Join us in the store on Thursday, October 26th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Robert Downes for "Windigo Moon: A Novel of Native America." Book signing to follow!
About the book:
Author Robert Downes hopes his new book, Windigo Moon – A Novel of Native America, will cast light on the Ojibwe Nation, one of the most powerful tribes in North America, which has been largely ignored in books, film and the media.
“The Ojibwe, also known as the Chippewa, held sway over a vast territory from Hudsons Bay to the Great Plains and were never conquered by white invaders,” Downes says. “Yet, there hasn’t been a bestseller about how the Ojibwe lived prior to contact with the Europeans since Longfellow published The Song of Hiawatha in 1855, despite the fact that they’re the second largest tribal group in North America.”
Published by Blank Slate Press, Windigo Moon is set more than 400 years ago on the Upper Great Lakes. The historical novel follows the story of a young Ojibwe couple over the course of 31 years as they face the threat of warring tribes, the Little Ice Age of the 1600s and Old World diseases introduced by European explorers. Its settings include the Upper Peninsula, Ontario, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with the end of the story set in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan.
A resident of Traverse City, Michigan, Downes read or researched some 50 books on Native America and the Ojibwe in the writing of Windigo Moon. He also visited various museums and historical sites and has backpacked extensively in wilderness areas throughout the Great Lakes to get the feel of life in primitive times.