Ma’aM the Mammoth wins Best Animal |

Ma’aM the Mammoth wins Best Animal

Dear Editor:

Thank you for all your cheers during the 2011 Fourth of July parade in Aspen. Ma’aM is so proud to be the winner in the “Best Animal” category. The mammoth skeleton-shaped vehicle originally created by late Nick DeWolf has passed onto Harvie Branscomb, who managed to “evolve” her (now pedal-powered) together with countless supporters over many years since 2003. She has appeared in numerous events including Telluride Fourth of July parade (Best of Parade Award), Carbondale Energy Extravaganza, and the annual Burning Man.

This was a 100 percent volunteer production. We thank the following:

Builders: Harvie Branscomb, Dave Lofland, Bruce Etkin, Yayoi Wakabayashi, Martin Horowitz, JoLyn Watson

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Participation: George Sparks (president and CEO), Kirk Johnson (vice president collections chief curator), and the Digging Team

Riders/Paraders: Eric Ringsby, Bob Zook, Kendra Lane, Adam Lewis, Chip Comins, Willy, Rep. Roger Wilson, plus all above

Communications: Mark Burrows; Karen and Don Ringsby for connecting us with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Staging Space: Martha and Jim Jim

Long Term Support: Nick (R.I.P.) and Maggie DeWolf

Lastly, we thank ACRA for putting this mammoth event together.

If any of you are interested in future “mammoth” events, please let us know so we can keep you in the loop. Email at

Mammoths rule!

Yayoi Wakabayashi and Harvie Branscomb,

Caretakers of Ma’aM the Mammoth

Missouri Heights

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