|About the Book|
All Gone Widdun is a novel about William Cormacks quest to save the Beothuk Indians of Newfoundland, his love for Shawnawdithit, a young Beothuk woman, and the tragedy of her life and the lives of her people. Based on historical accounts, the story is told in the alternating voices of Cormack, a Scottish merchant, and Shawnawdithit, whom Cormack brought to his home in St. Johns to study Most of the major events in the novel are based on accounts in James P. Howleys classic, The Beothucks or Red Indians: the aboriginal inhabitants of Newfoundland, and Ingborg Marshalls A History and Ethnography of the Beothuk. Nearly all the named characters - with a few notable exceptions - were real people. Their personalities have been fictionalized. How they felt about themselves, each other and what happened is a matter of conjecture. Copies of Shanawdithits drawings are placed at appropriate points in the narrative. *Widdun: Beothuk word for sleep, euphemism for death.