Posted by ESC on February 03, 2001
In Reply to: Running with Wolves? posted by R. Berg on February 01, 2001
: : I hope this doesn't show up as a reply to an existing message, but this is the only way I could pose my question:
: : Does anyone know the meaning of "running with wolves" - does it relate to "dancing with wolves"?
: My guess is that running with wolves simply means being wild and rowdy or having a group of friends who are. Maybe others can give a better answer. "Dances with Wolves" was the name of a character Kevin Costner played in a film and the title of the film-and I think (having seen just a bit of it on TV) it had the same structure as nicknames like "Drinks Coffee All Day" or "Never Pays the Check." That is, "dances" was a verb. Probably not related.
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There was a book a few years back: "Women Who Run With Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from over twenty years of research that help women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype. The author probably didn't originate the phrase but the book may have a clue to the origin.
And while we're on the subject, there's a blues song that advances the theory that "wild women don't get the blues." Has a nice ring to it.