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Seton Essays

Short pieces written by the man himself

Directive Coloration of Birds

Directive Coloration of Birds

Seton’s early science writings are less known than his wildlife stories but demonstrated important insights. Roger Tory Peterson Writing in 1941 in the Preface of A Field Guide to the Western Birds, Roger Tory Peterson gave credit to Seton’s influential work: “It was...

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Ernest Thompson Seton Peace Message

Ernest Thompson Seton Peace Message

In days like these one can accept or assume no higher or better mission than that of peace messenger, a personal messenger of peace and understanding among the nations. – Ernest Thompson Seton This is a partial transcription from “Ernest Thompson Seton: A Scout...

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The Peacock for Artists

The Peacock for Artists

Seton had a great fondness for the peacock, making drawings of them and placing a decorative plaque of the bird (probably purchased in Mexico) near the front door of the Castle. Here is Seton’s explanation of depicting THE PEACOCK from Studies in the Art Anatomy of...

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Seton on Hunting with Guns and Arrows

Through an entry into his Totem Board newsletter, Ernest Thompson Seton found a way to express his ideas about hunting in a review of a book by Adolph Shane, perhaps published in the 1940s. The book: Archery Tackle, How to Make and How to Use It, Manual Arts Press,...

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