Digging For Philip
Great Plains Publications
On his mother’s island in Lake of the Woods, lonely, bullied by neighbouring young people, and unhappy, Philip digs up a mound and unleashes the spirit of an Anishinaabe who was buried there two centuries before. The angry spirit forces Philip to perform ceremonies for Natives, victims of colonization who are unable to travel to the Land of Souls. Both Philip and the spirit are filled with contempt for each other’s race, and both have to learn tolerance and forgiveness.
By mid-book it seems that stereotypes are taking over, where Native equals Good and White equals Evil, but further along Jackson-Davis strikes a better balance. Digging for Philip ends with an emotive description of forgiveness and healing. mRb