“My grandfather made some of the markings at Agawa.
They asked him, ‘Do you know what a soul is?’
Old Shingwauk replied, ‘I am a soul.’”
I created this website to make the history, legends and aboriginal wisdom of northern Ontario and the upper Great Lakes areas of Canada available to everyone.
I have devoted over forty years to learning the true meaning of wilderness from the Ojibwa, Algonkian, and Cree tribal elders. The native methods of successfully living in the boreal forest, along the north shore of Lake Superior, beside the North Channel of Lake Huron and across the coast of James Bay remain a priceless heritage that deserves wider understanding.
The two greatest loves of my life – after my family – are the lakes and rivers of the Temagami wilderness and the now lonely north shore of Lake Superior.
Writing books takes time. I have been working for ten years on the biography – Wisdom from an Ancient Pine – of the Lake Superior Ojibwa shaman Fred Pine. At the same time, I have been writing Secrets of the Temagami Wilderness, which contains knowledge gained from interviewing tribal elders, excavating archaeological sites and searching for archival sources about ancient life on Temagami’s rivers and lakes. So, I decided to use this website to share some of the works in progress as well as books I have in print such as Spirits on Stone and Painted Dreams.