Island Treasure, The Apostle Islands Secret of the Anishinabe
The Apostle Islands archipelago in Lake Superior is the scene of deception and controversy surrounding the Hermit Island Casino when a discovery is made that could change the islands forever.
Retired lawyer and sailor, Jake Kingsley and friends encounter unexpected violence and murder. Ancient mystical religious rites are involved. They end up fighting to save the Apostle Islands themselves! More
The historic Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is the scene of deception and controversy surrounding the Hermit Island Casino, an Indian Gaming Casino owned by the Chequamegon Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, when a discovery is made that could change the Islands forever.
Retired lawyer and sailor, Jake Kingsley, and his friends Professor Charles Stanton and the Hansons agree to help Band members Pete Cadotte and Mary Pelletier to come to the aid of the Casino. They encounter unexpected violence and murder. Ancient mystical religious rites are involved. They end up fighting to preserve a secret the Chequamegon Band's Medé priests have protected for generations and save the Apostle Islands themselves!
From beginning to end, the characters face difficult questions:
1. Old Michael Cadotte: How will the Anishinabe secret by protected? …and will it?
2. Mary Pelletier: Can she find out if the Casino is being cheated and, if so, fix it?
3. Chiefs Buffalo and Nagahnub: Can they assist the Indian Agents and persuade the other chiefs to agree to the much needed treaty?
4. The Chequamegon Medé priests: Can they protect Chequamegon lands and can they hide the secret from the white man?
5. Jake Kingsley: How can he help the Casino? Can he really be of much help? His business is, or was, the law. The law may not provide a solution here. Maybe something other than the law is needed. What? How? Will it succeed?
6. The Manidog of the Islands: What can or should they do to protect the secret, the Anishinabe and the Islands?
This is a story that takes place in the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior's Wisconsin South Shore. It is fictional. The characters are fictional, save a few historical figures whose names are repeated here.
The area of the Apostles is very real, however, and more beautiful than it is possible to describe with words here by this author. The area is often referred to simply as the "Chequamegon" (pronounced "she-wam-i-gon" or just "shwam-i-gon"). The author has taken a few liberties with the topography, the surroundings and the history, but hopefully not so much that it will be terribly noticeable or interfere with the imaginations of those intimately familiar with the Islands and surrounding territory.
Beginning with the Prologue and ending with the Epilogue, the story, itself, is told in four parts;
Part One: The Anishinabe (1854 - 1861)
Part Two: Indian Gaming (20th Century)
Part Three: The Hermit Island Resort & Casino (The Present)
Part Four: Island Treasure (The Present)
The Anishinabe were first in these islands, dubbed Les Isles des Apôtres by the early French missionaries. They were on Lake Superior well before Christopher Columbus discovered America in the late Fifteenth Century. By the late seventeenth century they had settled in the Chequamegon and were discovered there by those French missionaries as early as 1641. The Anishinabe lived a semi-nomadic annual subsistence economy along the shores of Kitchigami, from the maple sugar groves in the spring to the winter hunt, from the Putting Away Snow Shoes Moon in early April to the Leaves Falling Moon in October and beyond to the still of snow-covered winter. They did have Medéwewin or Mystic Doings Societies. Their Medé priests did stay in contact with the lesser manidog, or gods. Their existence did revolve entirely around their woodland environment . . . until the white man came.