The Story of Leadership and the Wisdom of Wolf
Mesa Arts Center, Piper Theater
October 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Purchase Tickets Online for the Mesa Event
Museum of Northern Arizona, Branigar Hall
October 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Purchase Tickets Online for Flagstaff Event
A two-city tour of the traditional Navajo winter story about leadership and the wisdom of the wolf (Mai Tso) told by gifted storyteller and folklorist Sunny Dooley, begins at the Mesa Arts Center on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 pm, and concludes at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff on October 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Appropriate for all-ages, this Navajo tale shares culturally grounded lessons of leadership and demonstrates that nature is a powerful teacher for humankind. The story will be told in English, unfolding in rich and entertaining detail how two mammals, two birds, and an instigator insect changed the world by bringing integrity to leadership and a voice to all the people.
The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project is hosting the tour to cast a different light on wolves and share a traditional story of this endangered species from a southwest cultural perspective. Our non-profit organization works to build an educated and supportive community to welcome the return of wolves to their historic home range. The evening at the Mesa Arts Center will begin with Animal Land, a visual art installation by artists Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars, that literally casts a new light on wolves. Doors open for both events at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 available at the door and in advance online for the Mesa Arts Center event on October 21 or for the Museum of Northern Arizona event in Flagstaff on October 22.
Special Thanks to the Mesa Arts Center and Defenders of Wildlife for supporting these events!
The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project is excited to host our wolf advocacy campaign annual camping trips and hike from June to October 2014 that will follow a natural dispersal corridor, connecting the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area (where Mexican gray wolves currently live) to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (where we are advocating for their return). Mexican wolves are capable of traversing hundreds of miles, and need room to roam in order to establish a metapopulation structure to preserve remaining genetic diversity.
Two wolves have been documented in the Flagstaff area since the initial release of Mexican wolves into Arizona in 1998. In 2000, a female Mexican wolf wandered northward, eventually traveling over 200 miles until a vehicle struck and killed her just twelve miles north of Flagstaff on US Highway 89. In 2001, federal and state wildlife agencies reported that a radio-collared, yearling male lobo traveled from his reintroduction site in the Apache National Forest to the Mormon Lake vicinity on the Coconino National Forest south of Flagstaff. The agency biologists later tracked him moving south to Clear Creek and then eastward along the Mogollon Rim headwaters. It is possible he was following the scent of the female wolf who traveled this route before him, seeking out a mate he would never find. Our sojourner was shot and illegally killed in early 2002. As a community awareness event, the Paseo del Lobo hike offers participants a unique opportunity to learn more about little-known stories like this, as well as current efforts to help critically-endangered wolves make their way back to the wild.
Volunteers needed to hike, bike, join trail support teams, or help with special events!
Volunteers will be expected to serve as a positive spokesperson for Mexican wolf recovery, sharing your photographs and video experiences of the trail!
We will provide participants with a detailed map of their section, and go over maps of the area to help with directions, and trail recommendations. You will gather a group of your friends to lead on a Paseo del Lobo section hike, to help educate others about the incredible wolf habitat available in the Grand Canyon region. Take photo postcards with a short message from your hike for us to share online with others around the world to see!
Help us make the Paseo del Lobo a success for Mexican wolves
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