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Book aims to educate readers on Algonquin people
Set in 1305 in pre European North America, Revelle uses quite a bit of traditional Omamawinni language in the book, with many characters, places, and animals are referred to by their Omamawinni names. Though the main goal of any novelist is enjoyment of their work, Revelle would be pleased if people learned about the Algonquin traditions and language while reading his book.
currently in the works for potential translation into both French and Algonquin. There is also a big push to publish the book in Germany, where North American native culture is surprisingly popular.
"Research was difficult because there isn't a lot of information on the Woodland Natives," he explained. "There was really only one book, The Champlain Chronicles, and it speaks mostly about the Hurons. You really have to dig around. I used the Internet a lot but you have to verify that information from other sources."
(oh mah winny), the traditional name for Algonquin people of the Ottawa Valley, he wanted it to be as historically accurate as possible.
Revelle has received about a dozen pre reviews, and he says they range from excellent to critical, but that those that are critical seem to get hung up on the usage of proper Algonquin vernacular. He is including a glossary and translation page to make reading easier, and the book is Nike Air Vapormax All White
When Rick Revelle, a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nations, set out to tell the story of the day to day life of the Omamawinni Nike Vapormax Blue
buy my book, it will delight me if they can then say to someone I now have a better understanding of the Algonquin People, their language and their culture."
"Using Algonquin language was kind of a hook, because it's a dying language," Revelle said. "Some reviews have said it reads like a textbook, but that's fine with me. For the people that do Nike Vapormax Flyknit Red
"We're looking to get it published in Algonquin, but the grant from the government is tied to book sales, so we'll see how that goes," he explained. "There's also about 60,000 people in Germany that like to dress up and 'play native' on a regular basis, so if things go well it may get published there too."
The story is told from the perspective of Chief Mahingan, Algonquin for "wolf," who resides in what is now the Ottawa area with his wife and family of around sixty men, women and children. Telling in painstaking detail how the Omamawinni lived, from how they made bug spray to traditional ceremonies to lore about shapeshifting and spiritual powers, I Am Algonquin outlines the harsh and trying conditions of life in the 1300s.
Although he aims to sell many copies of the novel, Revelle said that is not his main goal. Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Navy "For the people that do buy my book, it will delight me if they can then say to someone, I now have a better understanding of the Algonquin People, their language and their culture, he said.
Part of the impetus to write the book, says Revelle, was the overall lack of information out there about the Algonquin people and their traditions.
"I had a hard time not letting him take over the book, to be honest, Revelle said of Mitigomij. very fond of his character. I wanted to write him strong because I want to show handicapped people they can accomplish anything, and represent the reverence the Native people show for their handicapped people."
"It's heavy on survival and warfare," he explained, "There's a really good lacrosse game in there that lasts for two days and is really vicious. It's basically day to day living and survival in what were often brutal conditions."
One of the main characters in the story is Mitigomij, which means "red oak," who is Mahingan's brother in law. A fierce warrior who is feared by his enemies and friends alike, Mitigomij also has a club foot. Revelle wrote the character as a strong, respected warrior because he wanted to represent handicapped people in a positive light, as the native peoples have always treated their handicapped with love and respect. He says only now is modern society catching up in regards to the proper treatment of their handicapped citizens that has always been present in native culture.
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