Sponsoring Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project Event

The Story of Leadership & The Wisdom of the Wolf

A positive portrayal of the wolf as told by Navajo Storyteller, Sunny Dooley

Sponsored by Plan B to Save Wolves
Benefiting Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project

Join us for an evening of traditional Navajo story telling that positively portrays the wolf and their leadership in nature.

Two showings are available for this very exciting event:

November 9th, Sedona
Vista Hall at The Collective
Doors open: 5:30pm
Storytelling begins: 6:00pm
Light refreshments served.
The Plan B Ambassador Pack will be on site.
November 10th, Flagstaff Museum of Northern Arizona
Doors open: 6:30pm
Storytelling begins: 7:00pm


Sunny Dooley, Navajo Storyteller

Sunny Dooley is a traditional storyteller who has been telling Navajo stories for 30 years. She works as a storyteller, folklorist and cultural consultant – collecting, learning and retelling the oral tradition of the Navajo Blessingway stories. These stories present the worldview of the Diné people and details their relationship with their surroundings. She has retold these stories by oral tradition in Navajo and in English for a variety of organizations, universities, schools and conferences throughout the US, Canada, Africa, Europe and Mexico including the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and the Denver Arts Museum, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Among her many accomplishments include winning the 1982 Miss Navajo pageant. She was the Olive B. O'Connor Distinguished Visiting Professor of Literature and Storyteller-in-Residence at Colgate University and one of nine women, and the only Native storyteller, selected for the Women’s Chautauqua Institute. In 2006, she received the Navajos Making a Difference Award at the annual Navajo Studies conference. She founded the Hané Storytelling Festival for indigenous storytellers and has been featured in several documentaries. In 2013, she was the Runy International Scholar at Robert Morris University.

About Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project

The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project is a non-profit organization based in Flagstaff that is dedicated to bringing back wolves and restoring ecological health in the Grand Canyon region. GCWRP works to build an educated and supportive community to welcome the return of wolves to their historic home range.

Mexican wolves are considered one of the rarest and most endangered mammals in North America. Currently there are only 113 Mexican wolves in the wild in eastern AZ and western NM. After a century of deliberate eradication programs, the Mexican wolf was listed as an endangered species in 1976. All Mexican wolves alive today are descendants of just seven individual wolves that remained by the early 1980s when a captive breeding program began to save the species from extinction.

Science tells us that wolves are considered a keystone species in the ecosystems in which they live and they are important to increasing biodiversity and providing resiliency in habitats during a changing climate. Scientists also say that the Grand Canyon region is an important recovery area for the future long-term viability of Mexican wolves. Ultimately, public support is essential in order for wolves to thrive in the wild.

For more information visit www.gcwolfrecovery.org

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