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In Honor of Dahlov Ipcar

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Maine Artists Expressions of Coyote | Comments Off on In Honor of Dahlov Ipcar

 

Dahlov Ipcar
“Coyote Greeting”
Oil on Linen 22″ X 34″
2012

I feel that it is up to the artists of the present to reveal new ways of seeing the world
and to create new worlds never before seen.”    Dahlov Ipcar

Dahlov Ipcar, Beloved Maine artist, passed away on February 10, 2017 at 99 years of age. She was still painting on the morning of her death.  As a biologist I had the immense pleasure and honor of knowing her.

In 2012, I visited her in her studio in Georgetown, Maine. She was 95 years old at the time.  Her son Bob, encouraged me not to stay too long so as not to tire her. So after an hour I was going to leave, but she wanted me to stay and keep chatting. Such a gracious and warm woman.

The reason for my visit ~ I was going to cautiously ask her if she would like to participate in our I Am Coyote art exhibition in the Fall. Well….. the following is a quote from her describing where she went from there. (At the exhibition, each artist was asked to just make comment about their art piece…not to explain it…this was hers)

When I was first asked to paint something for the Coyote Art Show I was reluctant — not liking to work “to order” — and I put it out of my mind; but a few weeks later I awoke from a nap with the complete picture in my mind.  I made a small “thumbnail sketch” of my idea so I wouldn’t forget it. Then two days later Geri Vistein phoned me, and that clinched it. In some strange mystical way it seemed preordained, and so here it is as I dreamed it.”

And so you see above the art piece she created ….. honoring Coyote!

 

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Beatrix Potter & Carnivores

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Historical Perspective | Comments Off on Beatrix Potter & Carnivores

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Beatrix Potter, the famous author of small picture books for children, was born in England in the second half of the nineteenth century. All her books were about animals, many of whom she personally experienced in her life. She cared about the lives of animals, as well as the natural landscape. In her adult life she bought over 4,000 acres in order to protect them from development.

Though she was a woman way ahead of her time, and a woman to be admired, she was also a woman who was a product of her time….I should say, a product of the larger consciousness of her time. How so? If you go back and read all her delightful stories of the bunnies and the mice and the piggies, she portrays them as she has said in her own words as the well-behaved ones.

But…. she wrote one book titled The Tale of Mr. Todd. This story is about a fox and a badger. She introduces this one book by writing “I have made many books about well-behaved people. Now, for a change, I am going to make a story about two disagreeable people.” And it just so happens that thesetwo disagreeable people” are both carnivores.

The consciousness toward carnivores that we hold within ourselves as a society today has been in in our societal consciousness for a long time.

AND WE JUST KEEP PASSING IT ON FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT.

Until …. we make a shift…a leap…. and re-create our consciousness toward wild carnivores. As long as we see them as the DISAGREEABLE PEOPLE, we will continue to act toward them accordingly.

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Coyote ~ A New Year’s Insight

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Blog, Creating Life Enriching Relationships | Comments Off on Coyote ~ A New Year’s Insight

graymatter2013-2                        MAY THIS NEW YEAR

bring our humanity New Insights into the world of our fellow travelers on this planet Earth….

Sharing here with you the words of esteemed ecologist George Schaller, writing of his experiences while researching Mountain Gorillas.

THE SAME HOLDS FOR COYOTES ~

Only by looking at gorillas [coyotes] as living, feeling beings was I able to enter into the life of the group with comprehension, instead of remaining an ignorant spectator.”

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Importance of Habitat in Predator Prey Relations

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Blog, Coyote and Ecosystem Health | Comments Off on Importance of Habitat in Predator Prey Relations

shreve-stockton  photo by Shreve Stockton

                                                           HABITAT – HABITAT – HABITAT

There is ever increasing research pointing out that habitat can greatly affect the relationship between predators and their prey. When we change the landscape by logging  or development or building roads….and so many other ways, the relationship of our wild species can be affected, and many times, very seriously. Below is an article about pheasant hunting…hunters are seeing for themselves that protecting habitat, not killing carnivores, is the best way to support the presence of the species they wish to hunt.

https://www.pheasantsforever.org/Habitat/Why-Habitat/Pheasant-Facts/Effects-of-Predators.aspx

 

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The Voice of the Coyote

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in "Writings" from the Community, Blog | Comments Off on The Voice of the Coyote

photo by Dave Conlin

photo by Dave Conlin

All of the ecological, biological, and other logical studies that public bureaus and private enterprise may forward, still will not bring “those authentic tidings of invisible things” that the lifted voice of the coyote brings in early evening while lighening bugs soften the darkness under the trees, or the voice of some other belonger to the rhythms of the earth brings in a simple tale of brother coyote.”  The Voice of the Coyote  by Frank Dobie

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Coyote and our Children

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016 in Blog, Creating Life Enriching Relationships | Comments Off on Coyote and our Children

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This little girl’s name is Willow, and you see her right after she had the opportunity to enjoy our Coyote and the Boy Ben puppet show. The story of a mother Coyote, her pup and the boy Ben is accompanied by the magical, original music of Maine musician, Elizabeth Starr. and the characters created by Maine artists Melissa Glendinning.

Willow is embracing the marionette of the mother Coyote [note the strings holding her up], but she knows she is not embracing a real Coyote. What she is embracing ~ is her new found connection with a wild being.

I think Loren Eisely in his book The Immense Journey expresses fully what this child is experiencing:
It finally comes to me that this is the most enormous extension of vision of which life is capable ~ the projection of self into other livesIt is far more than any spatial adventure, the supreme epitome of reaching out.”

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Coyote in the City

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in "Writings" from the Community, Blog | Comments Off on Coyote in the City

 

photo by George Gove

photo by George Gove

I am Coyote in the City

Tryin to adapt, to survive

I am a fish out of the water

Tryin to breathe, and to thrive.

 

And you think

I don’t belong in your world

But I’m your sister, your brother

Hunted down by your guards

Armed with guns, with sedation

That will close my golden eyes

 

You try to silence my howling

My prowling,

My seeking,

My gasping

Until I finally curl

Into a ball

And I die

(Refrain)

But the echo will remain

Hear my voice from the mountain

Hear my cry from the plain

And it echoes from the canyons

 

In the rivers,

In the rain

 

And you think

I don’t belong in your world

But I’ll stay just the same

I will breathe

I‘ll survive

I will sing

I will thrive

Be your sister

Your brother

Love you like no other

You won’t silence my howling

My prowling,

My seeking,

My gasping

The echo of my voice

Will remain

 

(Refrain)

And the echo will remain

Hear my voice from the mountain

Hear my cry from the plain

And it echoes from the canyons

In the rivers,

In the rain

3/26/2010 © Ginny Freeman

Copying permission to Geri Vistein


 

 

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