Gerry B's Book Reviews

Legends Of the Nahanni Valley by Hammerson Peters

A fascinating history of a region as told by its myths and legends.

 

 

A non-fiction exploring some of Northern Canada’s greatest forgotten mysteries- the stories and legends surrounding the watershed of the South Nahanni River.

Deep in the heart of the Canadian North lies a mysterious valley shrouded in legend. Lured by tales of lost gold, prospectors who enter it tend to lose their heads or vanish without a trace. Some say that the valley is cursed- haunted by an evil spirit whose wailings echo in the canyons. Others claim that it is home to monsters- relics of its prehistoric past. What secrets could the valley be hiding? What mysteries lie buried beneath its misty shroud?

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Review by Gerry Burnie

My motto, and my firm belief, is that Canada has a rich and colourful history that is waiting to be discovered.

Doing his best to rectify this shortcoming is a prolific Canadian writer – and fiddler – Hammerson Peters. Peters has several books covering a variety of topics, from ‘Legends of the Nahanni valley’ and ‘Mysteries of Canada,’ to that perennial conundrum ‘Oak Island.’

The Nahanni Valley is (and has been) a place of mystery well before Europeans arrived on its doorstep. The Natives of the region – the Dene, etc. – have for centuries talked about the monsters and evil spirits that inhabited this mist-shrouded locale, as well as the fierce Nahanni tribe apparently led by a white queen.

White men too have their own tales of headless prospectors being found and of a lost mine that is somewhere in the valley.

At over 500 pages (divided into sixteen tales) this is a major work, yet it never bogs down or exhausts the senses, and – what I like about it – it can be picked up and put down without losing the trend; which is a fascinating history of a region as told by its myths and legends.

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May 19, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

   

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