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From the Lake Superior Regional Books by Canadian Authors James R Stevens, Wayne Pettit, Ron Wrigley. Canadian Aboriginal Artists, Eugene Morriseau, Moses Beaver, Dwayne Wabegijig, Francis Esquega and John Paul Lavand. Shipwreck maps of the Great Lakes. Aboriginal Moccasins.

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Mad Donald MacKay, written by James R Stevens
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Mad Donald MacKay, written by James R Stevens

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‘MAD’ DONALD MACKAY

    On any fine day you can see the old brown tombstone on the graveyard knoll at the Kenzieville Cemetery in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Here,  lie the long forgotten remains of ‘Mad’ Donald MacKay the notorious  18thcentury fur trader. His one hundred and eighty year old grave  marker of faded  sandstone so coated with tenacious lichen and years of winter weathering that his name is only partly legible. On the bottom of the quarried stone, barely readable, is an inscription, “Behold all ye that do pass by, remember that you all must die.” With the MacKay’s of Barneys River attending he was set there in an eternity box on a brilliant sunny June day in 1833. Some of his present ancestors say Donald was an angry man all his life. ‘Mad’ Donald, the fur trader and explorer lived eighty summers. Many would say that a man who had crossed the North Atlantic Ocean on sailing schooners nine times between 1773 and 1820 was just plain lucky. The number of times Donald MacKay faced death in the fur trade country in disputes with Indians and competing traders from the North West Company was allayed only by the ferocity of his passionate Highland temper. He would face every challenge, once threatening to fire his pistol into barrels of gunpowder to hold threatening Native trappers at bay. Starting his fur trade career with Gregory McLeod and Company in 1779, he would later become an independent trader then, labour for the North West Company before joining the Honourable Hudson Bay Company. ‘Mad’ Donald would spend 18 years exploring and trading in the American and British northwest. His travels with his country wife, the young Metis woman, Hannah Sutherland saw Donald range from the Mandan Country on the Missouri, west to Pine Island on the Saskatchewan River and north to the HBC coastal ports on Hudson Bay. Dòmhnall MacAoidh, as known to his Gaelic tongued peers, was a rugged tough man. He was a sturdy  Gael . He once walked in the freeze of a snow-bound winter from Halifax to Montreal in 1788-89. It took 69 exhausting days on snowshoes to accomplish the task. In the annals’ of Hudson Bay Company fur traders, Highlander ‘Mad’ Mackay was aggressive, feared and despised by many in his own Honourable Company as well as voyageurs from Quebec. Mackay, a former soldier was ever ready with his sword and pistols to challenge danger or any affront to his Scottish sensibilities.

    In 1830, an elderly Donald MacKay calls his family and relatives together. He will tell his life story. His grandson Seumas Mackay is at this cèilidh. A heavy question rests on his mind. What happened to his half breed grandmother, Hannah MacKay?    

USD 45.4500

ANGELIQUEABANDONED Isle Royale 1845-1846, by James R Stevens
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ANGELIQUEABANDONED Isle Royale 1845-1846, by James R Stevens

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Isle Royale 1845-1846

Angelique Mott was seventeen when she was deceived and eventually left on her own with no food to survive a frigid winter on Michigan’s famed Isle Royale. Her fight to survive is a heroic epic on the Lake Superior Frontier of 1845 and 46. James R. Stevens’ novella, based on historical fact is an emotional journey with Angelique as she starves and deals with her faith in Christianity and the spirit world of her forest people. Much of the story streams forth in the words of an old Metis grandson living alone on Madeline Island in Wisconsin. Angelique’s journey into a winter of hell begins at Sault Ste. Marie when she and her husband, Charlie Mott ride the schooner Algonquin to the shores of Isle Royale in a search for copper.

“Angelique’s story represents the essence of our true selves, and despite the intrusions of foreign doctrine. James Stevens properly portrays the powerful and mystical ways of our unique spirituality. This, the mainstay of Angelique’s survival crossed by the violent nature of humanity and of nature itself. Angelique teaches us the essential human elements…..faith in yourself and forgiveness to those who have caused so much tragedy. Little did I know that I would be so engulfed in Angelique’s harrowing life experience that I became a part of her journey in such a way that I will never forget. The book reinforces our belief system of never giving up and the power of forgiveness. This story is a must read for everyone. ”

Marlene Pierre—Ojibway Woman Activist—
Thunder Bay, Ontario

USD 16.7000

A Picasso In The North Country: The Wild Journey of Canadian Artist, Norval Morrisseau, by James R Stevens
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A Picasso In The North Country: The Wild Journey of Canadian Artist, Norval Morrisseau, by James R Stevens

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A Picasso In The North Country
The Wild Journey of Canadian Artist Norval Morrisseau - Copper Thunderbird

Hard Covered
Over 220 pages with 190 images.

An honest and revealing book about Noval Morrisseau written by James R. Stevens and authorized by the Artist, Norval Morrisseau.

