Several days after I took the pups to the place overlooking Spirit Island, Youngest Nephew came to visit one afternoon as I lay sunning. "Zhi-shay'," he began hesitantly. "I don't know my life purpose." "Sure you do," I replied. "Part of your purpose was determined before you were even born. It's just not clear to you yet because you are still young." "When will I know?" he asked. "The Creator made us, you, me, all of us here, your family. It made us for a very special reason." "So I don't need to go seek my vision?" he asked. "No," I said. "Wolves do not need to seek a vision." "Our purpose and reason for being," I said, "Is to be wolves." --- The Wolf's Trail tells of Zhi-shay', an elder wolf, and a litter of young wolves living somewhere on the side of a hill overlooking the river that flows through Nagahchiwanong in northern Minnesota. Zhi-shay', who knows the whole story of the parallel relationship between wolves and the Ojibwe going all the way back to the Beginning, sharing it with his nieces and nephews, and us. Replete with universal lessons, The Wolf's Trail is the story of the Ojibwe, told by wolves, of what they were and have become, and the promise of their becoming.
About the Author
Thomas D. Peacock was born in Cloquet, Minnesota (US) in 1951. Several of his books have won awards, including: Ojibwe Waasa Inaabida (Minnesota Book Award), The Good Path (Minnesota Book Award), The Seventh Generation (Children's Multicultural Book Award - National Assn. Multicultural Education). He has co-authored several other books, including: Collected Wisdom (with Linda Miller Cleary), The Seventh Generation (with Amy Bergstrom and Linda Miller Cleary), and edited another, A Forever Story: The People and History of the Fond du Lac Reservation; To Be Free (on racism, intended for middle and high schoolers from Afton Press) was released in 2010. The Tao of Nookomis (North Star Press) was released in 2016 and won Honorable Mention at the NE Minnesota Book Awards. Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Mannypenny was published in Fall, 2018 by Holy Cow! Press. The Forever Sky, an illustrated children's book, was released in 2019 by Minnesota Historical Society Press. Forever Sky was given a prestigious Kirkus star review. His latest book is The Dancers, published by KDP. He is co-owner with his wife Elizabeth Albert Peacock, of Black Bears and Blueberries Publishing, specializing in Native children's books written by Native authors and using Native illustrators.