- 1 hr 57 min
Based on a true story, born in 1888 as Archibald Belaney, Grey Owl is from a small town in England raised by two aunts. Since he was a young boy, he had a fascination with the wilderness and the North American Indians. At the age of seventeen, Archie Grey Owl, as he called himself, left for Canada to live in the wilderness and learn the North American Indian ways. Through the years, Grey Owl lived off the land and learned all he could about the wilderness. He met the Ojibwa tribe, learned from them for many years, and the chief adopted Grey Owl as one of their own. To earn a living, Grey Owl gives wilderness tours to the white people, and trapped animals for their furs. He lived by himself until he met Pony, of the Mohawk/Iroquois tribe. She and her family lived in town and worked for the white people as well. Pony did not know the Indian ways that well, and when she saw Grey Owl, she wanted to learn everything. She fell in love with him. Pony did not like him being a trapper, especially one day when he had trapped a mama beaver. The two kittens would die left on their, so they took them in and raised them. That is when Grey Owl started changing his mind about trapping, and cutting down trees in the wilderness. Grey Owl writes a book on the wilderness, and on conservation. His publisher from England promotes him by bringing him back to England to make speeches. Before he left he married Pony and the Ojibwa chief married them. At one of his speeches in England, he sees both his aunts sitting in the audience and he wonders if they recognize him. The next day, he visits his aunts, and they knew it was him all along. Grey Owl returns to Canada and tells Pony the whole story of who he really is, and in 1938, Grey Owl dies of pneumonia.