Sorry for the double-post, mods, but it's been more than 2 months, and if anyone has thoughts about this, I'd love to hear them.
We spend so much time discussing Jacob on other threads that I keep going back to imprinting and had a new thought
the other day. It is related to something Suzan posted back in March:
Suzan wrote:My train of thoughts after reading this post brought me to the suggestion that possibly imprinting happens to make sure that the wolf always protects the tribe and humans in general. A way to keep them on "the good side".
The wolves think maybe it's to pass on the wolf gene or make stronger wolves. What if it is to give the children - hopefully wolf-gene-bearing children - the best chance of survival by protecting them from their fathers?
Let's pretend, briefly, that the Twi-Quileutes live in a world without domestic violence or child abuse. Even if everybody is nicey all the time, there are still times when children drive their parents wild. A wolf's ready temper could easily flare up with a child and end up hurting or killing the child inadvertently. But if the wolf has imprinted on the mother, it becomes hugely more emotionally difficult to hurt the child, because the wolf would be deeply hurting his imprintee. Nor can I see an imprinted wolf committing child abuse or neglect or domestic violence, again, because of the injury to the imprintee. (If Sam's dad had imprinted on his mom, he could never have abandoned them and probably would not have been alcoholic.)(
It's a huge risk to be around a wolf. But it may be less of a risk if that wolf is imprinted on you or your mother. Imprinting may protect family from that risk, resulting in higher rates of survival to pass on the wolf gene.
Tell me what you think!