Ernest Thompson Seton was...

  • An author of more than 40 books and countless articles in major magazines
  • A popular lecturer
  • An artist with particular skill in depicting wildlife, including both birds and mammals
  • A naturalist who studied animals extensively, producing the classic work, Lives of Game Animals, essentially an eight-volume illustrated encyclopedia covering nearly every wild animal in North America
  • A well-known advocate of Native American rights
  • The founder of the Woodcraft League, also known as Woodcraft Indians and Seton Indians
  • A cofounder of the Boy Scouts of America and a key figure in the history of Scouting world-wide
  • A fascinating and enigmatic character with a wide range of interests and talents

Seton's philosophy of respect for both nature and humanity  made him a  pioneer of the environmental movement, inspiring generations of leaders.


SETON Trivia Challenge

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Dr. William Brodie advised his son and ETS to keep a daily journal on their travels. Seton took the advice to heart, keeping his for over 65 years! ETS advised others, “Write of each event on the day that it happened. Do not trust your memory. Let every page have a place and date in … Read more

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Seton’s first trip to London started in August 1879 on his way to enroll in Art School after winning highest honors in Toronto. He started classes at the Royal Academy of Art in 1881, but didn’t stay as long as expected due to illness. Find the question on Face Book at https://www.facebook.com/etsetoninstitute!

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ETS met Daniel Carter Beard at the Art Student’s League in New York in 1884. This began a close, tumultuous relationship that lasted their lifetime. Details can be found in their respective autobiographies. (But don’t be surprised to find varying perspectives.)

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Seton said, “In our search for the ideal outdoor life, we cannot do better than indigenous peoples with their reverence and carefully cultured physique, as a model for the making of adults, and as a pattern for our youth who would achieve adulthood with the added graces of courtesy, honor, and truth.”   –from “Spartans … Read more

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