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Follow up to 24th Annual American Indian Film Festival held in San Francisco, California USA 1999. Best Actress Award went to Annie Galipeau, for her role as Anahareo. Lord Attenborough won as best director for Grey Owl Movie. Good news for many reasons: foremost being, this was a compliment and appreciation, by First Nations People for a realistic and respectful treatment of things the way they were at that time and place. Attenborough's insistence upon reality and authenticity was acknowledged. Congratulations!


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Where can I find copies of the books that he wrote


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Joy! My mother's school photo taken in 1937 with her classmates and teachers in Biscotasing, Ontario has been documented in the 1972 CBC documentary on Grey Owl. Thanks to the generosity of a new friend, I was sent this video to view. We were in awe when we saw it as a still photograph from Bisco. I shared this information with the person who mailed me that tape. I received a reply from Mrs. Betty Taylor who informed me that the Hastings Grey Owl Society would be please to have a copy of that photograph for their archives. So I mailed her an 8x10 copy of it. She told me it will be included in their next Bulletin under "Donations to the Society." We are so thrilled about this. Carol in Canada


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Former Curator of Hastings Musuem. Interested in museum representation of Grey Owl.


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Superbly informative web site - the best on Grey Owl I found in an evening of searching.


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Albeit the third viewing, seeing the Grey Owl movie at the 24th annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco was a thrill and quite emotional. To date no American distributor has purchased the rights for showing the movie to an American audience; however, the more sensitve, not for profit motivated peoples of the First Nations again demonstrated their resolve to honor those that tell the truth and truly love planet earth and the 'creator' who made it all posssible. Thanks to the film festival committee. Rich


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Albeit the third viewing, seeing the Grey Owl movie at the 24th annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco was a thrill and quite emotional. To date no American distributor has purchased the rights for showing the movie to an American audience; however, the more sensitve, not for profit motivated peoples of the First Nations again demonstrated their resolve to honor those that tell the truth and truly love planet earth and the 'creator' who made it all posssible. Thanks to the film festival committee. Rich


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Enjoyed site


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I'm doing a thing on Grey Owl,for school, and this was very helpful, thanks


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Mr. Gralewski; I have not read Armand Ruffo's book yet but I will look forward to seeing that photo of Jane Espaniel with Grey Owl at the Bisco station. I thank you for the fax no. for Donald B. Smith. I would like to share this photo with any interested organizations related to Grey Owl. This photo is a part of Grey Owl's history and I have not seen it in anything I've come across so far written by Grey Owl, or Ananhareo or about them. My mom, her sister and brother were born in Bisco. My mom the youngest at the time was 7 years old, her brother 8 and her sister 10. My aunt is coming for a visit tomorrow. I have so many questions for her. I just love to listen to my mom's stories of her life in their log cabin her father built in Bisco and look at all the old photos. Her father was a trapper and ranger also and knew Grey Owl as did her grandfather. Grey Owl and Anahareo's stories sound so much like my mother's about the hardships and simple pleasures of that era. I've been looking to buy a copy of Anahareo's book "Devil in Deeskins but I can't seem to find a copy. The bookstores don't have any record of it and told me it must be out of print. Can you help me. I'd like to add it to my Grey Owl book collection. Thank you very much for your time. If you send me your address I will forward you a copy of this photo with explanation of names etc. Carol from Canada


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Iwrote Dr.Taylor to tell him about this photo I have with my mom and Grey Owl in 1937 when he was in Biscotasing, Ontario. I wondered if the society or museum had this photo in their collection of Grey Owl and Yvonne Perrier standing behind the Indian and white students. If you are interested in a copy, please let me know. I haven't heard anything from Dr. Colin Taylor. Perhaps someone has an e-mail address for him so I can get in touch that way. Thank you. Carol (from Canada)


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I have a photo of my mom with Grey Owl when he visited her school in Biscotasing, Ontario in 1937. She was 7 yrs. old. In all I've read I've not seen this photo from Bisco. Would the Grey Owl society like a copy of it.


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Thank you for this site! I've been following the Grey Owl saga since 1970. I publish a journal which has article on Grey Owl in current issue. Provide me your address and I will mail you a copy. Thanks again! Cheers! Major Benton 3031 Cardinal Lane Marion, VA 24354, USA majorsigns@aol.com


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please would any other kindly visitor let me know where i can get any of Grey Owls books to read/loan.many thanks.


