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Michael B. RunningWolf

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Background

Employment History

  • Cultural Coordinator for Social Services and Family Preservation Program
    Isleta Pueblo
  • Park Manager and Ranger
    Manzano Mountains State Park
  • Political Cartoonist
    Central Maine Indian Digest
  • Deputy Sheriff
    Valencia
  • Political Cartoonist
    Wabanaki Alliance
  • Special Deputy and Tracker
    Valencia County
  • Deputy Sheriff
    Valencia County

Education

  • DD
Web References
RunningWolf
www.soquilicenter.org, 14 April 2006 [cached]
Michael B RunningWolf, DD, M'tou'lin
...
Sharing authentic Northeast Algonquin stories while dressed in traditional clothing and accoutrement, RunningWolf uses Native sign-language to compliment both pre-contact and post-contact stories from his People.
From October, 1979 to February, 1981, RunningWolf was the Political Cartoonist for the Wabanaki Alliance and Central Maine Indian Digest, Orono, Maine during the Indian Land Claims in the State of Maine.
From November, 1984 to December, 1987, RunningWolf taught "Primitive Survival Skills", and, "Herbs as Medicine and Food" at the University of New Mexico, Valencia and Los Alamos Campuses.
From May, 1986 to December of 1987, RunningWolf participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities programs through the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, as a Native American Storyteller.
RunningWolf has been both a Webloes Leader and an Asst. Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts of America and has assisted and advised both Boy and Girl Scouts in their Nature and Environment activities, as well as Indian Lore and Crafts.
RunningWolf was the First Interpretive Ranger for the State of New Mexico State Parks Division where he did Traditional Storytelling, set up Nature Displays and Nature Walks, and organized Living History Events.Michael also held the position of Park Manager and Ranger at Manzano Mountains State Park in Manzano, NM.
Michael RunningWolf has also been a Deputy Sheriff and Tracker for both Valencia and Torrance Counties, NM, and has worked as Cultural Coordinator for Isleta Pueblo's Social Services/ Family Preservation Program, helping Tribal Families in Tribal Court, Family Services, Housing, and outdoor activities.
Michael RunningWolf is a M'tou'lin, a Ceremonial and Spiritual Leader, or, "medicine man" -(a word we don't necessarily like, since we have our own, more descriptive and specific terms).Michael was brought up in the Traditions of his People--the "Old Ways", and trained in the Wabanaki traditions and ceremonies of the Medicine Ways at a young age by Senobi and Grandmother Madasin, (Penobscot), of Indian Island, Maine, where he worked also on the manuscripts and illustrations for On the Trail of Elder Brother.
Michael speaks French, Spanish, Latin, several dialects of Algonquin, and has a rather excellent working knowledge of English!If I can say anything personally about "Wolf", it is that he truly lives his Ways; he is, indeed, a Man who 'walks his talk'.
Here, Michael officiates and co-officiates Ceremony, Teaches our workshops and retreats, does Storytelling and drumming, all in the Traditions of the Eastern and Northeastern Woodland Peoples.
Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon Online
www.hesperianbeacon.com, 5 Oct 2006 [cached]
Michael RunningWolf Uses "Story Telling" to teach his Micmac Heritage
MICHAEL RUNNINGWOLF
...
His education, his life experiences, his ancestry, and his charismatic speaking ability all come together to make Michael RunningWolf an engaging and entertaining story teller.
Part of the Micmac Tribe, the northeastern most tribe of the Algonquin, RunningWolf grew up in Maine and in New Brunswick, Canada. He is a direct descendant of Beminuit, the Grand Chief of the Micmac Nation.
RunningWolf moved to Floydada one month ago at the urging of his friend, Barry Hale, of Floydada.
...
RunningWolf is glad he made the move. He says he enjoys sitting on his porch, smoking his pipe, playing his wooden carved flute, and listening to children play.
RunningWolf is a co-author of the book, "On the Trail of Elder Brother". He is also the illustrator of the book. The book can be found at the Floyd County Library in Floydada.
Soon he will have two more published books--"Wabanaki Tales of Giants, Cannibals, Warriors and Spirits" , and "Woodland Stories of How and Why". RunningWolf is currently working on the illustrations for these books also.
"'On the Trail of Elder Brother' contains traditional culture stories," said RunningWolf.
"I learned my story telling from under the kitchen table. Relatives would gather to tell their stories and I would sit quietly under the table and listen. If I was quiet and still I wouldn't be sent to bed."
RunningWolf says Micmac history is passed down orally, with pictographs, on animal hides, pecked out on stone, in birch bark, and in effigy mounds.
Effigy mounds have consumed a lot of RunningWolfs time and energy lately.
Recently he traveled to North Carolina to offer his expertise in finding and proving the existence of effigy mounds.
"Effigy mounds are man made animal shaped mounds that can be seen from space," said RunningWolf.
...
