James Washburn

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Touching Spirit: The Letters Of Minominike

The unconditional love shining through a grandfather’s letters — challenges the heart of a young native Canadian.

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James Washburn was born and raised in rural Wisconsin, initiating an intimate rapport with the natural environment and life in the North Country. Drawing from his connections to native North American Indian and Inuit people, as well as a deep personal spiritual history in traditional Christianity, he weaves a story that transcends ethnicity and culture. He speaks to the universal desires of the human heart with simplicity and passion.

“Life is too important to spend it making a living” – has been Washburn’s mantra since youth. Choosing a three-decade career in education gave him time for extensive travel and experience within many of the most remote corners of North America. His appreciation for solitude and a self-reliant nature, however, belie his enthusiasm to promote an understanding of humanity’s interdependence and the unity of all people. Washburn’s education includes degrees in geography, health, and learning resources along with extensive scholarly study in historical theology and psychology. He is also an able photographer and experienced speaker. His current communion with Mother Earth has been a complete hike of the approximate 1,200 mile long Ice Age trail.


Touching Spirit: The Letters of Minominike (available for acquisition)

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(The Native American on the cover is Agoyo-tsa (Star White). He is from the Santa Clara Pueblo located in north central New Mexico. Santa Clara Pueblo was one of the Pueblo Indian people’s communities. The photo was taken by Edward Sheriff Curtis in 1908.)

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James Washburn and Robert Foster

To hear an excerpt with James Washburn (L) as Minominike Robert Foster (R) as Tulugaq Kagagi :  Touching Spirit Sample.mp3

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This is a novel that pierces the core of humanity’s longing for inner peace and releases for us the simple joy of being. The letters of Minominike bring insight and encouragement to reside in the reality of transcendent love.

With the drowning of his parents in 1928, a white infant is orphaned in the pristine environment of the northern boreal forest of Canadian. Tulugaq Kagagi is lovingly accepted into the home of a childless Ojibwa/Inuit couple, Peepeelee and James. He leaves their home in his teens to continue schooling at seminary in the south. The next thirty years of his life is spent in traditional religious vocation. During this time, the enfolding of Spirit, its peace and presence slowly fade from his life.

In midlife, upon his adoptive father’s death, he returns to the cabin of his childhood and rediscovers the letters written in the vernacular of his grandfather, Minominike. His religious education and worldview is challenged by the unconditional love and truth expressed within the pages. As he reads the words of this old man’s life, his heart is returned to a time of embrace and spiritual oneness that he has not known in decades. Feeling the wind of the Spirit and sensing the inner whisper of a still, small voice, meaning and love are again awakened in his heart.

Through the writing of one man and the inner thoughts of another, we, too, live through wrenching pain and revitalizing joy and peace. From death to life-giving ecstasy, we follow the life journeys of two men separated by generations and culture as they find meaning and rest for their souls. We are allowed to travel with him on a path of revelation as he opens his heart to the unity and benevolence surrounding us all.

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In midlife, upon his adoptive father’s death, he returns to the cabin of his childhood and rediscovers the letters written in the vernacular of his grandfather, Minominike. His religious education and worldview is challenged by the unconditional love and truth expressed within the pages. As he reads the words of this old man’s life, his heart is returned to a time of embrace and spiritual oneness that he has not known in decades. Feeling the wind of the Spirit and sensing the inner whisper of a still, small voice, meaning and love are again awakened in his heart.

Through the writing of one man and the inner thoughts of another, we, too, live through wrenching pain and revitalizing joy and peace. From death to life-giving ecstasy, we follow the life journeys of two men separated by generations and culture as they find meaning and rest for their souls. We are allowed to travel with him on a path of revelation as he opens his heart to the unity and benevolence surrounding us all.

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