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fasinating man


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Great site. I am doing a research paper for my college class on grey owl and what he did for Conservation. As I have spent many summers in Waskisu, and an quite interested in Grey Owl. What would be the best book, that i could pick up about him and conservation? Please email me at ameshoseking@hotmail.com


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Please keep us informed with interesting facts such as these. Thanks.


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Can someone tell me how one joins the Grey Owl Society?

Many thanks,

Eve Robillard


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good site


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Thanks for a very interesting site. I am an acquaintaince of Don Smith, author of several books about Grey Owl. I am also a Canadian who loves the Canadian West and its "whacky" characters like Grey Owl whose wisdom may help save this planet.


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Just saw the movie and having been to Bear Island and Tamagami, wanted some more information, great site by the way.


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I had read all the books written by Grey Owl many years ago - also some of the biographies written about him. I have always been inspired by his dedication to his dream. I have just returned from Richard Attenbourough's movie about Grey Owl and was cruising the web to see what people had created about Grey Owl. Thank-you very much for this site.


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Just returned from a very successful premier event at Waskesiu Lake, in Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan. It was a compliment to the life and history of many that lived in that era. Grey Owl spent the last 7 years of his life on earth there. The local people did a masterful job providing hospitality for 325 attendees. Young and old, celebrity, First Nations representatives, all participated. Marvelous evening of love and sharing. I will not spoil the movie aspect for those who have not yet had the opportunity to view; however, suffice it to say there are many reasons for any and all to purchase a ticket when it shows in their community. All glory and honor goes to the Macs. Rich


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I am the vice president of Wildlife 2000, an organiztion dedicated to the beaver. I have read as much as I could get my hands on about Grey Owl.


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Please add me to any lists you have concerning Grey Owl/Archie Belaney. Thank you.


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Hi! checked your site out because I love owls


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A great story of a lost man finding himself in another.


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sorry for wrong address I sent on last e mail . Should have been as above ,instead I missed out the net bit. .Hope you get this one ok .Best wishes Alan.


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Reply to Alan Peachman as e-mail did not go through. In reply to your question about having met someone from Canada. If the year was 1984 it would have, or most likely was, Shirley Dawn. She was in Great Britain touting her book, 'Smoke', along with her husband Bob Richardson. Dawn died, unexpectedly, while in England. Interesting in that she was born (1932) in Saskatchewan, and died in England. Her father, Grey Owl, was born in Hastings, England, and he died in Saskatchewan. Ironic! Shirley Dawn's mother was Anahareo. Bob Richardson is still alive and lives in British Columbia. Rich


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thank you for a really wonderful potted history of Grey Owl. I have just been given the book of his life Wilderness man and have found it to be a brillent account of his life. I lived in Hastings before moving to Perth Australia.I remember years ago working in St Hellens Hospital Hastings as a nurse,and I am sure I met a lady who was over from Canda with her husband visiting the sites where her relative Grey Owl came from.I wondered if they could have been conected to Gertrude Bernard(Anahareo ) or her daughter Shirley Dawn or his other children.I shall look forward to the film of his life and hope the message of protecting our environment is heeded.


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Our nonprofit Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife was inspired by Dorothy Richards, who in turn, was inspired by Grey Owl's writings. Our web site is beaversww.org if you'd like to visit it or link to it. We help people to live with beavers and other wildlife.


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enjoyable and informative. However I heard no "Background midi/Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata"-not a problem, could be my system. (Macintosh)


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I lived in Temagami from 1946 to 1970 and my husband from 1935 to 1970.


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Answer to friend Tom in Scotland and any other interested persons. Any and all questions pertaining to Grey Owl can be found by one of two reliable sources. First, a book written by Donald B. Smith titled, 'From the Land of Shadows, and second from the annual bulletins published to it's members, by the Grey Owl Society housed in Hastings, England; e.g., bulletins No. 6&7 give the place and dates for all cities visited by Grey Owl during his 1935-36 and 1937 tours. These are the most accurate and painstaking materials available relative to the history and life of Grey Owl. All for the Macs, Rich


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Did Grey Owl ever come to Scotland, and if so, what were the dates for his visit?


