A virtual time machine to travel back to 1800’s in Canada and Minnesota. A view of the culture in transition, the old legends and stories, and some of the names of the earlier settlers from Europe. Examples include du-Roy and Chateaubriand. A description of some early settlements like Bruce Mines, Sault saint Marie, and Makinac island are included. A rare gem of a narrative by an ethnographer very passionate about the Ojibwe speaking indigenous peoples of Turtle Island or North America.
If you want to know how the ojibway indians lived in the early 17th century (200 years after meeting the first europeans) this is the book to read. It is written in a very analytical way and it becomes very obvious that the Kohl falls in love with these people. He explains how they make their canoes and wigwams. How they prepare their food. How and why they preform traditional fesitvals/initiations. He also gives a number of accounts on the stories of nanabojou, the main character in ojibway myth. At the end of the book he remarks that the most interesting thing about these people is the stories of nanabojou. Not so much the actual stories, but the fact that he is their main mythological character and not worshipped like herakles or shiva or thor or gilgamesh were.