Saturday, August 02, 2008

Lobo The Wolf Who Changed America to Air November 23 on PBS

The Public Broadcasting Service's Nature series will air its version of the film Lobo, The Wolf Who Changed America on November 23. Check local listings as the time nears.

This film unleashed an enormous renewal of interest in Seton when it aired in the UK earlier this year and I would expect something similar, perhaps much greater, when it airs in the U.S.


HemlockMan said...

Anything to renew interest in Seton among American youth would be a great thing.

Michael said...

Look forward to it.

Just came back from the Philmont Training Center. At Philmont is the Philmont Museum & Seton Memorial Library. The patch for the Seton Library sold by the PTC Handicraft area used the first head of Lobo, and the patch sold by the Museum uses the wolf print.

The bookstore at the Museum has pretty much all the books by Seton in print in stock, including a reprint of Lobo done by the Museum. I also picked up a book that's a bibliography of the Seton Village Press. I was a little disappointed that the author (who ran the original SVP) was ignorant of the later use of the 'press' in the 60s to publish various Seton works. It was reprints of some of those (Gospel of the Redman, Trail and Campfire Stories, Quadary of Youth) that were my first Seton works and which I've always looked for additional ones put out under that imprint.

I am hoping that the approaching 100th Anniverary of the BSA will cause more of his works to be reprinted. I've seen more reprints of Beard's work in the last couple of years then I've ever seen, and am hoping more of Seton's work will also be reprinted (like an edition of the Birk Bark Rolls...).

Ron Edmonds said...

One of the great things of recent years is the advent of print on demand. While many Seton titles are in print in the traditional way, many more are available through print on demand. We are committed to making them available in as many ways as possible.
It is pretty amazing that Wild Animals I Have Known has been in print continuously since 1898, 108 years!

Ron Edmonds said...

I am sorry you were disappointed by Bulletin in Bold Letters. This book will always hold a special place for me as it is the only place I have been able to get an explanation for my first copy of Buffalo Wind. It was a shock when it arrived and I realized that it was NOT bound in buffalo hide. Based on the book, I realized I had one of the "proof copies." I have never heard anyone else mention the proof copies-ever. I guess there may be a handful around, but if there are, I don't know it.

Michael said...

"I am sorry you were disappointed by Bulletin in Bold Letters."

Like I said, I was only disappointed by lack of info on the later use of the "Seton Village Press" imprint.

Its part of a larger part of Seton's life/work that is a big mystery to me. I hear about Seton Village et al and what went on, but all (to me) very vague and a little myterious. I'd really love to learn more about what all went on at the Village in terms of the schools/training that was put on for scouting/youth leaders, etc. I've never seen a full account of that, and would think that this would be a great area of research for someone.

Dale Barber said...

Just a correcting comment about the post 1960 use of the name 'Seton Village Press' The actual printing press was long gone but Julia Seton used the name to publish some of her books as well as reprints of Seton's work. One of the publishers was The Alfred Knopf Co. as I remember. I believe there were some other companies that reprinted some of the books.
The original adobe building that housed the Village Press was still in use as a guest house when I and Dee left there in 1998.

In reference to Michael's comments, The Village was the center of the summer Woodcraft camps where leaders and others came from all over the country to participate in camping and leadership training for the National Woodraft Movement. It somehow got the reputation as a nudist colony from some ignorant locals, who didn't know a breech clout when they saw it. Seton and Julia conducted lectures and seminars on various aspects of the ceremonies and crafts used in camps across the country.
When war erupted in 1942, the camp had to be discontinued because of rationing and travel restrictions. After Seton's death in 1946, and a changed world, the camp was never re-opened. Time and vandalism erased most of the original buildings.
Dale Barber