In 1919, Niska, an old Cree medicine woman, goes to retrieve soldier Xavier Bird, who arrives back without a leg, addicted to morphine, and near death. Niska paddles Xavier home while telling him her life story, and in return he tells her of his and his friend Elijah's terrible experiences in the First World War as expert snipers. As they make the three day journey, hovering over them like a dark cloud is the Windigo, a terrible Indian spirit monster. Bestseller. Some descriptons of sex and some strong language, explicit descriptions of violence. Canada Reads 2006. 2005.
Cree Indians -- Fiction.
Indians of North America -- Canada -- Fiction.
Shamans -- Fiction.
Snipers -- Fiction.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.
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