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Sorry, I forgot to give you the link. Just go to the "Grey Owl Related" Album. http://www.efni.com/~humphrey/


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Hello, I was born and raised in Temagami, Ontario, Canada. Having grown up with the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Grey Owl I believe I have been letting some valuable history slip through my fingers. It is obvious from this site that you know far more about Grey Owl than I do and you take his committments to heart with the seriousness they deserve. I could not even attempt to add to the written data base you've established as everything I have is hearsay. I do however have some photos some of you may be interested in. This is a non comercial site (purely my hobby and pacifier). You are welcome to download any you like, for personal use of course. Most photos were given to me by Grey Owls Grandson, Albert Lalonde.


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Follow-up to note from tracey Armstrong dated Aug. 11th, 1999. F.Y.I. she is quite modest, she is also the great-grandaughter of Archie Belaney. Archie married Angele Egwuna, on Bear Island, Temagami Ontario in the year 1910. I was privileged to meet Tracey's grandmother, Agnes Lalonde in North Bay, Ontario in 1995. I have also met her dad & mom and am moved by their spirit of hospitality. Thanks to Archie and his first wife Angele, for their love. Quite frankly much credit must go to Angele and Agnes who were a fascinating mom and daughter combination. And of course, thank you all peoples of the 'First Nations' as they are the progenitors of so much spiritual and social development of North America. Meegwetch to ALL ANISHNABAI. Rich


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What a wonderful website! One of the most detailed websites I have come across!

Tracey Armstrong


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Quay Quay, Auneen Greeting in Ojibway Two quick things before I forget; it is STANSFELD. Archie played, among other things, the Moonlight Sonata, in his Cabin at Ajawaan Lake also. The most authoritative book on Grey Owl, is The Land of Shadows, by Donald B. Smith Without this book and the efforts of the Grey Owl Society in Hastings, the life and history of Grey Owl would be pure conjecture. As one who has set foot upon most of the major areas Archie stayed, as well as three trips to England, I feel confident his message will live forever. His books are available through many sources; e.g. General Distribution in N.Y. USA There are at least 4 major documentaries available and of course on Sept. 21st. the movie will premiere in Montreal. Contemporary persons influenced by him, to name a few; Hope Ryden, Joe & Sharon Smith at Beavers Wetlands and Wildlife, and many more. Please remember, without Anahareo there is no story. She must be recognized as the main human stimulus for Archie's transformation while McGinty & McGinnis were the motivators of their change. Those two little beaver critters instigated the whole thing. The beaver, a keystone species, not only prepared the wetlands, ponds, and pure water maintenance for man, they are also a species of vast moral capacity. I enjoyed the article and the historical background of East Sussex. I have been to most of the places mentioned and did hike from the top of Fairlight to the town site. More difficult going the reverse. As President of Jelly Roll Enterprises I invite any and all persons to contact me regards the saga of G.O. and more particularly if you plan to visit Canada where Archie became Grey Owl. Main areas, Bisco, Temagami, Bear Island and my favorite Cabano, on the Temiscouata, Quebec. Also three trips to Ajawaan. Meegwetch, Rich Gralewski


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Quay Quay, Auneen Greeting in Ojibway Two quick things before I forget; it is STANSFELD. Archie played, among other things, the Moonlight Sonata, in his Cabin at Ajawaan Lake also. The most authoritative book on Grey Owl, is The Land of Shadows, by Donald B. Smith Without this book and the efforts of the Grey Owl Society in Hastings, the life and history of Grey Owl would be pure conjecture. As one who has set foot upon most of the major areas Archie stayed, as well as three trips to England, I feel confident his message will live forever. His books are available through many sources; e.g. General Distribution in N.Y. USA There are at least 4 major documentaries available and of course on Sept. 21st. the movie will premiere in Montreal. Contemporary persons influenced by him, to name a few; Hope Ryden, Joe & Sharon Smith at Beavers Wetlands and Wildlife, and many more. Please remember, without Anahareo there is no story. She must be recognized as the main human stimulus for Archie's transformation while McGinty & McGinnis were the motivators of their change. Those two little beaver critters instigated the whole thing. The beaver, a keystone species, not only prepared the wetlands, ponds, and pure water maintenance for man, they are also a species of vast moral capacity. I enjoyed the article and the historical background of East Sussex. I have been to most of the places mentioned and did hike from the top of Fairlight to the town site. More difficult going the reverse. As President of Jelly Roll Enterprises I invite any and all persons to contact me regards the saga of G.O. and more particularly if you plan to visit Canada where Archie became Grey Owl. Main areas, Bisco, Temagami, Bear Island and my favorite Cabano, on the Temiscouata, Quebec. Also three trips to Ajawaan. Meegwetch, Rich Gralewski


