Woman of the Green Glade chronicles the life of Ozhaguscodaywayquay, a strong influential Ojibway woman who occupied a focal point on the cultural and political frontier of North America during the la
Woman of the Green Glade chronicles the life of Ozhaguscodaywayquay, a strong influential Ojibway woman who occupied a focal point on the cultural and political frontier of North America during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The author infuses a woman's emotions and perspectives in bringing to life this engaging story of a real Native American heroine. Ozhaguscodaywayquay, the daughter of the Ojibway chief Waubojeeg, lived in what we now know as northern Wisconsin until she married the Irish fur trader John Johnston. The couple moved to Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, where they operated a major trading post in what was perhaps the most important crossroads in the upper Great Lakes region. The influence of the Johnston family was felt through the upper Great Lakes, and the legacy of Ozhaguscodaywauquay is truly monumental. One of the Johnston daughters married Henry Rowe Schoolcraft -- explorer, Indian agent, teacher, and ethnographer. Ozhaguscodaywayquay became one of Schoolcraft's major sources of information about Ojibway culture. In turn, Schoolcraft's ethnography provided the information used by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his epic poem, The Song of Hiawatha.
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Virginia Soetebier is a lifelong resident of the Northwoods. She is the author of two books describing life in the Great Lakes region.Sweetwater Sea Saga is her personal account of forty years of sailing upon Lake Superior, the great "Inland Sea." Her second book, Woman of the Green Glade: The Story of an Ojibway Woman on the Great Lakes Frontier, is a historical novel that chronicles the life of Ozhaguscodaywayquay, a strong Native American woman who played a pivotal role in the northern Great Lakes frontier in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Ms. Soetebier spent two years of her own youth on an Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. Later in life, her sailing brought her to many of the places that figured prominently in the life of Ozhaguscodaywayquay.