Isle Royale Reflection
"At the Dassler Cabin, fetching and filtering my water, chopping firewood, reading by lantern light, and falling asleep to the sounds of lapping lake waves, I centered on the essentials of living. I didn’t feel solitary for long, ever more aware of birdsong and wildlife rustlings as I walked the island, of drifting waterfowl whenever I canoed. I was simply another passerby in their neighborhood. Occasionally I would speak to a moose or a loon or a white-throated sparrow, but most of the time I was silent, my thoughts focused on the trails and the landscape they passed through.
About the Artist
Robert Root was an Artist-in-Residence at Isle Royale National Park from July 16th to July 31st, 1993. Drawing on his research on Isle Royale copper mining history, he edited “Time By Moments Steals Away: The 1848 Journal of Ruth Douglass (1998) and later wrote the scholarly memoir Recovering Ruth: A Biographer’s Tale (2003), named a 2004 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. With Jill Burkland, then Executive Director of the Isle Royale Natural History Association, he also edited The Island Within Us: Isle Royale Artists in Residence 1991-1998 (2000), which won the 2002 National Parks Service Cooperating Association Interpretive Media Award, and Diaries of an Isle Royale Fisherman by Elling Seglem (2002). His essay “Thinking Like an Island” was published in Isle Royale from the AIR: Poems, Stories, and Songs from 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence, edited by Phillip Sterling (2017).
Last updated: December 13, 2019