The Round House

The round house (the novel’s namesake) is a structure on the reservation that is used for Chippewa religious ceremonies and celebrations. According to Mooshum, Nanapush built the round house to resemble the body of…

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In the book’s opening, during the afternoon of Geraldine’s rape, Joe and Bazil uproot seedlings that had begun to grow into their house’s foundation, causing the concrete to crumble. As Joe completes the task…

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