New York State Fair Wolves

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On the one hand the show at the New York State Fair was kitschy. Lots of eco New Age Native American spirituality cued by haunting flute tones. On the other hand, the show represents important educational work, especially for an upstate crowd about wolves and habitat. Brought in from a preserve in South Carolina, the animals are beautiful.  For a buck, you get to see them up close and personal. In addition to the predator birds exhibition and the bears near Kiddy Land, a little “bit” of wilderness is introduced into the Fair, alongside machines, domestic livestock, fried food and meat, and human spectacle. They really do lope, in long fluid strides.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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