Sunday, September 18, 2011
Cat vs. World by Jeanna Keegan, Courier Comic Artist
Portrait of Grey Owl (1936), by Yousuf Karsh
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 on a First Nations identity as an adult. A British native, he was most notable as an author and one of the "most effective apostles of the wilderness".
Revelation of his British origins after his death adversely affected his reputation for some time. Since the 1970s and, with the centennial of his birth, there has been renewed public appreciation for his conservation efforts. Recognition has included biographies, a historic plaque at his birthplace, a 1999 biopic about his life by director Richard Attenborough.
Watch the film Beaver People, free from the National Film Board of Canada.