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Michigan and the Great Lakes

Sweetwater, Storms, and Spirits

Stories of the Great Lakes
Selected and Edited by Victoria Brehm


Indian legends, shipping tales, folklore, and myths spanning the last 150 years are gathered together for the first time in this collection of Great Lakes maritime stories. The presence of Indian culture, the unpredictable climate, the dangerous closeness of the shoreline, and the bloody history of shipping on the Lakes contribute greatly to the uniqueness of maritime literature on the Lakes.

Sweetwater, Storms, and Spirits will appeal to those interested in both Native American literature and history and Great Lakes maritime history, and to those who simply enjoy a good maritime tale. The collection is a seabag of different kinds of stories, myths, and tales that together create a picture of life as it has been lived on the Great Lakes.

Praise / Awards

  • "What binds this collection together is a continuing effort to make sense of placeto examine, to explain, to understand the interplay between people and the lakes that make up a freshwater sea in the midst of a continent." Philip V. Scarpino, Indiana Magazine of History

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Map     xi
Introduction     1
Editor's Note     18

Masters and Men
Out of the Trough, Ralph Emberg     23
Helmsmen on Lake Erie, Anonymous     38
A Gold-Headed Cane, Walter Havighurst     44
The Bosun's Chair, George Vukelich     61

St. Elmo's Fire
A Lake Huron Ghost Story, Anonymous     85
From Scenes on Lake Huron, A North American     93
Nanabushu Swallowed by the Sturgeon, Ojibwa Myth Collected by William Jones     112
Now Great-Lynx, Ojibwa Story Collected by William Jones     119
The Snow Wassett, Anonymous: Collected by Ivan H. Walton     122
An Anchor in a Graveyard, C.H.J. Snider     125

The Origin of the White Fish, Ojibwa Myth Collected by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft     141
The Fish Pirates, James Oliver Curwood     146
The Sturgeon, George Vukelich     172

Lighthouses and Lockkeepers
Ballast Island, Constance Fenimore Woolson     199
The Fall of the Lighthouse, Frances Ward Hurlbut     229
Geraniums, Dean Eltham     233

White Squall

Getting Bounty from the English, Menomini Story Collected by Leonard Bloomfield     251
The Deep Water Mate, Norman Reilly Raine     255
The Survival of the Fittest, Morgan Robertson     274
From November Storm, Jay McCormick     295

Bibliography     335
Biographical Notes     337

Product Details

  • 5-1/2 x 8.
  • 352pp.
  • illustrations, map.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 1991
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-08151-6

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  • $20.95 U.S.