Book blurbs for July 11
“Talking Sky: Ojibwe Constellations as a Reflection of Life on the Land”
Local tie: Authors live in Duluth and the publishing company is in Duluth. Carl Gawboy is a retired professor of American Indian studies at the College of St. Scholastica. Ron Morton is a professor emeritus in the department of geological and environmental sciences at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Synopsis: The authors take the reader on a journey of discovery and storytelling as they explore the night sky of the Ojibwe. From the important seasonal constellations (Moose, Panther, Wintermaker and Nanaboujou) through wandering wolves, flying skeletons and brave fisher, to meteors and comets, the authors, for the first time in print, bring to life the sky world of a northern people. A world that reflected not only the four seasons of the Ojibwe, but also their traditions, religion, stories, science and day-to-day living on and with planet Earth.
In an easy-to-read and conversational manner, Gawboy and Morton describe Ojibwe constellations, tell the important stories about them, discuss their importance to the Ojibwe people and explore their connection to the pictographs found throughout the Canadian Shield.
Combining natural science and a Native people’s holistic vision of the night sky, the authors show how the Ojibwe used their observations of the heavens to not only explain events on the land, but also to create marvelous stories of great cultural and practical importance.
Publisher: Rockflower Press
“Discover Bayfield, Wisconsin — A Walk Up Washington Avenue, Volume 1— self-guided walk”
Author: Virginia Hirsch
Local tie: The author lives in and the book is about Bayfield.
Synopsis: Bayfield Ghosts and History Walks has released their first self-guided walking tour of the city. This is a five-block tour of Bayfield’s first “Main” street. Beginning on the Lake Superior shore and ending at the old Bayfield Courthouse, the current home of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitor’s Center, the book details 16 sites of historic and contemporary interest along with historic photos supplied by the Bayfield Heritage Association.