Lulu’s Ojibwe husband and Gerry Nanapush’s father. Moses lives on an island away from the reservation, and no matter what Lulu does, she cannot talk him into leaving the island for life on the reservation. Like Eli and Nanapush, Moses speaks the “old language” and lives a traditional Native lifestyle. Lulu is drawn to Moses after she leaves the residential school and is hungry for her culture and language, but she ultimately is not happy living Moses’s isolated life on the island, and she soon leaves him for another man. Moses represents “old-time traditional” Ojibwe culture within the novel, and he manages to maintain his Native identity despite the widespread whitewashing of modern American society.
Moses Pillager Character Timeline in Love Medicine
The timeline below shows where the character Moses Pillager appears in Love Medicine. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Red Convertible
The Good Tears Part 1
The Good Tears Part 2