September 25, 2017 7:00-9:00 p.m.
“Lessons from the Ojibwe, 400 Years Ago”
Author Robert Downes will present a digital-video presentation on the historical research behind his novel, Windigo Moon –
A Novel of Native America at the Scarab Club on Monday
Set 400 years ago among the Ojibwe Indians of the Upper Great Lakes, Windigo Moon is a love story and an adventure backed by extensive historical research. The book has received a good deal of advance praise and will be published on Sept. 5 by Blank Slate Press.
– What we could learn from the example of the Ojibwe to better our own society.
– The devastating “Lost Century” of the 1500s and what it meant to Native peoples.
– The roles of Native men, women, the family and the clan.
– Life through the seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
– The importance of storytelling: myths, monsters and supernatural beings
– The migration of the Ojibwe and its impact on other tribes.
— A lively Q&A session at the end.
The author of three adventure-travel books, Downes is a resident of Traverse City and a veteran speaker who strives to entertain and enlighten his audiences.