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Wolf Awareness Week Event October 16, 2005 1:09 PM

Passing this along from Defenders:

PW-WIN Friends and Colleagues:

This weekend marks the beginning of National Wolf Awareness Week. 

Each year in October, Wolf Awareness Week is celebrated by zoos and nature centers across the United States hosting events featuring educational information about wolves.  Defenders of Wildlife participates by holding our own events in various locations throughout the country that are designed to dispel misconceptions about wolves, teach about the important role wolves play in maintaining healthy ecosystems, and provide different cultural perceptions regarding these charismatic and controversial carnivores.

Here in Southern Oregon, Defenders of Wildlife is partnering with the Siskiyou Field Institute to present, "THE MYTHIC WOLF: A GREAT WORLD ARCHETYPE OF THE MYSTERIOUS" performed by acclaimed storyteller Susan Strauss.

Strauss is an internationally recognized storyteller, as well as the author of six recordings and four books (three children's books, plus one for adults on the art of storytelling). For over 25 years, she has presented keynote addresses, performances and workshops at multiple international congresses, museums, aquariums and National Parks throughout the world.  Her storytelling performance of wolf stories show the true archetype and nature of the wolf, through ancient world myths & anecdotes from biologists.  These include:  "The Creation of North America and the Wolf" (Skidi Pawnee), "Wolf's Eyelashes" (Japan), "She Who Lived With Wolves"
(Lakota), "The Wolf & The Firebird" (Russia), "Skoll & Hati"
(Norse), "Spako, the Wolf Goddess" (Persia), anecdotes from Dr. David Mech and other noted wolf biologists and Susan's original farce, "Little Red Riding Boots Moves To L.A." The evening will begin with opening remarks by Amaroq Weiss of Defenders of Wildlife.

The event will be held Thursday, October 20th at  7:30 PM, at the Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd, in Ashland.

Tickets are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for students and children. For more information please call Laura Jones at 541-552-9653.

If you live outside the Southern Oregon area, go to our website at  for information about events taking place in other states.

Also, you can also personally contribute to public education on
wolves, during this month. Contact your local schools or libraries and suggest they set up a display of wolf books during the rest of October and into November - you could volunteer to go through their book selection and help them find resource materials. You may also wish to volunteer to go to schools and read a book or portion of an age-appropriate book on wolves to a class, especially if you have kids in school or relatives' kids in school. You can advise teachers that Defenders has a wolf curriculum on our children's website,, which they can download and use in their classes.

Thank you all so much for your continued support and involvement in wolf conservation issues. Happy Wolf Awareness Week and we hope to see you on the 20th !

For the wolves and all the wild ones,

Amaroq Weiss and Laura Jones
Co-Moderators, PW-WIN
Defenders of Wildlife

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