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I Am Algonquin

An Algonquin Quest Novel, Book 1

 

This book paints a vivid picture of the original peoples of North America before the arrival of Europeans. The novel follows the story of Mahingan and his family as they live the traditional Algonquin way of life in what is now Ontario in the early 14th century. Along the way we learn about the search for moose and the dramatic rare woodland buffalo hunt, conflicts with other Native nations, and the dangers of wolves and wolverines. We also witness the violent game of lacrosse, the terror of a forest fire, and the rituals that allow Algonquin boys to be declared full-grown men.

 

But warfare is also part of their lives, and signs point to a defining conflict between Mahingan's nation, its allies the OmÓmiwinini (Algonquin), Ouendat (Huron), and the Nippissing against the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). The battle's aftermath may open the door to future journeys by Mahingan and his followers.

 

Reviews:  I Am Algonquin

"Revelle makes good use of cliffhangers; that is, he poses a question at the end of each chapter to pique readers' interest and lead them to read on. Action scenes alternate with quieter ones and with passages of information. Indeed, I Am Algonquin contains such a wealth of information that anyone teaching this period might consider using it as a textbook." ~Canadian Materials magazine June 21, 2013

 

"...I found I Am Algonquin by Rick Revelle to be a fascinating look at the life style of the Algonquin Indians during the 14th century. The story follows a war leader called Mahingan and his small tribe as they hunt game, meet and make peace with their allies of the Nippissing and Huron nations, and battle their fiercest enemies, the Iroquois. Told in a straight forward, factual style the reader gathers a lot of information about this tribe whose territory consisted of large parts of the eastern woodlands that today make up Ontario and Quebec."  ~Judith Scott

 


 

About the author:  

Rick Revelle was born in Smiths Falls, Ontario. He is part of the Loyalist Township Sports Hall of Fame for softball and holds a black belt in Judo. He is a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation.

 

"I am a Native Canadian Algonquin and love writing about the Native way of life pre-European. I am an avid golfer, playing ever day. I write in the winter and read for research during the summer. I just finished the White and the Gold by Thomas B. Costain (Finished July 2013).  I have been retired for eleven years. Retiring at age 50 not doing anything of any consequence since then. I have my black belt in Judo and in my twenties and thirty's I coached softball winning three Provincial Championships and going to three Canadian Championships. I live in Glenburnie Ontario a small rural community north of Kingston. I grew up in the Odessa, Wilton area. Just a small town boy with Native Echos."

 

Age Range: 12 - 15 years

Series: An Algonguin Quest Novel (Book 1)

Paperback: 280 pages

Publisher: Dundurn (November 30, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1459707184

ISBN-13: 978-1459707184

Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.9 inches

Shipping Weight: 7 ounces

$12.99 + s/h


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