White Mountain Tribe Offers Wilderness Tours
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
WHITERIVER, Ariz. - Eastern Arizona's White Mountain Apache Tribe will offer week-long eco-tours starting in June, featuring opportunities for people to view wildlife while learning about tribal history and culture.
Howling with the wolves and learning traditional campfire cooking will be included. Tribal biologist Krista Beazley says the tours emphasize an Arizona wilderness experience.
"Wildlife viewing: early mornings, late in the evenings. Do some wolf howlings. We also wanted to incorporate the cultural aspects of the White Mountain Apache Tribe. We have elders come up, tell traditional stories, traditional songs. We also have horseback riding."
Other cultural experiences include a sweat lodge, traditional crafts and survival skills. Beazley says the tour emphasizes the sacred connections that Apaches see among the human soul, the land and all living things - with special reverence for the endangered Mexican gray wolf.
Beazley, who was raised on tribal lands by her grandmother, says elders told her about the cultural connection between wolves and the tribe, and how warriors used to sing wolf songs before battle.
"They highly respected these wolves, in the way they travel and the way they hunted. In the past they used to try to imitate the wolf. And there was even a wolf song. They would sing the wolf songs so they can be like the wolf."
She says proceeds from the wilderness journeys benefit the tribe's wolf-management program, which helps to ease conflicts between the wolves and tribal cattle ranchers, paying for things such as fencing, habitat protection and occasional livestock losses.
Craig Miller, Defenders of Wildlife southwest director, says tribal lands can be a gateway to Mexican wolf recovery in the ongoing federal reintroduction program.
"The tribal lands are situated right between the current Blue Range wolf-recovery area - where wolves live in Arizona and New Mexico - and the future of wolf recovery, which is through the Grand Canyon eco-region."
Details on Apache Wilderness Journeys can be found online at naturalistjourneys.com.
get more stories like this via email
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Climate activists are praising Gov. Gavin Newsom for signing a $15 billion climate action package Thursday, but argued he …
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Some New Yorkers are voicing concerns about the creation of not one, but two draft maps for congressional, State Senate and …
LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan advocates for children and families are praising many of the investments in the 2022 state budget passed this week…
DES MOINES, Iowa -- There is strong public support in Iowa to enact a state law that criminalizes elder abuse, a topic also being discussed by law …
SALT LAKE CITY -- A researcher at the University of Utah said plans for generating renewable energy should include a power source right under our feet…
CHICAGO -- Advocates for immigrants and refugees in Illinois traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to push for a pathway to citizenship for up to …
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas produces more rice than any other state, and a new grant will help farmers explore ways to transition the industry to …
BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota lawmakers in charge of redistricting have approved a preliminary draft of new legislative boundaries, but voters' …