Ma’iingan: Brother Wolf premieres 7 p.m. Monday, March 4. In this new documentary, Jeremy St. Arnold, a wildlife biologist for the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, shares how his work unites both tribal and scientific perspectives.
With insight from Ojibwe elders, biologists and artist Rabbett Before Horses Strickland, this new film captures enduring spiritual connections with ma’iingan (Brother Wolf), the lasting bonds and responsibilities shared between native people and the wolf species, and the opportunities and challenges presented by the protection of the animals across reservation lands.
“This was a very memorable experience for me,” says St. Arnold. “I have always enjoyed documentaries, and I felt fortunate to be able to represent the Red Cliff Band, sharing the work I love to do.”
Read on to learn more about how tribal traditions and scientific research unite in service of Brother Wolf.
Continue reading Brother Wolf: Q&A with Jeremy St. Arnold
Watch Nature “Radioactive Wolves” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 19 on Wisconsin Public Television.
It’s amazing to think that wildlife can flourish in an area that humans still cannot occupy because of high levels of radiation. All crew members were required to wear masks to enter the area and film, and they were only allowed to stay for very short periods of time.
So how is it that so many animals can manage to survive here generation after generation? More importantly, how has such a large food chain developed over the years to sustain a healthy population of wolves?
It took years of being an endangered and protected species for wolves to return to a healthy population in Wisconsin. Sadly, their return here was met with a great deal of resistance from many of Wisconsin residents. Does the same fate await the predators of Chernobyl? Or will this radioactive wasteland abandoned by humans become a permanent haven for wildlife.
Watch Wolves in Wisconsin at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 on Wisconsin Public Television.
I’m not sure if I should be excited about the return of gray wolves to Wisconsin, or terrified. In the end, I think I’m a little bit of both. After all, they are quite an amazing creature and native to Wisconsin. I remember going to the Milwaukee zoo as a child and getting to the wolf exhibit and always being disappointed because you never actually got to see the wolves. I could see rhinos, elephants and dozens of other animals from half the world away, but the wolves were always so well hidden. Now, they number in the hundreds throughout northern Wisconsin and people are seeing them around more and more. It’s exciting to see this elusive animal making its way back into our state, but I can’t really say that I’d like to see one outside of the zoo. It’s my understanding that many other people around the state feel the same way, however rare the occurrence may be. After all, it took over four years using motion sensing cameras just to gather all of the footage to make this documentary. If you can’t wait until Friday to learn more, you can watch the full documentary here.