There is a story passed down among generations of the Oneida band of Iroquois about a time when their people had inadvertently relocated their village close to a wolf den. Due to the trespass, the wolves responded in kind by stealing meat in the middle of the night and threatening those who they found in the forest alone. The Oneida were faced with a difficult decision. Life could not continue like this with the wolves at their door. Should they kill the wolves? Or, should they relocate the village again?
A council was called together to decide what should be done about the wolves. Almost unanimously it was acknowledged that the problem was not the wolves, but that the tribe had not taken the interest of the wolves into consideration when they decided to move there in the first place. Ultimately it was decided that the village would once again be moved to give the wolves their home back.
The Oneida were a people that refused to attempt try and subdue nature, but instead chose to live with nature and their wild neighbors. Such a trespass onto the wolves’ breeding grounds threatened both the wolves and the tribe – something that they wished never to repeat.
The problem, it was decided, stemmed from the fact that when it came time to deliberate on the location to move the village, there was no one to speak for the wolves interests. They had overlooked the fact that those wild denizens of the forest around them had their own needs, wants, and desires, and that by ignoring this fact, they had jeopardized both the wolves and the tribe. Therefore, it was determined that from here on, there would always be someone who spoke for the interests of the wolves when it came time to make big decisions like this.
Imagine what our society would be like today if we considered the best interest of wolves, or wild horses, or greater sage grouse, or whales, or birds for that matter, when making big decisions. As nature photographers our passion in life is inextricably linked to the consideration and the preservation of wildlife and the wild spaces that they inhabit. We feel that it is our responsibility to speak for the wolves.
Therefore, we have decided to donate a percentage of all profits from the workshops that we offer to conservation initiatives working in the areas that we photograph. From wolves to wild horses, this money will be used to help keep those species and those places wild and free forever.
Below, you will find some of the organizations that we will be working with. . .
Greater Yellowstone Coalition