Windigo Moon &
. The Wolf and The Willow
Tales of the Ojibwa people
Two lovers fight to save their clan from the perilous events of the 16th century, an apocalyptic time for Native people.
Ashagi and Miskomakwa struggle against warring tribes, foreign diseases, the Little Ice Age and the unwanted attention of arch-rival Nika in a saga that encompasses 31 years, beginning in 1588.
Intensively researched with insights into the culture, legends and supernatural beings of the Anishinaabek on the Upper Great Lakes.
"A simply brilliant work of historical fiction."
- The Midwest Book Review
The Wolf and The Willow:
An epic battle in Native America unites two lovers fom the ends of the earth in a story drawn from historical events.
Willow, a slave of Black and Arab descent, is swept up in an expedition in search of an Indian empire in the New World. There, she meets Wolf, a young trader, story-teller and spy on a mission to find a mysterious animal for the shamans of the Ojibwe people.
Set in 1527, The Wolf and The Willow is a story of first contact between Native peoples and Spanish conquistadors, based on the disastrous expedition of Panfilo de Narvaez. The novel takes a journey into the heart of a thriving Indian civilization, culminating atop the ancient Great Mound of Cahokia, outside present-day St. Louis. A novel that explores the peaks and chasms of the human spirit.
With signed copies available from author Robert Downes via this website.