the circumstances. Naturally, this caused tension between AniWaya and neighboring groups, as the exiles fled there. Not very many years passed until the AniWayans were made aware of the virus' effect on dogs and coyote. Thus forced to alter their attitudes, these views softened in time.

Some attitudes lingered longer than the ones toward species, one in particular is the tribe's attitude towards family. Homosexuality was never an issue within the tribe, but the family unit should never be dissolved, even when there was abuse involved. Violence was not accepted, but thought to be a problem that leadership should solve. Families could be indirectly forced to live together against their will, including grown children, because of the shame involved in leaving one's family behind. There were never laws against dissolving a family (except one law, later, about how mateships should be formally ended), but it was looked down upon to he extent where the society could, in effect, leave entire families in the cold, thus in a way forcing them to leave the tribe.

Last updated on Sat, 05 Jul 2014 at 02:42 PM by Marit