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Growing up Gertrude Bernard, an Algonquin/Mohawk girl in a small Ontario town in the time around the First World War, Anahareo was more at home climbing trees and swimming in the river than playing with dolls or sewing samplers. When she was nineteen she convinced her father to let her go and work at Camp Wabikon, a vacation spot for wealthy New Yorkers hoping to experienc ...more
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Published May 29th 2012 by Fireship Press
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Owain
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Before I picked this book up I had only a vague idea of who Anahareo and Grey Owl were. I vaguely remember them from a documentary Ray Mears did about Canadian pioneers. I know know that the pair weren't pioneers in the conventional, geographical sense of the term. Although with virtually no geographical frontiers left on this earth it's kind of impossible to be such a thing.

The author paints a picture of a woman leading a complicated and difficult life, not just battling against the wilderness
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Cynthia Neale
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kristin Gleeson writes historical fiction that allows you to time travel and forget the present. I am always delightfully entertained and inspired by her characters and settings. This book is a biography of a First Nations woman, Anahareo (Gertrude Bernard), born in 1906, and the author tells this woman's story with creative flair and reality. The book reads like a captivating novel. Most of us would remember Grey Owl before we would remember Anahareo, unfortunately, but here Gleeson beautifully ...more
Moonyeen Blakey
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished reading Kristin Gleeson's biography of Anahareo, Grey Owl's Native American wife who shared his passion for the wilderness and became a pioneer and conservationist in her own right. And what an amazing life she had! I found myself drawn into the narrative and eager to discover more about this amazing woman. My admiration increased as I learned how she'd become a prospector and faced the perils of a harsh environment alone, while Grey Owl remained back at camp writing his books ...more
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Originally from Philadelphia, Kristin Gleeson lives in Ireland, in the West Cork Gaeltacht, where she teaches art classes, plays harp, sings in an Irish choir and runs two book clubs for the village library. She holds a Masters in Library Science and a Ph.D. in history, and for a time was an administrator of a national denominational archives, library and museum in America. Later, she served as a ...more

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