The Ojibwe share a deep connection with Ma’iingan, “wolf.” It is told in the Ojibwe creation story that Ma’iingan was created to be a brother to Original Man. Because their fates are entwined, what happens to one will also happen to the other. With support from elders in several Ojibwe communities, Wisconsin Public Television is producing a documentary that explores the Ojibwe story of Ma’iingan and how this deep connection informs the views of contemporary Ojibwe. As no single Ojibwe band “owns” this story, the program follows a variety of storytellers: Ojibwe elders, tribal wildlife biologists, community members, and an artist, Rabbett Before Horses Strickland of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, who brings this story to life with the creation of a vibrant new painting. Through “first voice” narration, the idea that Native Americans can and should speak for themselves, this program, produced by Mik Derks, provides viewers the special opportunity to understand what it means when your worldview sees the wolf and other animals as relatives.
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