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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Coyote & Braiding Sweetgrass

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Blog, Creating Life Enriching Relationships | Comments Off on Coyote & Braiding Sweetgrass

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BRAIDING SWEETGRASS ~ What does this marvelous book have to do with Coyote?
EVERYTHING!
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a Native American. She is a scientist ~ a botanist. And in this deeply moving book she takes us to a place of belonging … a belonging to the rest of creation. And that belonging takes us to a place of deep respect for all of creation… and a reciprocal responsibility to all of creation. This belonging, this respect guides our perspectives and our behaviors.

She speaks of species loneliness …. “this state of isolation and disconnection, stemmed from estrangement from the rest of creation, from the loss of relationship.” In our society we suffer deeply from species loneliness ….and we don’t even understand this within us.

 Coyote ~ Our Native Wild Dog is the litmus stick …..how we treat them, how we relate to them, is a guide to let us understand our disconnection and estrangement from the wondrous life on our planet.

Coyote will also let us know when we have shed that loneliness….for there are those who already have.

 

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Understanding Coyote Behaviors

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Blog, Creating Life Enriching Relationships | Comments Off on Understanding Coyote Behaviors

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Have you ever had an “encounter” with a Coyote? 

“Encounter”…. what is it? Well, it is often defined as an “unexpected meeting.”  Because people in our culture have little knowledge and experience with Coyotes [or other wildlife for that matter] persons who do unexpectedly meet coyotes most often do not understand a Coyote’s natural behavior, and most often their perspective is the result of fear.

That person misses an opportunity to fully experience the nature of this wild being…and be enriched and delighted by it.

Sharing here two valuable commentaries on Coyote behavior~

http://thefurbearers.com/blog/three-behaviours-people-mistake-aggression-coyotes

http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/encounters-with-coyotes-zbcz-1608.aspx

 

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National Geographic ~ Coyote America

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in "Writings" from the Community, Blog | Comments Off on National Geographic ~ Coyote America

51S-SOpWPML__SX328_BO1,204,203,200_UNDERSTANDING HISTORY ~

How important is it to understand the REAL history of our country?  VASTLY IMPORTANT!

We cannot truly understand the perspectives held in our society today … and the behaviors that result, without understanding the perspectives and actions of those who came before us.

I highly encourage every American to read author Dan Flores’ new book Coyote America: a Natural and Supernatural History.  Most Americans have no idea of the all out war on our native carnivores that has taken place in the last 400 years, and in the West, the last 200 years. But despite the atrocities heaped on our Native Wild Canine ~ Coyote, they have survived!

Dan Flores tells the story of this incredibly successful species that will not allow us to annihilate them. Our continent holds one of Evolution’s Greatest Success Stories ~ Coyote!

Read below article written by National Geographic from a conversation with the author ~

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/coyote-america-dan-flores-history-science/

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Cougar Kittens ~ Coyote Pups

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Blog, Creating Life Enriching Relationships | Comments Off on Cougar Kittens ~ Coyote Pups

photo by Tambako

photo by Tambako

Spring and Summer is a time of birth ~

Rebirth of the wondrous array of plants and trees

Birth of farm animals under our care

Birth of wild ones like Coyotes and Cougars

Life in the wild is never easy and being a wild parent is a challenge to all their survival skills.

Sharing with you here a short film that takes us in to the secret life of a wild mother cougar and her pups. Coyotes parents, like the Cougar mother experience the whole gamut of life and death ~ the intimacy, the play and the loss. Most often we humans never see what the wild parents go through, but our actions can have a powerful effect on their lives … causing life or death. Here is just a small glimpse of their wild world.

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