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Let Me Introduce Myself

My name is Doris Muckenheim. If you’ve shopped at the Wolf Den, called, or ordered online, we’ve probably met, but this is my chance to tell you a bit about myself.

I started at the Wolf Den in 1987 while on a break from McGill University. I was working on a degree in African Studies with thoughts of development work or archaeology in my future. In a twist of fate I ultimately stayed in small town Ontario – Parry Sound – on the shore of beautiful Georgian Bay. I worked in Parry Sound over the years, notably managing the Museum, but always had some connection to the Wolf Den. I now own it and although it might seem my degree went to waste, that’s not the case.

It’s amazing how many different aspects there are to running a business. Customer service, managing staff, controlling inventory, accounting, marketing…the list is endless. I actually enjoy the entire process but my favourite part is connecting with artists and artisans from throughout Canada. I love bringing their work to the store, and telling people about what makes it special. The tradition, the techniques, the cultural influences – it all fascinates me and this is where my education pays off.

I was recently in Manitoba and met some amazing people. Carl Froese in Winnipeg actually brain and smoke tans hides (buffalo, moose, etc) in a Winnipeg workshop. His beautifully tanned hides are transformed into moccasins and bags. He’s working hard to teach young people his craft and is clearly proud of working with women who create such beautiful products from his hides. I also met Cree women in Churchill who sew moccasins and decorate them with incredible beadwork and caribou hair tufting. I get really excited about this stuff!

I love to travel and am working my way through Canada looking for art and craft based on tradition, heritage and culture. My next big trip will be to Yellowknife. I’m really looking forward to meeting some of the Dene ladies who create stunning baskets, moccasins and more.

Stop by the store if you’re in the area, or browse the website. You’ll never know what you might find, and if you have any questions, I’d love to chat!


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  • Eliana Wheeler says:


    Although we have met many, many times it was nice to get to you know you on this page “Let me Introduce Myself”.
    I look forward to seeing you again this summer, browsing your store and of course, bringing my granddaughter in. She loves your store. Eliana Wheeler

    • Doris Muckenheim says:

      Hello Eliana

      It’s good to hear from you – thanks for checking out the new site. I look forward to seeing you and your granddaughter (who obviously has great taste) this summer – my best to Barry as well.

  • Mary Baxter says:

    Hello Doris. Your work sounds fascinating! The items you sell are beautiful. I hope to visit when in Parry Sound. Meanwhile, I will check the online items.

    I have a question.. did the Wolf Den have a location in Square One Shopping Mall in Mississauga back in the 90s? My friends and I are trying to remember a store that sold First Nations Canadian goods. We all loved it and bought many gifts there over the years. It’s long gone and we were trying to remember the name. Someone thought it might have been Wolf Den?

    Do you know by any chance?

    Best regards and continued success

  • Lorrie Runge says:

    Hi Doris
    Paul and I are still enjoying our moccasins…he’s still on his first and I’m working on # three. The first pair is three years old…and I use them for kicking around outside. We have grandson number two about to wear the baby moccs.
    Love your new site. I’m looking for a pair of everyday moccs to wear inside or out.

    • Doris Muckenheim says:

      Hey Lorrie

      Good to hear from you again – we’ll have to actually meet some time! Glad to hear the moccasins are working out – and congratulations on the grandbabies. Let me know what moccasins you’re interested in. Let Paul know I’m covering over the vinyl floor with hardwood – he knows how sad I was to see it. Otherwise the house is is fantastic and I’m doing great. Are you going somewhere warm this winter?

  • Jennifer says:

    Hi Doris,

    I just wanted to let you know how glad I am to read your blog and know the genuine and respectful way in which you run The Wolf Den. My family had a cottage near Parry Sound when I was a child and I was always completely fascinated by your store – my first purchase ever, after years of savings, was made there on a raccoon-tail rabbit-fur hat. I am now (finally) trying to better educate myself on First Nations issues and was so happy to read all the care you’ve taken with providing info on how you supply your store from artists you know personally and so on. Congrats on running a successful business with such integrity in this crazy world! I’ll be back in the area to visit later this month and hope to pop in. All the best 🙂

    • Doris Muckenheim says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks so much for your kind post. It’s always nice to hear that there is appreciation for the fine quality of craftsmanship and artistry found through Canada. I hope you can make back to the store and I look forward to saying HI in person.

  • Colin Loewen says:

    Just received my new moccasins in the mail today! My wife has been bugging me for years that I needed a pair so at 43 years old I caved! They are ridiculously comfortable already and being a fan of leather wear I know age will only add to the comfort. they are obviously very well crafted and I will be referring my family and friends to your website