Wrap up the true story of an Indian boy, his wolf, and the lessons they learned growing up together on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Depression-era Wisconsin. Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf, a new memoir from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, is a rare American Indian coming-of-age story. Written by 90-year-old Menominee Indian Raymond C. Kaquatosh, this first-person narrative is wise and irreverent, often funny, and deeply moving.
Kaquatosh, who is also known as “Little Hawk,” was the son of a medicine woman. He spent his boyhood immersed in the beauty of the natural world and the traditions of his tribe and family. When he was eight, Kaquatosh’s father died, and the tough times that followed forced “Little Hawk” to attend an Indian boarding school in Keshena. There he experienced isolation and despair, but also comfort and kindness. Upon his return home, Kaquatosh remained a lonely boy in a full house until he met and befriended a timber wolf. The unusual bond they formed would last through both their lifetimes. As Ray grew into a young man, he left the reservation more frequently. Yet whenever he returned – from school and work, from service in the Marines, and finally from postwar Wausau with his future wife – the wolf waited.