La Loba Speaks for Wolf
La Loba’s message is an ancient one – she is a woman whose heart is with the creatures of wilderness. In this new rendering of her character, La Loba finds her true path in various encounters with animals and with La Calavera Catrina, the quintessential icon from the Mexican Day of the Dead.
Originally inspired by the plight of Mexican wolves, one of the world’s most endangered species, Susan Taylor has written a new chapter to celebrate them, and through them, to summon up the magical presence of La Loba – a woman whose calling is to put right the wrongs that have been done to wild creatures and wild places.
Nature has a way of healing itself… and La Loba’s powers tap into the ever-present force for good in the living world. She is a collector of bones, a being occupying the liminal space between human and animal. When she has collected all the pieces of a skeleton, she sings flesh back onto the bones and calls spirit to return to the body. She is no less than a re-maker of things lost.
This rousing narrative is animated with drum, chant and, on occasion, a filmed backdrop of shadow puppet wolves.
"Where is she present? Where can you feel her, where can you find her? She walks the deserts, woods, oceans, cities, in the barrios and in castles. She lives among queens, among campesinas, in the boardroom, in the factory, in the prison, in the mountain of solitude."
Clarissa Pinkola Estes