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Born in Hastings, East Sussex, England, UK
Died in Ajawaan Lake, Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada  (pneumonia)
Birth NameArchibald Stansfeld Belaney

Mini Bio (1)

Grey Owl was born on September 18, 1888 in Hastings, East Sussex, England as Archibald Stansfeld Belaney. He was an actor and writer, known for The Trail: Men Against the Snow (1937), Pilgrims of the Wild (1935) and This Land (1970). He was married to Yvonne Perrier, Gertrude Bernard (Anahareo), Ivy Holmes and Angele Egwuna. He died on April 13, 1938 in Ajawaan Lake, Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Yvonne Perrier (December 1936 - ?)
Gertrude Bernard (Anahareo) (1925 - 1936)
Ivy Holmes (10 February 1917 - 9 August 1922) ( divorced)
Angele Egwuna (23 August 1910 - ?) ( 1 child)

Trivia (3)

He joined the Canadian army during WWI, and served as a sniper. After the war, he returned to Canada. He was rescued from snow blindness by an Ojibwa chief called Ne-Ganikabo, or The One Who Stands First. He studied under Ne-Ganikabo for four years, becoming skilled in wilderness survival, and adopted the name Grey Owl.
He was a famous conservationist, writer, and speaker. He was also an imposter who passed himself off as being of Native American descent and born in the southwest United States.
He grew up in England, enthralled by stories of Native Americans, and moved to Canada when he was 17. He married an Ojibwa woman, and learned the language and culture. He kept his true identity a secret, telling others that he was the son of a Scotsman who had married an Apache.

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