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Cathedral Book Group
September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
19 26, 2021, 1 P.M., via Zoom NOTE: moved to the THIRD Sunday of the month, due to the Ministry Fair on September 12.
Now moved again, to the FOURTH Sunday, due to the funeral of Matt Briggs.
We’ll discuss Louise Erdrich’s The Night Watchman (2020), the story of one man’s determination to defeat a Congressional attempt to abrogate treaties between Native American nations and the U.S. government. The event is real, although the characters Erdrich creates in her story are fictional. However, the “night watchman” of the story is based on Erdrich’s grandfather, who did enlist members of his Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribe to help oppose House Concurrent Resolution 108 in 1953.
Through the many characters Erdrich introduces, she shows us the values and characteristics of tribal life: the symbiotic relationship between the Indigenous people and the natural world, their poverty but their love for their culture and traditions. She has fun with the uptight Mormon missionaries whose religious beliefs make little sense to their native spirituality. Each of her many characters widens our sense of the Indigenous life of the Chippewa (Ojibwe).