18. Is There an Indigenous Gothic?

  1. Charles L. Crow
  1. Michelle Burnham

Published Online: 13 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118608395.ch18

A Companion to American Gothic

A Companion to American Gothic

How to Cite

Burnham, M. (2013) Is There an Indigenous Gothic?, in A Companion to American Gothic (ed C. L. Crow), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118608395.ch18

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 25 NOV 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470671870

Online ISBN: 9781118608395



  • Native American literature;
  • Native American gothic;
  • indigenous gothic;
  • First Nations gothic;
  • windigo;
  • witchery;
  • Indian ghosts


This essay surveys scholarship on the role of the American Indian within settler gothic fiction, and outlines the later production of gothic literature by Native American writers in both the United States and Canada. While critically engaging with the traditions and conventions of an earlier Euro-American gothic, however, such fiction also employs indigenous sources of gothic sensation, such as traditional stories about the windigo among the northern Algonquin. This essay argues that histories of American gothic can be enlarged and enriched by recognizing such indigenous contributions to the form.