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great sit!!:)


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Have just come across this site. I am a member of the Grey Owl Society based in Hastings. I have been interested in Grey Owl since the mid-1970's and have visited Canada many times due to my fascination with Grey Owl. In 1982 I met Anahareo and Dawn, as well as Lovat Dickson. Ken Conibear, Grey Owl's English tour manager is 93 this year and lives in Vancouver with his secod wife Marilyn. He is a great guy and can be found on the internet if you search for Conibear. Grey Owl's cabin on Ajawaan Lake in Prince Albert National Park is well worth a visit. Roll on my next visit to Canada!


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Hi there! Nice site, thank you. For Grey Owl enthusiasts: "Wilderness Man" written by Grey Owl's publisher Lovat Dickson (April 1999) is a absolute 'must'. Some of Grey Owl's books are available from www.amazon.co.uk..

Looking around in english urban areas, I wonder whether Grey Owl's lectures had any effect in England. The environment is in a desperate state - ever increasing numbers of cars, pollution, waste and, on top of it, the indifference shown by so many people.It's about time to act!


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Congratulations on excellent website! I was in particular fascinated by the Atlantic Monthly article from 1990 and I look forward to seeing the Richard Attenborough film .... whenever it is released! On the website it is stated that the film's premiere was in December 1998, so when may we expect it to be generally released?


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Interesting but..... No mention of Colin Taylor? I think he has done a great deal to sustain the memory of Grey Owl - and more besides.


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love it|


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stansfield or stansfeld?????


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stansfield of stansfeld?????


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I enjoyed your writing very much. We are setting up a foundation for the environment in Quebec (Grey Owl Nature Trust) which will eventually be national. We would be interested in using some of your writing for our web site and other publications in the future. The film Grey Owl will be shown in September and we have the rights to raise money from 4 premieres across Canada. This will also be our first public exposure. We would be happy to talk with you about any opportunities we can share. . .thanks, justin


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I am trying to find more information about his speaking engagements in Britain and Scotland in particular


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Hello, I am a travel journalist who was invited by the Canadian government Tourism Office in th UK to visit Grey Owl's cabin in Prince Albert National Park about six months ago. I am writing the story of this visit for the Telegraph. I have a few questions which I'm having trouble finding the answers to and wonder if you could help me. (1) Do you know if Grey Owl's book are still selling well? Who would I contact to get figures? I know MacMillan of Canada published some of his books - I have Grey Owl's Autobiography - but I wondered if there might be a publisher in the UK who I could contact re figures?

(2) Do you know if any contemporary conservationists have been influenced by Grey Owl's writings?

I look forward to hearing from you and hope you can help.

Many thanks. Cathy Smith.


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Saw program tonite re Grey Owl Fantastic, So i came looking on net for more info and here it is.


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I am currently studying for a MA degree in Cultural Politics at the University of Wales, Cardiff. One of my courses is entitled 'Psychoanalysis, Colonialism, Race' and, as its title suggests, deals with questions concerning the interrelationship of pathology and the colonial situation. In order to complete the course I have to write an assessed essay, and to this end I am hoping to write something on the desire of the white man to occupy the place of the Other, and believe using the story of Archibald Belaney would be an excellent example for what I am hoping to achieve. Therefore, if there is anyone out there who might be able to suggest how I might obtain articles, narratives and the like written by Grey Owl which articulates his experiences in the native American/Canadian situation I would be most grateful. I thank you in advance for your help and attention.


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it is great having a site dedicated to the subject of a man who has contributed to both British and Canadian culture


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Useful Info on Grey Owl pity its not more comprehensive


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Super site!


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