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Lessons from the Ojibwe, 400 Years Ago


Monday September 18, 2017: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Westgate Branch: West Side Room


Author Robert Downes presents a digital-video presentation on the Ojibwe people and the historical research behind his new novel "Windigo Moon: A Novel of Native America." Set 400 years ago among the Ojibwe of the Upper Great Lakes, "Windigo Moon" is a love story and an adventure backed by extensive historical research.

For this presentation, Downes offers insights into the lives of Native Americans prior to contact with European explorers. His talk will include:
• 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.

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.

This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale at the event.