Biography of a Grizzly

Biography of a Grizzly

by Ernest Seton-Thompson


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Biography of a Grizzly is a classic bear story by the esteemed nature writer, Ernest Thompson-Seton, provides an in-depth study of the life of one of the most misunderstood and feared animals on the planet-the grizzly bear.Seton-Thompson's portrait of the life of one individual bear will no no doubt provide those who fear this majestic animal with a whole new understanding of the species.Ernest Thompson Seton (born Ernest Evan Thompson[1] August 14, 1860 - died October 23, 1946) was an author (published in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the US), wildlife artist, founder of the Woodcraft Indians in 1902 (renamed Woodcraft League of America) and one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in 1910. Seton also influenced Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting. His notable books related to Scouting include The Birch Bark Roll and the Boy Scout Handbook. He is responsible for the appropriation and incorporation of what he believed to be American Indian elements into the traditions of the BSA.Seton was born in South Shields, County Durham (now part of South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear), England of Scottish parents. His family emigrated to Canada in 1866. Most of his childhood was spent in Toronto, Ontario and known to have lived at 6 Aberdeen Avenue in Cabbagetown. As a youth, he retreated to the woods of the Don River to draw and study animals as a way of avoiding his abusive father. He won a scholarship in art to the Royal Academy in London, England.[2]On his twenty-first birthday, Seton's father presented him with an invoice for all the expenses connected with his childhood and youth, including the fee charged by the doctor who delivered him. He paid the bill, but never spoke to his father again.He changed his name to Ernest Thompson Seton, believing that Seton had been an important family name. He became successful as a writer, artist and naturalist, and moved to New York City to further his career. Seton later lived at Wyndygoul,[5] an estate that he built in Cos Cob, a section of Greenwich, Connecticut. After experiencing vandalism by the local youth, Seton invited them to his estate for a weekend where he told them what he claimed were stories of the American Indians and of nature.He formed the Woodcraft Indians in 1902 and invited the local youth to join. Despite the name, the group was made up of non-native boys and girls. The stories became a series of articles written for the Ladies Home Journal, and were eventually collected in The Birch Bark Roll of the Woodcraft Indians in 1906. Shortly after, the Woodcraft Indians evolved into the Woodcraft Rangers. Woodcraft Rangers was established as a non-profit organization for youth programming in 1922, the founder of the organizations was Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946)Since 1922, Woodcraft Rangers has served Los Angeles youth with Seton's model of character building which encompasses-service, truth, fortitude, and beauty. [7] Since then, Woodcraft Rangers youth have been received in a safe environment to relish in their natural instincts to then support the discovery of their own talents. Today the Woodcraft Rangers organization serves over 15,000 youth in the Los Angeles county by helping them find pathways to purposeful lives. They offer expanded learning opportunities to youth from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Youth participants are encouraged to ignite the discovery of natural talents and are embraced daily with the belief that all children are innately good.Seton met Scouting's founder, Lord Baden-Powell, in 1906. Baden-Powell had read Seton's book, The Birch Bark Roll of the Woodcraft Indians, and was greatly intrigued by it. The pair met and shared ideas. Baden-Powell went on to found the Scouting movement worldwide, and Seton became the president of the committee that founded the Boy Scouts of America.

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ISBN-13: 9781495406256
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/02/2014
Pages: 46
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)

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