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History of ma’iinganag (wolves) in Wisconsin to be topic of ‘Thursdays at the U’

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Peter David

Peter David

On Feb. 17, Peter David, a wildlife biologist with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, will present “Ma'iingan (wolf) and the Ojibwe” during the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Barron County's “Thursdays at the U” lecture series. The presentation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus.

The presentation will focus on the history of ma’iinganag (wolves) in Wisconsin, exploring the significance of their extermination and recovery from an Ojibwe cultural and ecological perspective. David will review the benefits and challenges of sharing the land with wolves today, and why it is important that humans “get their relationship with wolves right.”

This art by Ojibwe artist Wesley Ballinger depicts the unique bond between ma'iingan (wolf) and the Ojibwe. (Submitted photo)

This art by Ojibwe artist Wesley Ballinger depicts the unique bond between ma'iingan (wolf) and the Ojibwe.

In his role with the GLIFWC, David assists member tribes in the implementation of their off-reservation, treaty-reserved rights in what are now portions of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. At the commission, he has had the opportunity to work with a variety of “more than human beings,” ranging from wild rice to wolves.

David received his education (bachelor’s and master’s degrees in wildlife ecology) from UW-Madison, and from the tribal elders and members for whom he has worked for the last 35 years.

The “Thursdays at the U” weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. Seating is open and reservations are not needed.

Please note: Face masks are required inside all UW-Eau Claire buildings in Eau Claire, Rice Lake and Marshfield.

For more information about the series, call the campus at 715-788-6244 or email Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, the series organizer, at tollefla@uwec.edu.