The Story of Leadership and the Wisdom of Wolf
The Story of Leadership and the Wisdom of Wolf
Mesa Arts Center, Piper Theater
October 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm
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Museum of Northern Arizona, Branigar Hall
October 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm
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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. The 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 at http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/events/free-events/maitsoastoryofthewolfandleadershipwithsunnydooley (for the Mesa Arts Center event on October 21) or http://www.gcwolfrecovery.org/take-action/lobo-marketplace (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!
Stand For Endangered Wolves in Arizona!
Rally for Wolves at the AZ Game and Fish Meeting on August 7, 2015 in Flagstaff, AZ
During the period in which AZ Game and Fish had the most control over the lobo's reintroduction, the wild population declined to only 42 wolves and two breeding pairs.
If the Arizona Game and Fish Commission had its way, there would be no more Mexican gray wolves in the wild. It's time for the majority of Arizonans who support Mexican wolf recovery to loudly and visibly oppose Arizona Game and Fish's anti-wolf actions.
Please stand for wolves with us at a rally during the August 7th AZ Game and Fish Commission Meeting. Give wolves a voice by participating in the meeting as well.
Little America Hotel
2515 E. Butler Ave
The meeting starts at 8 a.m. The Mexican wolf briefing is item 5 on the agenda.
We will hold the rally at 12 pm outside during the lunch break.
If you can't make it to Flagstaff, you can support lobo recovery by participating from another regional office in Arizona.
Sign up here to RSVP for the rally and/or meeting.
The AZ Game and Fish Commission has advocated for killing wolves, even whole families, accused of depredating on livestock. It has sent letters to Congress advocating that Mexican gray wolves be stripped of their Endangered Species Act Protections. And it has done everything it can to stop the release of new wolves from captivity, desperately needed to boost the genetic health of the wild lobo population.
Recently, it bullied the US Fish and Wildlife Service into capping the number of endangered Mexican gray wolves allowed to live in the wild at 325, with no basis in science or recovery planning, to trap any lobos who travel to key habitats north of I-40, and to make it easier to kill and remove these highly endangered wolves.
It is crucial at this time when the AZ Game and Fish Commission is advocating for anti-wolf policies and Arizona Representative Paul Gosar is trying to strip Mexican wolves' Endangered Species Act protections, that we have a large showing at both the meeting and the rally!
We want wolf supporters to be highly visible, so please wear a green shirt (if you don't have a green shirt with a wolf image we will give you a sticker to add to any green shirt) and give wolves a voice during the Wolf Briefing Agenda item 5. Then join us at the rally outside during the noon lunch break.
Even if you don't wish to speak, you can help just by being there and filling out a blue card saying that you support Mexican gray wolf recovery.
You can speak face to face with the Commission at the actual meeting in Flagstaff. Or you can participate via video teleconference from a Regional Office in Phoenix, Pinetop, Flagstaff, Yuma, or Mesa (click here for regional office addresses). Please note that the Tucson and Kingman offices are not available for the video teleconference due to construction.
You can also help by signing the petition asking AZ Game and Fish to stop obstructing wolf recovery.
Our lobos can't speak for themselves against state persecution.
They need all of us to do it for them.
Please RSVP to participate, and spread the word.
Thank you for giving our endangered native wolves a voice!