Relationships Between Indigenous American Peoples and Wolves 1: Wolves as Teachers and Guides

  title={Relationships Between Indigenous American Peoples and Wolves 1: Wolves as Teachers and Guides},
  author={Brandy R. Fogg and Nimachia Howe and Raymond J. Pierotti},
Abstract We examine the historical relationship between humans and wolves as illustrated through stories of North American Indigenous Peoples, especially the Great Plains and Intermountain West, exemplified by Cheyenne, Lakota, Blackfoot, Pawnee, and Shoshone peoples. Indigenous stories have not been employed in scholarly examinations of the origins of ‘dogs’. These tribal peoples were tough and resilient and wanted companion animals as tough and resilient as themselves. All Plains tribes… 
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