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Grey Owl

Books by Grey Owl

The Adventures of Sajo and her Beaver People by Grey Owl [Belaney, Archibald Stansfeld] (1888-1938) Date of first publication: September 1935 Project Gutenberg Canada ebook #417 (Includes a Glossary Of Ojibway words).

Pilgrims of the Wild by Grey Owl [Belaney, Archibald Stansfeld] (1888-1938) Date of first publication: 1934 Project Gutenberg Canada ebook #508

Canadian Encyclopedia

Grey Owl from the Canadian Encyclopedia Almost as soon as the man known as GREY OWL died in a Prince Albert, Sask., hospital on April 13, 1938, his many secrets began to emerge into the open air. That same day, The North Bay Nugget ran a story it had sat on for three years, revealing that the famous Indian naturalist was actually an Englishman named Archie Belaney. And not just any Englishman, it eventually turned out, but a binge-drinking bigamist who had had five "wives." His closest supporters, especially Lovat Dickson, the Canadian-born London publisher who had made Grey Owl a household name in Britain, were devastated. They were desperately worried that all the good Grey Owl had done the cause of conservation would now be interred with his bones. But the twists and turns of Archie Belaney's strange saga by no means ended with his death. More...

CBC:Grey Owl

Grey Owl: trapper, conservationist, author, fraud from the CBC achives. Within 24 hours of Grey Owl's death in 1938, the renowned conservationist was accused of being a fraud. Canadians were stunned to learn that the native Indian, who travelled the world speaking about the wonders of the Canadian wild, was in fact a transplanted Englishman named Archie Belaney. Grey Owl had coloured his skin brown and dyed his hair black and fooled those closest to him, as shown in this CBC Television report. Despite the scandal, Canadians would continue to praise his writing and make pilgrimages to his storied cabin in Prince Albert National Park.

Historica Dominion Foundation

Grey Owl:Historica Minutes from Historica Dominion Foundation. Archibald Belaney perpetrated one of the 20th Century's most convincing hoaxes. Known to the world as "Grey Owl," he convinced everyone that he was a Canadian-born first nations author. In this persona, he became one of Canada's most popular and famous personalities. Lesson plan for secondary school students.

Library and Archives Canada

Grey Owl:Interesting people from the Library and Archives Canada. For years Grey Owl wrote magazine articles and books on wildlife and the preservation of the forest, wild animals and Native culture. He spoke eloquently on their behalf during his numerous lecture tours across North America and Europe. He became a celebrity. For a time Grey Owl worked for the Canadian National Parks Service and helped set up conservation reserves for beaver.

Movie: Grey Owl

Grey Owl 1999 directed by Richard Attenborough The story of the life and work of the Canadian fur trapper turned conservationist who claimed to be a Native American. Archie Grey Owl is a trapper in Canada in the early 1930s when a young Iroquois woman from town asks him to teach her Indian ways. They live in the woods, where she is appalled at how trapped animals die. She adopts two orphaned beaver kits and helps Archie see his way to stop trapping. Instead, he works as a guide, a naturalist writer, and then the Canadian government hires him to save the beaver in a conserve by Lake Ajawaan in Prince Albert National Park. He writes a biography, which brings him attention in Canada and invitations to lecture in England. Before he leaves, he and Anahareo (Pony) marry.

National Film Board of Canada:Grey Owl

Beaver Family by the National Film Board of Canada 1929 14 min 16 sec
A short silent film portraying Grey Owl, the famous conservationist, and a family of beavers who would come when he called and take food from his hand without the slightest fear. The film is set in Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba. The story of Grey Owl's life was the subject of a 1999 feature film starring Pierce Brosnan.

Beaver People by the National Film Board of Canada 1928 13 min
A short silent film about famous conservationist Grey Owl (born Archibald Belaney) and his wife, Angele Egwuna, who had a special talent for interacting with beavers. Note: The beavers in the film may be Grey Owl's pets, Jellyroll and Rawhide.

Parks Canada:Grey Owl

Grey Owl The noted naturalist Grey Owl lived in Prince Albert National Park of Canada, Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan during the 1930's and worked for the Dominion Park Service. Through his writing, films and lecture tours he drew the world's attention to the need for conservation. His real name was Archibald Stansfeld Belaney and he was actually of English decent.


Bibliography from the National Library of Canada.