What were some of Grey Owl's greatest achievments?

I'm doing some homework. I have to do a report about Grey Owl, or Archibald Stansfeld Belaney, and the differences he has made in the world. However, I can't seem to find ANYTHING! Does anyone know anything about this person, or links to some good websites about him? Thanks so much.


Sorry, I forgot to mention that I already tried wikipedia...

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    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    In his articles, books, and films he promoted the idea of environmentalism and nature conservation. In 1931, He wrote several articles for the Canadian Forestry Association (CFA) publication Forests and Outdoors:

    King of the Beaver People, January 1931

    A Day in a Hidden Town, April 1931

    A Mess of Pottage, May 1931

    The Perils of Woods Travel, September 1931

    Indian Legends and Lore, October 1931

    A Philosophy of the Wild, December 1931

    In 1935 and 1937 he successfully toured England (including Hastings) in Ojibwa costume to promote his books and lecture about conservation.

    Grey Owl (or Wa-sha-quon-asin, from the Ojibwe wenjiganoozhiinh, meaning "great horned owl" or "great grey owl") was the name Archibald Belaney (September 18, 1888 – April 13, 1938) adopted when he took upon a First Nations identity as an adult. He was a writer and became one of Canada's first conservationists.

    Early years

    Archibald Stansfeld Belaney was born in September 1888 in Hastings, England, to a farmer family. His father wasted the family fortune in drinking. Some sources also suggest that his mother was only 13 years old when they were married. His parents separated in 1901, and his father left the country.

    Belaney was raised by his grandmother and two maiden aunts. He expressed an interest in nature and American Indians at an early age. He went to Hastings Grammar School, and at the age of 16 – due to his aunts' urging – left to work for a timber yard. He was fired when he dropped a bomb down his employer's chimney.

    Immigration to Canada

    In 1906 Belaney emigrated to Canada, ostensibly to study agriculture. After a brief time in Toronto, he moved to Temagami, Northern Ontario, and adopted an Indian identity and the name Grey Owl. He also married an Anishinaabe woman, Angele Egwuna. He worked as a fur trapper, wilderness guide and forest ranger. He explained that he was a child of a Scottish father and Apache mother and had emigrated from the US to join the Ojibwa.

    During World War I, in 1915, Grey Owl joined the 13th Montreal Battalion of the Black Watch. His unit was shipped to France, where he served as a sniper. His compatriots treated him as an Indian and generally praised his conduct afterwards. He was wounded first in January 1916 and then again on April 24, 1916 with a shot through the foot. The wound contracted gangrene, and he was shipped to England for treatment.

    Grey Owl was moved from one British infirmary to another for a full year while doctors tried in vain to restore his foot. He also met and briefly married childhood friend Constance Holmes. The marriage failed. He was shipped back to Canada in September 1917 and honorably discharged on November 30 with a disability pension.


    In 1925 he met the Iroquois woman Gertrude Bernard (whom he later called Anahareo), who encouraged him to stop trapping and publish his writings about wilderness life. His writings attracted the attention of the Dominion Parks Service, and he began to work for them as a naturalist. In 1931 he and Anahareo moved briefly to a cabin in Riding Mountain National Park with their two pet beavers, Jellyroll and Rawhide. Next year they moved to near Ajawaan Lake in Prince Albert National Park.

    In his articles, books, and films he promoted the idea of environmentalism and nature conservation. In 1931, He wrote several articles for the Canadian Forestry Association (CFA) publication Forests and Outdoors:

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  • The Grey Owls greatest achievements include the following...

  • 1 decade ago

    This is a link to Yahoo Search. There are pelnty of websites about him. I think the problem is that all pretty much say the same thing. I think your best bet would be to try to find a book or 2 about him.


  • 1 decade ago

    there is plenty of information available. his books are still in print and you might want to watch the movie Grey Owl which has some very interesting information on the dvd version.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Helping raise my siblings during my early teenage years. I had to grow up so fast and to learn how to sacrifice spending time with friends and joining extra curriculars, so that I could go straight home after school to watch after my 4 siblings until my parents got home.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Try this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Owl

    You may want to verify what you find but this is a good start.

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