"I've had 5 heart attacks in the last 9 months," said RunningWolf. "My race has very thick blood because of the cold country we live in. Down here that is detrimental. The doctors have put in a stint and are also giving me medication to thin my blood. It seems to be helping."
RunningWolf is very proud of his Micmac heritage and enjoys telling the stories he learned growing up.
"We were the ones who fought the Vikings when they first arrived in the year 900," said RunningWolf.
...
RunningWolf says that five of his ancestors have their signatures on the April 1776 Watertown Treaty between Washington and the Wabanaki Confederacy. The Watertown Treaty was the only treaty ever signed by the Wabanaki.
"This treaty was signed before the Declaration of Independence," said RunningWolf. "Washington was getting his plans made and his allies lined up before the Colonies declared their Independence."
The eldest of 8 children (4 sisters and 3 brothers), RunningWolf's father was in the military. RunningWolf was born in a military hospital and raised on both sides of the Canadian/U.S. border.
He graduated Northview High in California and then at the request of his mother he attended the Full Gospel Bible Institute and received his Divinity Doctorate.
"I was taught by Jesuit Priests," said RunningWolf.
...
In the late 70's, RunningWolf was a firefighter/smoke jumper.
"I would jump out of airplanes with gasoline, oil, and kerosene to fight fires. After 37 jumps my parachute got hung up in a tree and I broke my back. I hung there for several hours watching the fire get closer, before help was able to arrive."
RunningWolf has also expressed his opinions through political cartoons and volunteered his time as a Boy Scout Ass't. Scout Master and Webeloe leader.
He has worked as a Deputy Sheriff in Torrance County, NM., and as a special Deputy/Tracker for Valencia County.
He has taught courses in survival training, Herbs as Medicine and Food, and History and Culture Through Oral Tradition at the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus.
...
"It's not worth mentioning," said RunningWolf--but I had a small stand-in part in the movie 'Little Big Man'. I was one of three Indians on horses--standing in a stream with the village in the background. I had half of my face painted white and the other half painted black."
RunningWolf said he was asked advice on the proper way to speak the Indian dialect in the movie, but "nobody paid attention to what I said."
When asked about his feelings about the portrayal of Indians in movies, RunningWolf smiles and says that it seems more attention is now being paid to detail and accuracy.
...
"The Indians portrayed in Disney movie, 'Squanto's Tale' were also of the Micmac tribe," said RunningWolf.
The contacts RunningWolf has made over the years has helped him in projects he has helped bring about--such as, "Geronimo Days" in Truth or Consequences, as well as "Billy the Kid" days in Fort Sumner.
Floyd County residents will be able to experience some of RunningWolf's story telling on Punkin Day, October 14 in Floydada. He is scheduled to entertain under the Pavilion from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m.
...
I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know a new resident of Floydada--Michael RunningWolf. He is from the Micmac tribe.
...
I had referred to Michael as an "Indian" and he thought I was supposed to say, "Native American".
When I asked Michael if I was still allowed to say "Indian" he smiled and said that I could.
What fun he is to sit and talk with.
Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon Online
www.hesperianbeacon.com, 16 May 2005 [cached]
Michael RunningWolf Uses "Story Telling" to teach his Micmac Heritage
MICHAEL RUNNINGWOLF
...
His education, his life experiences, his ancestry, and his charismatic speaking ability all come together to make Michael RunningWolf an engaging and entertaining story teller.
Part of the Micmac Tribe, the northeastern most tribe of the Algonquin, RunningWolf grew up in Maine and in New Brunswick, Canada.He is a direct descendant of Beminuit, the Grand Chief of the Micmac Nation.
RunningWolf moved to Floydada one month ago at the urging of his friend, Barry Hale, of Floydada.
...
RunningWolf is glad he made the move.He says he enjoys sitting on his porch, smoking his pipe, playing his wooden carved flute, and listening to children play.
RunningWolf is a co-author of the book, "On the Trail of Elder Brother".He is also the illustrator of the book.The book can be found at the Floyd County Library in Floydada.
Soon he will have two more published books--"Wabanaki Tales of Giants, Cannibals, Warriors and Spirits" , and "Woodland Stories of How and Why".RunningWolf is currently working on the illustrations for these books also.
"'On the Trail of Elder Brother' contains traditional culture stories," said RunningWolf.
"I learned my story telling from under the kitchen table.Relatives would gather to tell their stories and I would sit quietly under the table and listen.If I was quiet and still I wouldn't be sent to bed."
RunningWolf says Micmac history is passed down orally, with pictographs, on animal hides, pecked out on stone, in birch bark, and in effigy mounds.
Effigy mounds have consumed a lot of RunningWolfs time and energy lately.
Recently he traveled to North Carolina to offer his expertise in finding and proving the existence of effigy mounds.
