This breathtaking film and book reveals
Lake Superior as a world belonging to the gods. The human experience
here is one of challenge- our attempts to exploit this place have
left ghost towns and other fading marks on these wild and rugged shores.
Rare archival footage and photographs, voices from the past, stunning
cinematography and a haunting score enrich these compelling sagas.
The book includes over 200 sites, maps and archival photographs.
96pp.photos & illus.sc 1999
book and video package $49.95
book $24.95 and video $29.95
About the book and video...
An inland ocean of incredible power, Superior is
an ancient and mysterious dwelling place for the gods. Its spirit
rises far above that of an ordinary lake. Explorers, dreamers, and
industrialists moved in to plunder and possess, but Superior took
them all to task.
In Superior: Under the Shadow of the Gods,
the history of the lake's Canadian shore is explored in all its
drama. The book is filled with compelling stories of the adventures,
failures, triumphs, and deceits of those who came to fulfill their
Tales of ghost villages, islands, shipwrecks, the
railway and POW camps will fascinate anyone intrigued by the world's
largest freshwater lake. For those travelling by land or by water,
the book's 200 sites, maps and archival photographs will enrich
your journey from Sault Ste. Marie past Thunder Bay to the Minnesota
The accompanying 72-minute video takes you to places
on this magnificent lake you might otherwise never see. Superior's
past and present come alive through remarkable 16mm and aerial photography,
archival footage and photographs. The film is about the human experience
on Lake Superior. It is about the ancient gods who still haunt these
water and rocky headland. And it is a celebration of the mythic
To read highlights from the book click on title
- Superior Shoal, an under
water graveyard--a mountain whose peak, lurking just under
the surface of the water directly in the shipping lanes, was only
discovered in the 1930s. It is likely responsible for many unaccountable
ship disappearances over the years
- German P.O.W. Camps--Superior's
rough and rugged North Shore made escape far worse than imprisonment.
- Silver Islet Mine--
Built on an 90-foot island, hundreds of men worked over a thousand
feet under the lake in this dangerous location.
- The Long March--"Two
hundered miles of engineering impossibilities" --Van Horne's comment
was about building the Superior portion of the Canadian Pacific
Railway. Railway construction along this rugged shore nearly bankrupted
the country, and our national railway "from sea to sea" almost
didn't happen. That was until Van Horn pitched a wild plan, a
plan that jeapordised the lives Canadian soldiers.
Gloriously visual and absorbing. It sets out to
show that the history of Lake Superior is filled with drama and
there's plenty of spectacle here. Superior is a superior
--John Doyle, The Globe and Mail
A startlingly dramatic documentary about the lost
communities of Lake Superior. The photography is so gorgeous it
will keep you watching, but the surprize is the story holds up right
to the end...brilliant cinematography...imaginative direction.
--Jim Bawden, The Toronto Star
The Video and Book
Their ability to present our history in lively and
vivid terms serves them well in both book and video. Lake Superior's
history is an ambitious project to take on, but these historians
and cinematographers have performed brilliantly.
--Linda Turk, The Chronicle-Journal, Thunder
To research the book, and to produce a 72-minute
companion video, the authors and filmmakers travelled by boat along
the entire Canadian coast of the lake to collect stories and images,
and to complete their research...The result is a remarkable collection
of stories that shed light on the past of six regions from Sault
Ste. Marie on the St. Mary's River to the US border past Thunder
Bay at Pigeon River.
--Laszlo Buhasz, Travel Section, The Globe and
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