The Wisdom of Wolves - Jim and Jamie Dutcher
Join us in welcoming Jim and Jamie Dutcher, authors of The Wisdom of Wolves, for a multi-media presentation at the Pitkin County Library Community Room.
Empathetic…nurturing… devoted… family oriented…cooperative. These are, likely, not words that come to mind when one thinks of a wolf, but they are precisely the qualities that define one of nature’s most complex creatures, maligned in fairytales and legend yet sharing the exact same DNA as man’s best friend, the dog. In The Wisdom of Wolves, authors Jim and Jamie Dutcher share the knowledge and life lessons they gleaned from wolves during the six years they lived with multiple generations of a wolf pack in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho as well as nearly 30 years of wolf conservation and educational outreach. The trust the Dutchers were able to build with wolves gave them unprecedented access to every aspect of wolf society and allowed them to witness the intimate family-oriented side of wolves never before seen by people. Their book is endorsed by Robert Redford and Jane Goodall, among many other animal behavior experts, biologists and conservationists.
Each chapter highlights a particular message—such as earning trust, the importance of play, respecting the elders, and finding compassion—and features stunning black and white photography of Jim and Jamie’s Sawtooth Pack. The lessons are punctuated by personal stories from within a wolf pack, witnessed firsthand by the Dutchers or retold by trusted wolf observers from Yellowstone and Denali National Parks, that symbolize the ideals of emotional behavior seen in the wolves that also represent the best in human nature.
Intimate photos capturing the Dutchers’ experience with wolves have been featured at the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda in Washington, D.C. as well as at the Field Museum in Chicago. Current photo exhibitions are on display at the Detroit Zoo and at the Aspen, CO airport with additional exhibition plans in other major U.S. cities as well as an upcoming online interactive experience. Jim and Jamie Dutcher donate their proceeds to their non-profit organization, Living with Wolves, which is dedicated to raising awareness about wolves and respect for their importance to the environment.