Who Was George Bird Grinnell?
An anthropologist, scientist, conservationist,
publisher, writer and explorer, George Bird Grinnell (1849 –
1938) was a man of many accomplishments.
Along with other conservationists, George Bird
Grinnell helped to: establish the first Audubon Society; preserve
and establish Yellowstone as a national park area, keeping it free
from private development; establish Glacier National Park; and establish
the Boone and Crockett Club.
George Bird Grinnell was a beloved friend of the
Cheyenne and Blackfoot nations as well as with several other tribes
of Plains Indians, a chronicler of Native American legends.
By living among American Indians and learning their
customs and languages, Grinnell earned the respect and trust, and
was made an honorary member in the Gros Ventre, Cheyenne, Pawnee
and Blackfoot tribes. Dr. Grinnell dedicated his life to American
Indians, writing about them and celebrating their unique heritage.
In 1938, George Bird Grinnell died in New York
City at the age of 88. His spirit and mission live on through the
George Bird Grinnell American Indian Fund, founded in 1988 by his
great-nephew Schuyler M. Meyer, Jr. (1918 – 1997).