“Ma’iingan is our brother”: An Ojibwe way of speaking about wolves

Our Brother Wolf is no Less Sacred than

Our Brother Grizzly

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Peter David, a biologist who has long worked for the Ojibwe, contends that wolves have cultural
and spiritual significance “so profound that many tribal members feel a certain degree of
discomfort discussing it” (2009, p. 273). Lethal control of wolves, he writes, is particularly difficult for
many Ojibwe to contemplate, as one does not “apply the death penalty to brother wolf”.

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