Algonquin Legacy starts out about 15 years after the Battle of Crow Wing River where the combined allies of the Anishinaabe had fought the powerful nation of the Lakota in the Lakota home lands. The b
Algonquin Legacy starts out about 15 years after the Battle of Crow Wing River where the combined allies of the Anishinaabe had fought the powerful nation of the Lakota in the Lakota home lands. The battle ended abruptly when there was a solar eclipse of the sun. This was an actual event that took place on July 16th 1330 from 1:03 to 3:10 PM in the area where they were fighting. The warriors on both sides thought it was a omen and both parties retreated.
•When the Anishinaabe returned to their village the decision was made to go towards the western sun to settle. This decision came at great cost to the surviving family unit of the late Omàmiwinini (Algonquin) leader Mahingan. His son and daughter and the great Mi´kmaq warrior, Crazy Crow went to the west with the Anishinaabe and Mahingan's wife and nephews along with their wives, friends and his brother Mitigomij the greatest warrior of them all who was also a shape shifter travelled back to their homelands along the Kitcisìpi Kitchi (Ottawa River). This split up a very strong family.
Algonquin Legacy now finds the Anishinaabe people and their allies, who had come with them from the Eastern Lands of Turtle Island, now living in what is now Manitoba. They have made quick allies with their old trading partners the Omashkiigoo the Cree. Their languages, plus people have become inter webbed in marriage, hunting and warfare against the Ayaaj—inini (Blackfoot).
The opening chapter finds Anokì the son of Mahingan hunting with his two children Wâpikwan (wah—pi—kwan — Flower) and Môso (moo—so - Moose). Their mother is a Cree woman whose name is Osk—îskwêw (Young Woman). In this chapter the three of them have to survive an early winter blizzard with ingenuity and good luck.
•Upon their return they have found that their good friend Eli'tuat Ga´qaquis (ga—ah - gooch el— e—do—what: Crazy Crow) has been captured by the Blackfoot.
The story continues from here with Crazy Crow's rescue, plus an unexpected reunion.
Crazy Crow makes a new friend, a Cheyenne Dog Soldier, Ók?hkevó'omaestse (Oak—key—whoa—a—mast) known as White Crow and a new fierce enemy Ííksspitaawa Kiááyo (iik—sspitaa—wa ke—i—o: He is Very Tall Bear) the leader of a group of Blackfoot people.
The story takes the reader into a Blackfoot village as they try to survive a fierce winter and then go on a buffalo hunt in the spring.
The Blackfoot and Anishinaabe survive a tornado with one group suffering more than the other.
This novel continues on in the tradition of the previous three with Native languages in the vernacular, teachings about the culture of that era, hunting practices and how they lived day to day. Live before the Europeans, before the Four Horsemen of the Native Apocalypse came into their lives; Disease, Alcohol, Guns and Religion.
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Rick was born in Smith Falls Ontario. He worked for Nortel for 30 years, retiring in 2002. He belongs to the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation. His early years were spent in Wilton and Odessa Ontario. He lived for 32 years in Glenburnie Ontario and since 2019 in Napanee, Ontario. He has a Black Belt in Judo. In the 70's and early 80's he coached softball, winning two Intermediate and one Junior A Ontario Championship. He also coached at 3 Canadian Championships. Rick is in the Loyalist Township Sports Hall of Fame.
I Am Algonquin (2013), Algonquin Spring (2015), Algonquin Sunset (2017) were published by Dundurn Press. Crossfield Publishing of St Mary's Ontario is publishing the final novel of the series Algonquin Legacy that will come out sometime in 2021.The series takes place on both sides of the St Lawrence River Valley and the Great Lakes and to the Rocky Mountains during the years of 1320 to 1350's. It follows an Algonquin Native family unit as they fight to survive in the harsh climate of warfare, survival from the elements and the constant quest for food of this pre—contact era. His readers are introduced to the Algonquin, Anishinaabe, Lakota, Mi´kmaq, Mohawk, and Lak?óta, languages as they are used in the vernacular in the four novels.
The books are read in Native Studies classes across Canada.
Rick is currently working on a novel called The Elk Whistle Warrior Society.