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Harvey Leake: The Wisdom of Wolfkiller


Join us as Harvey Leake presents our final installment in this year’s Four Corners Lecture Series, “The Wisdom of Wolf Killer: A Nineteenth Century Navajo Shepard and Sage” at the Edge of the Cedar State Park Museum on Saturday August 25 at 2:00 PM.


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. 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 twentieth century.


Harvey Leake began researching the history of the Four Corners Country more than twenty five years ago, focusing on the explorations and activities 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 her 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 State Park Museum, 660 W 400 N Blanding, UT 84511

Edge of the Cedars State Park
600 W 400 N
Blanding, UT 84511

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