One of the great tales of the America wilderness - performed in Muir's own language - Stickeen tells the story of naturalist John Muir's adventures on an Alaskan glacier in 1880 with a curious brave little dog.
“This story has accompanied me through my whole adult life and I still love it. Muir’s overarching message is that we share the world with other living creatures, and they have as much right to it as we do. Muir’s ethos is at the heart of the movement to preserve the natural world for all of us. He’s one of my heroes.” Bill Harley
A two-time Grammy award-winning artist and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the RI Council for the Humanities, Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. His work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.
"Bill Harley has the uncanny ability to reaffirm life for listeners, be they five or fifty. Humor, empathy, intelligence and reality all radiate from his work and from him." - Penguin Books
John Muir - farmer, inventor, sheepherder, naturalist, explorer, writer, and founder of the Sierra Club - was born on April 21, 1838 in Dunbar, Scotland. In 1849, the Muir family immigrated to the United States, settling in Wisconsin. He was perhaps this country's most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist. He taught the people of his time and ours the importance of experiencing and protecting our natural heritage. Muir's words have heightened our perception of nature. His personal and determined involvement in the great conservation questions of the day was and remains an inspiration for environmental activists everywhere. (from SierraClub.org)
We found these gorgeous pictures of glaciers and crevasses to give you an idea of what John Muir and Stickeen were dealing with. Sadly, photos of ice bridges were in short supply, though we found an ice cave, something that looks like it could be an ice bridge and a dog enjoying the snow (though it looks nothing like Stickeen it's still cute).