Windigo Moon &
. The Wolf and The Willow
The Ojibwe Saga of the Anishinaabek
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
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 Wolf and the Willow takes a journey into the heart of several thriving Indian civilizations, including the Odawa, Ojibwe, Mandan, Dakota Sioux and more, 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.
Windigo Moon - Questions for readers:
— Do you think that the book gave an accurate view of the hunter-gatherers of the Ojibwe prior to the arrival of European explorers? Did it show respect for Ojibwe culture, myths and way of life?
— Today we have the myth of the rugged individual going it alone in the wilderness like Rambo, Mad Max, or survivalists. But Native peoples knew that no one could survive without the help of their friends and family working together. Have we lost this spirit of sharing today?
— Although the book doesn’t reveal this, Misko’s village and his mother are killed by an outbreak of measles brought by visitors from the Atlantic coast who have been trading with white explorers. European diseases killed up to 90 percent of Native peoples who had no immunity. What are your thoughts on this?
— Speaking of which, what happened to Ashagi shortly before her sudden death? (Hint, she was kissed by an Indian trader from the Atlantic coast who had been in contact with white explorers.)
— Ashagi “gets even” with Misko after she finds him cheating on her in the forest, resulting in the birth of her son. Thoughts?
— Misko gives the ultimate sacrifice to feed his starving children after part of his spirit is transmogrified into a bear, killing his arch enemy, Nika. Did you like the ending?