Our story begins with Stalking Wolf.
He was raised free of the reservations in the mountains of northern Mexico. Born in the 1870’s during a time of great warfare and violence, he was part of a band of Lipan Apache that never surrendered. He was taught the traditional ways of his people and excelled as a healer and a scout.
When he was twenty, a vision sent him away from his people, and for the next sixty-three years, he wandered the Americas seeking teachers and learning the old ways of many native peoples. Stalking Wolf traveled the height and breadth of the Americas, living on his own as a free man. He never held a job, drove a car, paid taxes, or participated in modern society.
When he was eighty-three years old, he encountered a small boy gathering fossils in a stream bed. He recognized that boy as the person he would spend his final years with, teaching the small boy all that he knew. That boy was Tom Brown, Jr.
Tom became the recipient of not only all that Stalking Wolf had learned during his travels, but the distillation of hundreds of years of Apache culture as well. These teachings are what Tom teaches at his famous Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School.
Painting by Perrin Hendrick
To learn more about Grandfather, you may read the amazing story of his life in the biographical book, “Grandfather”, by Tom Brown, Jr.