Historian presents ‘Wisdom of Wolf Killer’ at Edge of the Cedars
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Historian Harvey Leake will discuss the "remarkable life story" of Navajo herdsman Wolf Killer. 												     Courtesy photo
Historian Harvey Leake will discuss the "remarkable life story" of Navajo herdsman Wolf Killer. Courtesy photo
Edge of the Cedars State Park will host its final summer lecture on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. in Blanding.

Harvey Leake will present, “The Wisdom of Wolf Killer: A Nineteenth Century Navajo Shepard and Sage.”

“Wolf Killer is the remarkable life story of a Navajo herdsman and plant-gatherer who lived in the Monument Valley region of Navajo country, along the Utah/Arizona border, from about 1855 until 1926. Raised by his grandfather and mother, Wolf Killer learned the ancient wisdom of his people. He grew up seeing the beauty in nature and discovering how to face the wind, storms, cold and even death with optimism and courage,” according to a statement from Edge of the Cedars. “Through his embrace of the natural world, he developed both a rare depth of character and an understanding of human relations that guided him through times of adversity. Wolf Killer’s story was recorded and translated by pioneer trader Louisa Wade Wetherill, who met him after moving to his community in the early 20th century.”

Leake began researching the history of the Four Corners country more than 25 years ago, focusing on the explorations and activities of the Wetherill family from whom he is descended.

His investigations have taken him into many of the Colorado Plateau’s remote canyons, as well as into archives, libraries and family historical collections. Leake, the great-grandson of John and Louisa Wethrill, compiled his notes into the book, “The Wisdom of Wolf Killer: A Nineteenth Century Navajo Shepard and Sage” published in 2007 by Gibbs Smith.

For information call (435) 678-2238. Edge of the Cedars is located at 660 W. 400 N., Blanding.

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