The brilliant and wild painting journey of Canadian artist, Norval Morrisseau is an epic in the international world of art. Norval painted at least 10 000 images during a 45 year career marked by alcoholism and addiction. Norval was an intelligent complex man caught between an ancient forest world and a westernized industrial America. He was unschooled and born into poverty at a small hamlet on the shore of Lake Nipigon in Canada during the Great Depression of the 1930's. The odds that he would survive childhood were against him. He overcame huge obstacles in his path to command respect from all artist. His fascinating story as a painter of abandon will amuse and fluster readers as he rides his tsunami wave to fame.

Morrisseau’s genius for unifying or breaking space in his designs is astounding as is his sureness of line. It cannot be classified as primitive art because both the ideas and the expression evince cultivated thought. As this mysticism has never been recorded he is breaking new ground.
Pearl McCarthy Toronto Globe and Mail

Morrisseau is a native Canadian and his artistic career has been pursued almost entirely outside that bitchy little kingdom known as the Toronto art world—two facts that make it easy to categorize hin condesecendingly as a ‘folk’ or ‘native’ artist quite beyond the pale of serious artistic discourse. Nothing could be less true. Morrisseau’s richly symbolic, allegorical art is a direct criticism of the hedonistic, pointless New York abstract painting so popular with the Yorkville carriage trade.”
John Bentley Mays
Toronto Globe and Mail

USD 49.2500

Dead Men Flying - Travelling with the Lost in Bomber Command, by James R Stevens
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Dead Men Flying - Travelling with the Lost in Bomber Command, by James R Stevens

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The splendid Bomber Command Memorial at Green Park across from Buckingham Palace was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on June 28, 2012. It sits under an aluminum roof rescued from a WW2 Wellington bomber. The site is an overdue tribute to125000 aircrew who served, and 55,573 who were lost in operations between 1940 and 1945. The celebratory opening comes sixty-seven years after the end of World War Two. The flyers of Bomber Command are the last to receive their honour after six plus decades of being shunned by political officialdom.  

“The Allied bombings of German cities in the latter part of World War Two have their defenders and their critics. Drawing on log books, letters, diaries and official records, James R. Stevens charts the lives, thoughts and actions of five young men and others who participated in Bomber Command. Given the inherent danger of their mission, what emerges is a chronicle of deaths virtually foretold, rendered all the more poignant by the spirit and manner in which these young men met their unsung fates.”
Dr. Nancy Wood, author, “Vectors of Memory: Legacies of Trauma in Postwar Europe”
Bournemouth, UK

“James R. Stevens is a graceful and fearless writer and historian, whose books invariably address the most significant of human themes—injustice, survival, mortality, love and loss. Like his other books, Dead Men Flying, once read, will become a permanent part not just of a reader’s memory but his or her sense of what it is to be human in an oftentimes inhuman world. The book is also a passionately inscribed memorial to lost heroes—and all others who die in the fatal, futile chaos that is war”
Charles Wilkins, author, “Little Ship of Fools”
Thunder Bay, Canada

USD 25.5500

Shipwrecked - Vessels Meet Doom on the North Shore, by Ron Wrigley
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Shipwrecked - Vessels Meet Doom on the North Shore, by Ron Wrigley

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Lake Superior is the largest body of fresh water in the world, comprising 31,200 square miles of water surface. Thedeepest part of Lake Superior is approximately 1,300 feet.Darkness begins to set in at the 200-foot level, and below 350 feet the water becomes ink black.

Many vessels and human beings have met their fates on these icy waters. Seamen describe the gales on this lake as being as abad as any they’ve seen in the world. Eyewitness accounts tell of the killing waves, blinding snowstorms and the bone-chilling coldness of the water. Many people survived these shipwrecks only to die of exposure on some bleak and barren Superior shore. For all Superior’s beauty, it takes a special breed of man to make his living on this unpredictable lake.

On the following pages you will learn of the acts of heroism by captains and seamen alike, who were responsible for saving many lives, by risking their own.

I have written this book to fill what is an obvious gap in the history of shipwrecks in Lake Superior. Many books have described in great detail the wrecks that have occurred in other parts of the lake, but none have written of the sorrow, hardships, and heroism of those in northern Lake Superior.

In researching this book, I have referred to many sources, from old newspaper reports to official government inquiries to find out the circumstances of each wreck. From these sources

I have put together what I believe is the most probable account of the doom of each vessel. Each piece of source material that I have used plus others that I found very interesting have been included in my bibliography for those who wish to research further the wrecks of northern Lake Superior.

This book has been written for both the historian and the scuba diver, for only those wrecks that remain beneath the surface of Lake Superior have been included.

I have tried to include every known wreck in northern Lake Superior, but I have excluded a few where little or no information was available or where there was some doubt as to whether or not the wreck had been salvaged.

I hope everyone who reads this book will enjoy it as much as I did in researching and writing it. Shipwrecked

USD 19.0000


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