Ernest Thompson “The Chief” Seton

Ernest Thompson “The Chief” Seton

County Durham, England
Death 23 Oct 1946 (aged 86)
Seton Village, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: scattered the ashes over Seton Village, New Mexico from a plane.
Memorial ID 29052287 · View Source
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Seton ("the Chief") AKA "Black Wolf" was an award winning wildlife illustrator and naturalist who was also a spell-binding storyteller and lecturer, a best selling author of animal stories, expert with Native American Sign language and early supporter of the political, cultural and spiritual rights of First Peoples. He was born August 14, 1860, in South Shields, Durham, England, of Scottish ancestry (

In 1931 he became a United States citizen. He died in Seton Village, New Mexico in 1946, aged 86. Seton was cremated in Albuquerque. In 1960, in honor of his 100th birthday and the 350th anniversary of Santa Fe, his daughter Dee and his grandson Seton Cottier (son of Anya) scattered the ashes over Seton Village from a plane.

He was founder of the Woodcraft Indians and founding pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America.

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  • Created by: Kyle
  • Added: 15 Aug 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 29052287
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ernest Thompson “The Chief” Seton (14 Aug 1860–23 Oct 1946), Find a Grave Memorial no. 29052287, ; Maintained by Kyle (contributor 46635009) Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a scattered the ashes over Seton Village, New Mexico from a plane..