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Pilgrims of the Wild

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Title:Pilgrims of the Wild
Belaney, Archibald Stansfeld  Writing under the pseudonym: Wa-sha-quon-asin (Grey Owl)   
(3 of 3 for author by title)
The Men of the Last Frontier
Eayrs, Hugh Smithurst   
(2 of 2 for author by title)
The Amateur Diplomat: A Novel
Pelletier, Eugene   
Published:   1934
Publisher:Lovat Dickson & Thompson Limited
Tags:Canada, Canadiana, history, non-fiction, wilderness, environment

First published in 1935, Pilgrims of the Wild is Grey Owl’s autobiographical account of his transition from successful trapper to preservationist. With his Iroquois wife, Anahereo, Grey Owl set out to protect the environment and the endangered beaver. Powerful in its simplicity, Pilgrims of the Wild tells the story of Grey Owl’s life of happy cohabitation with the wild creatures of nature and the healing powers of what he referred to as "the great Northland" of "Over the Hills and Far Away."

A bestseller at the time, Pilgrims of the Wild helped establish Grey Owl’s international reputation as a conservationist. His legacy of warnings against the degradations of nature and the dangers of industry live on, despite the posthumous revelation that he wasn’t, in fact, the First Nations man he claimed to be.--goodreads.com [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Belaney, Archibald Stansfeld

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Grey Owl (or Wa-sha-quon-asin, from the Ojibwe wenjiganooshiinh, meaning "great horned owl" or "great grey owl") was the name Archibald Belaney (September 18, 1888 – April 13, 1938) chose for himself when he took on a First Nations identity as an adult. Born in England as Archibald Stansfeld Belaney, and migrating to Canada in the first decade of the 20th century, he rose to prominence as a notable author, lecturer, and one of the "most effective apostles of the wilderness". In his studies of the Ojibwe, Belaney learned some native harvesting techniques and trapping skills. The pivotal moment of departure for Grey Owl's early conservation work was when he began his relationship with a young Iroquois girl named Gertrude Bernard, who assisted in his transition from trapper to conservationist.

In working with the National Parks Branch, Grey Owl gained recognition and fame in his early career as a conservationist, becoming the subject of many films, and being established as the “‘caretaker of park animals’ at Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba” in 1931. Together with his numerous articles, books, films and lectures, his views on conservation reached audiences beyond the borders of Canada, challenging people to re-evaluate their relationship with nature. His conservation views largely focused on humans' negative impact on nature through their commodification of nature's resources for profits, and a need for humans to develop a respect for the natural world.--Wikipedia.

Author Bio for Eayrs, Hugh Smithurst

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Hugh Smithurst Eayrs (1894-1940) was a Canadian businessman and author. Born in Leeds, England, he came to Canada in 1912. He gained employment at the MacMillan publishing house and rose in the ranks to become president in 1921. He did much to promote the production of Canadian literature before his death in 1940. He authored two books, one jointly with Thomas B. Costain. (Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography)

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