All across Cascadia: Washington, Oregon, NorCal, Idaho, western Montana, & BC people are in support of the plight of the wolf and the symbology of domination and control that this incredible species begs us to challenge in ourselves. It is rare that media does their job anymore in giving fair time to both sides. As a settler from western Montana, a self-identified Cascadian, I plead to the Boise Weekly to get this message of the wolf and warrior Mato Woksape's struggles out to the public. How can we ever come to unite in this society and world if we are only concerned with representing one side? As an emerging filmmaker and journalist, I must ask how you can consider yourself journalism if you ignore such a dedicated individual taking on such a controversial struggle in this dominant culture? Is journalism not about challenging thought of your constituents? Mato's work is crucial and his courageous work should be made visible.
Just because those of privilege would prefer to keep the wolf persecuted does not mean it just or right. Humanity is moving into an age of reunion; with each other and the natural world we are separate from, and our tolerance of a teacher such as the wolf is going to have to come to the forefront. Only through unity and all voices, human and non-human, being represented will we come to a deeper understanding of where our commonalities and interdependence lie. To only highlight one side of this issue, as is the case in most rural areas where ranchers have the dominant voice, should soon be considered criminal. I think that those that despise the wolf, or those that do not want to co-exist with such a species, should be challenged to look at their own failings to grow and accept this vast realm we must come into alignment with. We are not the only important species and even if one believes in the myth of a Christian God and our right to prosper, how arrogant we are to think that any of God's creatures do not have an equal right to exist and flourish. Those we persecute and fear are probably our biggest teachers we should come to learn from. I can think of no other species that better symbolizes this than the wolf. Please, please, please do not silence this story. Do your job and print this story!
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