WINDIGO: AN ANTHOLOGY OF FACT AND FANTASTIC FICTION
Edited by John Robert Colombo.
Volume 11 Number 2.
The origin of the Windigo is rooted in the beliefs of the Algonkian Indians of Canada. It has been depicted as a malevolent being, a monster with a cannibalistic penchant and capable of inflicting the same horrible trait on its victims. In Windigo: An Anthology of Fact and Fantastic Fiction, John Robert Colombo has compiled a rich and diverse collection of passages, legends, short stories, and poems of this fearsome creature.
The anthology spans just over three centuries, from the 1630s to the 1970s and features more than forty accounts by a variety of luminaries from Canada's cultural fabric including contributions from explorers David Thompson and Samuel Hearne, artists Paul Kane and Norval Morriseau, historians Diamond Jenness and Pierre Berton, poets George Bowering and William Henry Drummond, and many more.
Windigo is attractively bound and contains six interesting black-and-white reproductions that enhance the enjoyment and meaning of the anthology.
Perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay this fascinating-even scary-book, is to note the difficulty I had retrieving it from my thirteen-year-old son, in order to review it. Highly recommended for grades 7 and up.
Gene Mullan, Widdifleld S. S., North Bay, ON.
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