Sleeping Island

Overview

Prentice G. “Spike” Downes (1909–1959) was an American school teacher and author, who travelled by canoe to explore the Great Barren Lands and learn the ways of the Cree and Dene people. Downes’ journals record a disappearing people, and a landscape unknown to all but the Canadian natives at that time. His daughter Annie Downes Catterson said of him that he traveled a great distance “in order to learn the things of long ago.”

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Prentice G. Downes

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Prentice G. Downes

Prentice G. “Spike” Downes (1909–1959) was an American school teacher and author, who travelled by canoe to explore the Great Barren Lands and learn the ways of the Cree and Dene people. Downes’ journals record a disappearing people, and a landscape unknown to all but the Canadian natives at that time. His daughter Annie Downes Catterson said of him that he traveled a great distance “in order to learn the things of long ago.”