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Chapter 1 – Turning of Leaves Fall, 1933 – Nettle Stalk Harvest Moon An Ojibwa elder - named Two Rivers, was alone in a canoe that drifted lazily on Lake Vermillion. He had watched close to ninety winters come and go, and his body was beginning to show the hardships it had endured. His knobby knees and pointy elbows protruded from limbs extending out from a battle tested torso. Impossibly high cheekbones gave his face a kind of nobility usually reserved for the legendary Chiefs carved out of folklore. Each limb showed multiple scars, most of which had been earned in dangerous encounters as an adult leader, and earlier on, from the wild escapades of youth. The years had made him without equal as a shaman and a warrior. His was a life that had been hardened by inevitable collisions with authority, and by the determined stride over the many rugged trails he had chosen to walk, many times alone, all times cautious. Deep grooves of age wrinkled a sunburned face, upon closer inspection, smile lines could be seen along his mouth, which were surely the result of an easy grin and a sly sense of humour. Tangled strands of long white hair draped over still broad shoulders and caused him appear almost wizardly, which when one considered his gifts as a conjurer was probably somewhat appropriate. Pleasant looking except for a dirty cloth-bandage over his left eye, he now showed the distance that went with the years. The injury to his eye had occurred roughly thirty winters ago, as a result of having been stalked, and almost eaten alive by the elusive, near extinct Bear/Wolf creature. The broken collarbone earned in the fight with the same animal had only taken a few weeks to mend and now – despite his age, he could still swing an axe with the best of them. But the eyesight on Two Rivers’ left side had never fully recovered and many seasons were spent nearly blind. Having a patch over his eye did nothing to lessen the pride and dignity of the face – for such was the character and fierce determination of the man. As his father had said during his lessons, 24

Hunters & Hearts Excerpt  

The adventures of legendary University of Minnesota and Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Coach, Emil Iverson, an Ojibwa Shaman named Two Rivers, and...

Hunters & Hearts Excerpt  

The adventures of legendary University of Minnesota and Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Coach, Emil Iverson, an Ojibwa Shaman named Two Rivers, and...