Killing the Shamen is the story of the Sandy Lake Cree of northwestern Ontario and their clash with the Canadian criminal justice system in 1907. Jack Fiddler, shaman and leader, together with his brother, Joseph Fiddler, were charged with murder in the death of a possessed woman who had become a windigo. The two men were taken to Norway House in Manitoba for trial. This compelling story is told through the words of several Cree Elders who in 1971 began a search for the truth with the author, James R. Stevens.
Legends From The Forest is a collection of 34 traditional stories from Sandy Lake Cree storytellers gathered by James R. Stevens. Chief Thomas Fiddler who was in his eighties when the book was published in 1985 tells most of the stories. Other storytellers include Edward Rae, Titus Goodman, Thomas Linklater, and Abel Fiddler. The stories are organized around key cultural heroes such as Weesakayjac, and later historical figures such as the Yorkboat men, Young Lad, Man Always Sitting, and the Marten.
Sacred Legends is a reprint of the original 1971 McClelland and Stewart text published under the title, Sacred Legends of the Sandy Lake Cree. Carl Ray (1942-1978) was from the Sandy Lake Reserve in northwestern Ontario. He was a well-known Woodland style artist and was a member of the Indian Group of Seven, who painted in this style. Carl Ray translated the traditional stories collected from Sandy Lake Cree elders, Abraham Mamakeesick, Monias Fiddler, John Goodman, William Mamakeesick, and St. John Kakekagumick. The stories are organized around themes and key culture heroes.