Ernest Thompson Seton was born in South Shields, Durham, England but emigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 6. His original name was Ernest Seton Thompson.
His sketches as a youth won awards. Consequently, he was sent to study art in London at The Royal Academy School of Painting and Sculpture. Late he went to Paris for further study. In 1881, he became the Naturalist for the government of Manitoba.
The Ladies Home Journal magazine asked him to write a series on woodcraft for boys. The first article appeared in May, 1902. On the first day of July in 1902, he founded the Woodcraft Indians. He wrote a book, The Birchbark Rolls of the Woodcraft Indians as a guide for the program. This book was sent to Baden-Powell in July of 1906 as a precursor to Seton's visit to England for a series of fall lectures. On October 30th, the two men met at the Savoy Hotel..
He was Chief Scout from 1910 to 1915. The original 1910 handook included 50 pages from Baden-Powell and 100 pages of Seton's writings.
Seton developed a plan for incorporating younger boys into Scouting in 1911. Called "The Cubs of America", it used the bear cub as its symbol. Disagreements among Scouting's founders over the value of the new program caused it to be set aside.
Seton had a falling out with James West and left the movement in 1915. He disagreed with the military style set by Baden-Powell and West. Seton then founded the Woodcraft League of America. He later came back to help organize Cubbing for the younger boys.
Seton received the seventh Silver Buffalo award in 1926; the first year it was offered.
Ernest Thompson Seton Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Visit the Seton Centre in Manitoba, Canada
Mammals Of Manitoba, 1886
Birds Of Manitoba, Foster, 1891
How to Catch Wolves, Oneida Community, 1894
Studies In Art: Anatomy of Animals, Macmillan, 1896
Wild Animals I Have Known, Scribners, 1898
The Trail of The Sandhill Stag, Scribners, 1899
Lobo, Rag, and Vixen, Scribners, 1899
The Wild Animal Play For Children (Musical), Doubleday & Curtis, 1900
The Biography of A Grizzly, Century, 1900
Wild Animals I have Known, American Printing House For The Blind, 1900 (NY point system)
Four Books In Braille: Lobo, Redruff, Raggylug, Vixen, Pennsylvania Institution for the Blind, 1900
Lives of the Hunted, Scribners,1901
Twelve Pictures of Wild Animals (no text) Scribners, 1901
Krag and Johnny Bear, Scribners, 1902
How to Play Indian, 1903
Two Little Savages, Doubleday, 1903
How to Make A Real Indian Teepee, Curtis, 1903
How Boys Can Form A Band of Indians, Curtis, 1903
The Red Book, 1904
Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac, Scribners, 1904
Woodmyth and Fable, Century, 1905
Animal Heroes, Scribners, 1905
The Birchbark Rolls of the Woodcraft Indians, 1906
The Natural History of the Ten Commandments, Scribners, 1907
Faun of Manitoba, British Assoc. Handbook, 1909
Biography of A Silver Fox, Century, 1909
Life-Histories of Northern Animals (2 Volumes), Scribners, 1909
The American Boy Scout, 1910
The Forester's Manual, Doubleday, 1910
The War Dance and the Fire-Fly Dance, Doubleday, 1910
The Boy Scouts of America, a handbook, BSA, 1910
The Arctic Prairies, Scribners, 1911
Rolf In The Woods, Doubleday, 1911
The Book of Woodcraft and Indian Lore, 1912
The Red Lodge, private printing of 100 copies,1912
Wild Animals At Home, Doubleday, 1913
The Slum Cat, Constable (London), 1915
Legend of the White Reindeer, Constable (London), 1915
The Manual of the Woodcraft Indians, 1915
Wild Animal Ways, Doubleday, 1916
Woodcraft Manual for Girls, 1916
The Preacher of Ceder Mountain, Doubleday, 1917
Woodcraft Manual for Boys, 1917 ; the Sixteenth Birch Bark Roll by Ernest Thompson Seton. Published for the Woodcraft League of America, Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, Page & Company, 1917. 441 pp., illus. and music.
The Woodcraft Manual for Boys, 1918; the Seventeenth Birch Bark Roll by Ernest Thompson Seton. Published for the Woodcraft League of America, Inc. Garden City, New York Doubleday, Page & Company, 441 pp. Illus. and music.
