Grey Owl (1888-1938), an Englishman, immigrated to Canada as Archibald Belaney in 1906 and quickly constructed an identity as a Native, assuming the Ojibwa name Wa-sha-quon-asin and eventually settling in Saskatchewan on Ajawaan Lake. He spread his message of preservation through multiple bestsellers, including The Men of the Last Frontier, The Adventures of Sajo and Her Beaver People, and Tales of an Empty Cabin. Michael Gnarowski has written for Encyclopedia Americana, The Canadian Encyclopedia, The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography, and the Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry. Gnarowski is professor emeritus at Carleton University in Ottawa.
"A bestseller when it was published in 1935, Pilgrims of the Wild is Grey Owl's account of his transition from successful trapper to environmentalist, as he and his Iroquois wife, Anahareo, set out to protect the endangered beaver. Includes an informative and accessible introduction by Gnarowski." -- Globe and Mail (Canada) July 2010