"Effigy mounds are man made animal shaped mounds that can be seen from space," said RunningWolf.
...
"I've had 5 heart attacks in the last 9 months," said RunningWolf."My race has very thick blood because of the cold country we live in.Down here that is detrimental.The doctors have put in a stint and are also giving me medication to thin my blood.It seems to be helping."
RunningWolf is very proud of his Micmac heritage and enjoys telling the stories he learned growing up.
"We were the ones who fought the Vikings when they first arrived in the year 900," said RunningWolf.
...
RunningWolf says that five of his ancestors have their signatures on the April 1776 Watertown Treaty between Washington and the Wabanaki Confederacy.The Watertown Treaty was the only treaty ever signed by the Wabanaki.
"This treaty was signed before the Declaration of Independence," said RunningWolf."Washington was getting his plans made and his allies lined up before the Colonies declared their Independence."
The eldest of 8 children (4 sisters and 3 brothers), RunningWolf's father was in the military.RunningWolf was born in a military hospital and raised on both sides of the Canadian/U.S. border.
He graduated Northview High in California and then at the request of his mother he attended the Full Gospel Bible Institute and received his Divinity Doctorate.
"I was taught by Jesuit Priests," said RunningWolf.
...
In the late 70's, RunningWolf was a firefighter/smoke jumper.
"I would jump out of airplanes with gasoline, oil, and kerosene to fight fires.After 37 jumps my parachute got hung up in a tree and I broke my back.I hung there for several hours watching the fire get closer, before help was able to arrive."
RunningWolf has also expressed his opinions through political cartoons and volunteered his time as a Boy Scout Ass't.Scout Master and Webeloe leader.
He has worked as a Deputy Sheriff in Torrance County, NM., and as a special Deputy/Tracker for Valencia County.
He has taught courses in survival training, Herbs as Medicine and Food, and History and Culture Through Oral Tradition at the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus.
His expertise in many languages has landed him jobs with the New Mexico Parks Division as an interpreter.And his knowledge of Indian culture has proved valuable as a research consultant in translating native pictures and petroglyphs for the University of Arizona.
He has made many contacts over the years in his work and has been a consultant for movie and T.V. productions.
"It's not worth mentioning," said RunningWolf--but I had a small stand-in part in the movie 'Little Big Man'.I was one of three Indians on horses--standing in a stream with the village in the background.I had half of my face painted white and the other half painted black."
RunningWolf said he was asked advice on the proper way to speak the Indian dialect in the movie, but "nobody paid attention to what I said."
When asked about his feelings about the portrayal of Indians in movies, RunningWolf smiles and says that it seems more attention is now being paid to detail and accuracy.
In his opinion the movie, "The Last of the Mohicans" was the best as far as historical accuracy.
...
"The Indians portrayed in Disney movie, 'Squanto's Tale' were also of the Micmac tribe," said RunningWolf.
The contacts RunningWolf has made over the years has helped him in projects he has helped bring about--such as, "Geronimo Days" in Truth or Consequences, as well as "Billy the Kid" days in Fort Sumner.
Floyd County residents will be able to experience some of RunningWolf's story telling on Punkin Day, October 14 in Floydada.He is scheduled to entertain under the Pavilion from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m.
...
I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know a new resident of Floydada--Michael RunningWolf.He is from the Micmac tribe.
...
I had referred to Michael as an "Indian" and he thought I was supposed to say, "Native American".
When I asked Michael if I was still allowed to say "Indian" he smiled and said that I could.
What fun he is to sit and talk with.
MICHAEL ...
www.hesperianbeacon.com, 21 May 2009 [cached]
MICHAEL RUNNINGWOLF
...
Michael Runningwolf of Floydada was found guilty by a Floyd County jury in County Court Tuesday, May 12 for simulating legal process, a Class A misdemeanor.
Also known as Michelangelo Giovanni Benete, Runningwolf pleaded not guilty to the charge, a charge which held penalties of up to a year in a county jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
...
Runningwolf was found guilty by the jury of the March 24, 2008, event and assessed punishment of a year in county jail and a $4,000 fine, the maximum penalty. He is currently being held at Hale County Jail in Plainview.
He did not file for a motion for probation as Texas law states the defendant must file before the trial begins and must in a written sworn motion say he has not been convicted of a felony in any state.
Michael RunningWolf, a direct ...
www.hesperianbeacon.com, 19 April 2007 [cached]
Michael RunningWolf, a direct descendent of Beminuit, the Grand Chief of the Micmac (Indian) Nation was the guest speaker for the banquet. RunningWolf entertained the crowd with story telling from his youth concerning where the first animals of the forest came from.
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