“Whatever Happens to the Wolves Will Happen to Us”: Cultural Reflections of the Relationship Between the Wolf and the Anishinaabe People.”
Michael Waasegiizhig Price tells the story of the historical journey and the relationship between the wolf and the Anishinaabe people of the Great Lakes region. These stories include persecution, annihilation, recovery and vibrance of both wolves and Anishinaabe people. But, as Anishinaabe cultural teachings tell us: “Whatever happens to the wolf will happen to Anishinaabe, and whatever happens to Anishinaabe will happen to the wolf.” This longstanding relationship continues today as Anishinaabe people address the ongoing persecution of their closest and beloved relative, the wolf.
Michael Waasegiizhig Price is the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Specialist at the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission headquartered in Odanah, WI. He is Anishinaabe and an enrolled member of Wikwemikong First Nations in Canada. His role as TEK Specialist involves integrating Anishinaabe language and cultural perspectives into research methods and resource management to make science more culturally relevant for the GLIFWC member tribes. Michael received his Master of Science in Forestry from the University of Montana and a Bachelor of Art in Biology from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. He also received his Certificate of Ojibwe Language Instruction from Bemidji State University.