“More than once, Thomas Peacock’s The Wolf’s Trail, an Ojibwe Story, Told by Wolves, brought warmth to my heart. It is a story of zaagi’idiwin, the story of love – the love of the wolves for each other and their family, the Anishinaabe people. A story of the love the Creator has for what has been created. Peacock says, “Zhi-shay’, the Uncle wolf, ‘wanted to simply talk story’. And talk story he does. In this book, there are teachings within the teachings. It is a story not just for the young but for the old in how to teach and be with the young, while the wolf, in one part of the story, is told to -‘Put his face in front of you, run towards your thoughts.’ This book is a reminder to us to put Ojibwe teachings in front of us and to run towards the teachings.”--Marcie Rendon, author of Girl Gone Missing
“At times moving, at others amusing, and always informative, Thomas Peacock’s The Wolf’s Trail shows us the depth of Ojibwe teachings and the hard truths of Ojibwe experience through the words of a wolf elder as he “talks story” with a set of wolf pups. Through story, he reveals how the pups ought to live in the world, while showing them why the Ojibwe live the way they do. Listen to our wolf brother and learn to live as the Creator intended!”--Carter Meland, author of Stories for a Lost Child
Several days after I took the pups to the place overlooking Spirit Island, Youngest Nephew came to visit one afternoon as I lay sunning. “Zhi-shay’,” he began hesitantly. “I don’t know my life purpose.” “Sure you do,” I replied. “Part of your purpose was determined before you were even born. It’s just not clear to you yet because you are still young.” “When will I know?” he asked. “The Creator made us, you, me, all of us here, your family. It made us for a very special reason.” “So I don’t need to go seek my vision?” he asked. “No,” I said. “Wolves do not need to seek a vision.” “Our purpose and reason for being,” I said, “Is to be wolves.” --- The Wolf’s Trail tells of Zhi-shay’, an elder wolf, and a litter of young wolves living somewhere on the side of a hill overlooking the river that flows through Nagahchiwanong in northern Minnesota. Zhi-shay’, who knows the whole story of the parallel relationship between wolves and the Ojibwe going all the way back to the Beginning, sharing it with his nieces and nephews, and us. Replete with universal lessons, The Wolf’s Trail is the story of the Ojibwe, told by wolves, of what they were and have become, and the promise of their becoming.
Contents Preface Chapter One – The Naming of Aki Chapter Two - Zaagi'idiwin Chapter Three - The Wolf’s Trail Chapter Four - The Camps Chapter Five - Crossing Chapter Six - The Prophets Chapter Seven - The Arrival Chapter Eight - The Boy Chapter Nine - The Place by the River Chapter Ten - Little Girl, Little Boy Chapter Eleven - The Time of the Sixth Fire Chapter Twelve - When We Were Hunted Chapter Thirteen - Little Boy Chapter Fourteen - Youngest Nephew, Little Niece Bibliography About the author