Pilgrims of the Wild

Grey Owl

Biography, Conduct Of Life, Nature, Survival
Grey Owl


Pilgrims of the Wild is the attempt of a Red Indian to convey to the White Man before it is too late, something of the spirit of his vanishing race. It is the story, strange as any fiction, but true, of the Pilgrimage of two lovers: Of Grey Owl (Wa-Sha-Quon-Asin), son of a Scot and an Apache, trepper, guide, sniper in the Canadian Army, now officially appointed Protector of Wild Life, and world-famous; and of Anahareo, daughter of a line of Iroquois chiefs.

Grey Owl has been compared with Gilbert White of Selborne, and the comparison between a half-breed trapper of the Canadian backwoods, and the cultured, comfortable eighteenth-century country parson, may seem far-fetched. It is not so. Common to both are an intense love of all living things, extraordinary powers of observation in simple, vivid words. The influence of Gilbert White, Patron Saint of English naturalists, has been far reaching: so already, though his work is not yet done, is that of Grey Owl. This book has added thousands to his army of friends and admirers.