The Woodcraft Manual for Girls,1918; the Eighteenth Birch Bark Roll, Published for the Woodcraft League of America, Inc. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, Page & Company, 424 pp. Illus. and music.
Sign Talk of the Indians, Doubleday, 1918
The Laws and Honors of the Little Lodge of Woodcraft, 1919: 10 pp., 8 vo. Published at Cheyenne, Wyo., August. 4th edition.
The Brownie Wigwam, 1921; The Rules of the Brownies. Fun outdoors for boys and girls under 11 years of age. Woodcraft League of America, N. Y. 8 vo., 7 pp. 5th edition, the first being part of the Birch Bark Roll for 1906
The Buffalo Wind, 1921
Woodland Tales, 1921
The Book of Woodcraft, 1921
The Book of Woodcraft and Indian Lore, 1922; Doubleday, Page & Co., 590 pp. More than 500 drawings by the author; 3rd edition of the 1912 issue, enlarged by the inclusion of "The Foresters Manual."
Bannertail:The Story of A Gray Squirrel, Scribners, 1922
Manual of the Brownies, 1922; Manual of the Brownies, the Little Lodge of the Woodcraft League of America. 6th edition. A pamphlet of 10 pp. Oct., New York.
The Ten Commandments in the Animal World, Doubleday, 1923
Animals, The Nature Library, Doubleday, 1926 (Color Plates)
Old Silver Grizzle, Hodder (London), circa 1927
Raggylug and Other Stories, Hodder (London), circa 1927
Chink and Other Stories, Hodder (London), circa 1927
Foam The Razorback, Hodder (London), circa 1927
Johnny Bear and Other Stories, Hodder (London), circa 1927
Lobo and Other Stories, Hodder (London), circa 1927
Animals Worth Knowing, (As Above), The Little Nature Library, Doubleday, 1928 (No Color Plates)
Lives of Game Animals (4 Volumes), Doubleday, 1925-1928
Blazes on The Trail, Little Peegno Press, 1928 (3 Pamphlets)
Life Craft or Woodcraft
Rise of the Woodcraft Indians
Spartans of the West
Krag, The Kootney Ram and Other Stories, University of London Press, 1929
Billy the Dog That Made Good, Hodder (London), 1930
Cute Coyote and Other Stories, Hodder (London), 1930
Lobo, Bingo, The Pacing Mustang, State, 1930
Famous Animal Stories, 1932
Animals Worth Knowing, 1934
Johnny Bear, Lobo and Other Stories, (Modern Standard Authors) Scribners, 1935
The Gospel of the Redman, with Julia Seton, Doubleday, 1936
Biography of An Arctic Fox, Appleton-Century, 1937
Great Historic Animals, Scribners, 1937
Mainly About Wolves (Same as above), Methuen (London), 1937
Pictographs of the Old Southwest, with other authors, Cedar Rapids, 1937
Buffalo Wind, Private printing of 200, 1938
Trail and Camp-Fire Stories, 1940
Trail of an Artist-Naturalist: The Autobiography of Ernest Thompson Seton, Scribners, 1940
Santanna, The Hero Dog of France, Limited printing of 500 copies with 300 auotographed, Phoenix Press, 1945
The Best of Ernest Thompson Seton, 1949
Ernest Thompson Seton's America, 1954; Selections of the writings of the artist-naturalist. New York: Devin-Adair Co. 413 pages Edited with an intro by Farida A. Wiley
Animal Tracks and Hunter Signs, 1958
The Gospel of the Redman, 1958; with Julia M. Seton, Santa Fe NM: Seton Village
The Chief; Ernest Thompson Seton and the Changing West by H. Allen Anderson
Ernest Thompson Seton: Man in nature and the Progressive Era, 1880-1915 by John H. Wadland
Ernest Thompson Seton, Scout and Nauralist by Wyatt Blassingame
Selected Stories of Ernest Thompson Seton by Patricia Morely
By 1000 Fires by Julia Seton, 1967
Black Wolf: The Life of Ernest Thompson Seton by Betty Keller, 1984
The Order of Woodcraft Chivalry 1916-1949 As a New Age Alternative to the Boy Scouts by Derek Edgell