He begins the novel with a mystery but also gives readers some background concerning the main character Cork. Cork grew up with a very wise American Indian elder to guide him in the ways of the woods. This character also teaches him about the mysteries associated with the Minnesota forest, and the windigo element that continues throughout this novel.
Other Ojibwe American Indian symbols found in this book:
Sweat lodge, Sauna, genocide, gambling, buffalo, casino, hunting, courage, bravery