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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.

Downes’ talk, “Lessons from the Ojibwe, 400 Years Ago,” offers insights into the lives of Native Americans prior to contact with European explorers.  His talk includes:


– 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.


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