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I Am Algonquin (Algonquin Quest #1) by Rick Revelle
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Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Search Search Search Browse menu. Sign in. Scientists believe that humankind originated in Africa and moved through the ages in waves of migration all over the world.
BOOK RELEASE: ALGONQUIN SPRING – SECOND NOVEL OF THE ALGONQUIN QUEST SERIES
If all human beings' ancestors moved around the globe, then why is the Bering Strait theory disrespectful or derogatory? Otherwise, Revelle deserves applause for his extensive research, not only on the Internet but in six Canadian museums and 15 books listed in the bibliography. His objective was to be as "historically accurate as possible" in writing about the way of life of the Omamiwinini Algonquins of the early s. Most of the story is told in the first person through Mahingan, a young married warrior who lives with his wife and her relations in a band of around sixty men, women and children in what is now the Ottawa area.
In the summer months, starting with the Flower Moon and Strawberry Moon, five family units meet to hunt, fish, collect berries and live as a larger village. In winter, they split into smaller units so as not to over-hunt an area.
Hunting is a vital pursuit which brings Mahingan and his male relatives into challenging confrontations with wild animals and other native people seeking a food supply. Early in the novel, readers see them kill a moose and then fight Nipissing warriors in the area.
The novel continues in this vein. The primary enemy are the Haudenosaunee Iroquois who live east of the Omamiwinini.
Because survival was so difficult, it is not surprising that Mahingan seldom shows his gentler side. I was surprised to find buffalo in a novel set in eastern North America, but reminded myself that the novel takes place in the early s when the North American climate, vegetation, etc.