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?


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

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