Since 1876, Seton suffered from a hernia injury. In 1883, he learned that there was a physician in Chicago performing hernia operations. He signed a release form stating that he understood the procedure was experimental and that there was great risk of him dying. Additionally, he agreed to allow medical students observe the procedure in a classroom setting. All went well, and he returned to Manitoba with new physical strength and confidence.
The spring flower of the West is the sand flower or crocus. ETS wrote a charming myth in Woodland Tales about this gorgeous announcement of springtime. The story is called “Blue-eyes, the Snow Child, or The Story of Hepatica.”
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An update…The Hintz/Wronka family have produced a film on Loren’s life titled “Finding Loren”. It has a section on his work with Seton and Woodcraft in Santa Fe and in Los Angeles. Google “Finding Loren” to learn more.
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Loren Hintz became woodcrafter as a teenager and spent three summers at the College of Indian Wisdom 1933 – 1935. He was a dancer, writer, actor, and loved life. He was a pilot during WWII and on April 21, 1945, at age 27, his plane was shot down in Italy.
This poem, from Loren’s book of poems Youth Dreams (1937), is offered here to commemorate his short life on the anniversary of his death. The poem is published with permission from Gretchen Hintz Wronka, his daughter and in memory of Martin Hintz, his son. Thanks to Pam Percy for contacting the Institute and letting us know about Loren.
Man has built mighty cathedrals,
Cathedrals with painted windows,
marble pillars built with the costliest of stone–
Cathedrals decorated by master artists
with paintings and with statuary,
And are very beautiful,
these man made temples of worship to G_d.
And man has said, the only way to worship
is in a temple built with gold.
But G_d has built a mightier cathedral,
a cathedral older than man,–
A temple such as man would not think of building,
Such as he could not build, if he would.
G_d’s temple is the out-of-doors.
It is all nature:
The great forests, the mighty mountains,
the rivers, lakes, the ocean,
and all of life.
If G-D made all of this,
Would it not be better to worship in His temple
Than in the small, insignificant structures
built by man?
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 full.”
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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.
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