The Mongolian writer Guo Xuebo (ééªæ³¢), who is also a scholar of Mongolian literature and history, has said that the wolf was never a traditional totem used by ethnic Mongolians; on the contrary, the wolf is the biggest menace for their survival. His post to this effect on Sina Weibo on 18 February 2015 was questioned by many netizens. On February 25, he wrote an open letter, condemning the novel and the film, saying they "humiliate the ancestry, distort the history and culture, and insult the Mongolian people. " On 20 January 2016,Inner Mongolia Academy of Social Sciences(å èå¤ç¤¾ä¼ç§å¦é¢),the leading academic and research institution in Inner Mongolia, confirmed that the wolf totem does not exist in ethnic Mongolian's belief. The institution found that the presence of the remains of the ancient Mongolian totem worship in varying degrees among some tribes in ethnic Mongolian, but there is no unified ethnic totem for Mongolian people. It concluded after a wide range of fieldwork from April until July 2015 in Inner Mongolia.
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