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Myths and Legends of Central U.S. and Great Lakes

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Myths and Legends of the Central U.S. and Great Lakes

Extracted from a larger work – “Myths and Legends of Our Own Land”

 by Charles M. Skinner.

 Originally published circa 1890’s.

 covers the Central U.S. and Great Lakes.

58 pages


Contents of this work:


An Averted Peril

The Obstinacy of Saint Clair

The Hundredth Skull

The Crime of Black Swamp

The House Accursed

Marquette’s Man-Eater

Michel de Coucy’s Troubles

Wallen’s Ridge

The Sky Walker of Huron

The Coffin of Snakes


Lake Superior Water Gods

The Witch of Pictured Rocks

The Origin of White Fish

The Spirit of Cloudy

The Sun Fire at Sault Sainte Marie

The Snake God of Belle Isle

Were-Wolves of Detroit

The Escape of Francois Navarre

The Old Lodger

The Nain Rouge

Two Revenges


The Indian Messiah

The Vision of Rescue

Devil’s Lake

The Keusca Elopement


The Virgins’ Feast

Falls of St. Anthony

Flying Shadow and Track Maker

Saved by a Lightning-Stroke

The Killing of Cloudy Sky

Providence Hole

The Scare Cure

Twelfth Night at Cahokia

The Spell of Creve Coeur Lake

How the Crime was Revealed

Banshee of the Bad Lands

Standing Rock

The Salt Witch

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Many such walks and feasts came after, and the sights of earth and taste of meat filled the mortal with a longing to see his people again. He told his wife that he wanted to go back. She consented, after a time, saying, “Since you are better pleased with the cares, the ills, the labor, and the poverty of the world than with the comfort and abundance of Sky Land, you may return; but remember you are still my husband, and beware how you venture to take an earthly maiden for a wife.”

She arose lightly, clasped Cloud Catcher by the wrist, and began to move with him through the air. The motion lulled him and he fell asleep, waking at the door of his father’s lodge. His relatives gathered and gave him welcome, and he learned that he had been in the sky for a year. He took the privations of a hunter’s and warrior’s life less kindly than he thought to, and after a time he enlivened its monotony by taking to wife a bright-eyed girl of his tribe. In four days she was dead. The lesson was unheeded and he married again. Shortly after, he stepped from his lodge one evening and never came back. The woods were filled with a strange radiance on that night, and it is asserted that Cloud Catcher was taken back to the lodge of the Sun and Moon, and is now content to live in heaven.


No one knew how it was that Lizon gained the love of Julienne, at L’Anse Creuse (near Detroit), for she was a girl of sweet and pious disposition, the daughter of a God-fearing farmer, while Lizon was a dark, ill-favored wretch, who had come among the people nobody knew whence, and lived on the profits of a tap-room where the vilest liquor was sold, and where gaming, fighting, and carousing were of nightly occurrence. Perhaps they were right in saying that it was witchcraft. He impudently laid siege to her heart, and when she showed signs of yielding he told her and her friends that he had no intention of marrying her, because he did not believe in religion.

Yet Julienne deserted her comfortable home and went to live with this disreputable scamp in his disreputable tavern, to the scandal of the community, and especially of the priest, who found Lizon’s


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