From the Back Cover:
“And quite suddenly the place that had seemed to be so lonely and deserted was now no longer empty, but all at once was filled with living memories and ghosts from our past.”
For Grey Owl, the ghostly firelight in an empty cabin brings back “some half-forgotten story or an incident or thought, and by them there nearly always hung a tale.” These tales are stories of the struggle and endurance of the Indians, and the beavers and wolves, and of the huge bull moose who became a frequent visitor to Grey Owl’s camp. Grey Owl’s masterful tales of the Canadian wilderness have won the admiration of readers all over the world, and our increasing awareness of the dangers to our environment has created a new generation of readers for these unique and powerful stories.
Grey Owl was really Archie Belaney, and had come from England in 1906, at the age of seventeen, to live in the Canadian northland. He adopted Indian customs and worked as a trapper in Northern Ontario until the 1920s, when he gave up his traplines to become a writer and lecturer on conservation and spoke to the world as a blood-brother of the Ojibway. After his death in 1938, his English past was revealed, shocking both the general public and his close friends.