|Born in rural Manitoba in 1935, I first moved to Winnipeg in 1942. Even so, I took every chance to spend time back in the country with relatives during school vacations. In days before electricity, good roads and so many other amenities we take for granted today, the lure of the country still drew me back in happy anticipation. Big stands of poplar trees with their leaves rustling in the breezes seemed to whisper secrets of the forest and all it’s mystery, filling my imagination.In 1976 my wife and I moved back on to our own acreage close enough to commute to my city job. This place too had its poplar grove that gave us many pleasurable hours. It was here that storytelling around a bond fire on warm summer nights became a habit.As grandchildren came along and became curious about life, they would ask many questions and pose all sorts of situations that puzzled them. I found very quickly that by telling them stories from the distant past to address their questions, it would impress them far more than any advice or instruction I might offer.
Some of the stories are traditional and have been told time and time again. Others just appear out of nowhere. Sometimes the Silverfox whispers them to me through the trees if I happen to be listening. I become aware that I am in a sacred place where I must walk quietly with respect. There are spirits in such places that seem to speak to me. Other times I might be looking up at the night sky and get the feeling that I am not alone.
And so, my heart and mind are filled with the gifts of stories from all time past, just waiting to be told to young and old alike.
Translating and narrating the marvelous adventure tales of Karl May’s American west leaves me in the same state of mind. I magically become Old Shatterhand himself and am at home in the forests and deserts and mountains of his Wild West.
Audio Books by Victor Epp
The Winnetou I, three Disk Audio CD collection for PC and DVD players is here! These Audio tracks can be played on most modern DVD players as well as any Personal Computer. This famous Karl May tale, narrated by Victor Epp, is filled with excitement and pathos. It highlights the plight of the Native American people and […]
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Karl May Translations
This is the second book in the Winnetou trilogy which was later followed by a final fourth volume in the series that dealt with the legacy of this great Apache chief. This second volume was also translated by Victor Epp, who transformed his translation into an Audio Book. Here now is a short movie clip […]
“Now revenge drives me away from you,” Winnetou had said, “but affection will bring us together again. But would it? Would Winnetou succeed in finding Santer and avenging the murders of his father Intshu–tshuna and his beautiful sister Nsho–tshi? Would the two blood brothers ever meet again in that vast, raw land It seemed an […]
This is the first book in the Winnetou trilogy which was later followed by a final fourth volume in the series that dealt with the legacy of this great Apache chief. This volume was translated by Victor Epp, who also transformed his translation into an Audio Book. Here now is a short movie clip for […]
One blow to the temple with his fist brought Rattler to the ground unconscious, and earned him the name, ‘Old Shatterhand’. The name stuck. From that day on he was Old Shatterhand to all but the wily frontiersman Sam Hawkens, his friend and mentor who just couldn’t bear to give up calling him a Greenhorn. […]
Some of the stories contained in this collection have their origins in oral folklore, ancient myths and legends of the various nations who first populated North America. There is a long list of people who have heard and collected and recorded these stories, all the way from Lewis and Clark, to David Thompson to Ella […]
My speculation on how these letters eventually came into my hands is a bit of romantic daydreaming. I like to think that Yuri must have had a hand in binding them into the heavy leather cover. He would have the means to do that. I want very much to think that he and Trintje actually […]
The chief spoke; “Nohtawenan saweyiminan oma Ka Kesikak” Ohkom’s English response; “Our father, bless us this day” Chief; “Ayis Kiyehewini pimatisiwin” Ohkom; “For your breath is life” Chief; “Sayweyiminan mena ota mamawai Kayayahk” Ohkom “And Bless us here together” Chief; “Meyinan, muskawisewin mena ayinesewin” Ohkom; “Give us — strength and wisdom” Chief; “Ta natohtamahk menata […]