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The Woman who Married the Snow

by Ken Altabef

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Interesting ghost story from with the Inuit shaman Ulrik. ( )
  capiam1234 | Aug 21, 2013 |
“The Woman Who Married the Snow” by Ken Altabef describes one of the more eventful days in the life of the shaman Ulruk. Members of his tribe discover the body of a man named Toonookyah, lost five winters ago, frozen in the lake water. The grief of Toonookyah’s widow is renewed at the sight of her dead husband, and she begs Ulruk to do something. Moved to compassion, Ulruk thinks to give her closure with her husband by calling the spirit of the snow to help. Toonookyah animates, but not with his long-gone spirit—with the spirit of the snow, and with all the attendant emotions of snow—meaning, none at all.

This is a rich, atmospheric tale of the interaction of spirits amongst both living and dead. It’s also a story of the consequences of unintelligent choices. I appreciated the writer’s impeccable voice and the glimpse into a tribal culture, but felt indifferent about the characters and the story itself—I’m pretty sure this is a matter of personal preference, though.
 
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