Posted 22 May 2003 - 08:31 AM
Posted 22 May 2003 - 03:12 PM
White settlers in Minnesota regarded the windigo of the Ojibwa as a death omen ghost; the supersitition was prevalent in some parts of the states as late as the early 20th century.
The windigo was described as a 15-foot-tall being in dazzling white,with a star in the middle of its forehead. It roamed the forests, swamps and praries.
Its appearance, in either day or night, was inevitably followed by a death in the family.
Not to nice and it would keep me out of the woods.
Posted 23 May 2003 - 08:13 AM
Posted 23 May 2003 - 02:22 PM
Posted 23 May 2003 - 09:57 PM
I've heard of the Wendigo, but not the specifics as you've just posted.
That's very interesting. There's a site in NE Ohio, called Top O' the World, which is really a farm (now owned by a park) that was built on sacred Native American land. It is surrounded by forest park land. Historical records indicate violent, bloody battles between white settlers and local tribes nearby prior to the permanent taking of the land. A hostile, "black shadow" entity is rumored to wander this land. It gets even more interesting--the legend is that one of the subsequent white owners, a farmer, killed/mutilated his own family, then committed suicide. Don't know if this part is true, although park officials, while conducting tours of the homestead for a brief period in the late '70's, acknowledged that the family of one of the early landowners died within a short period of time and were buried in various graves somewhere on the property.
I get emails on this site fairly regularly (many talk of the same black shadow figure), and have researched the background of this area.
Perhaps this is a variation of a Wendigo tale? Makes sense.
Could you give me bibliog. info on that encyclodpedia? Would like to look into that further. Thanks!
Posted 24 May 2003 - 06:40 PM
Posted 24 May 2003 - 07:53 PM
Posted 04 June 2003 - 02:03 PM
Posted 04 June 2003 - 07:16 PM
Additional stories regarding a shadow figure/beast were emailed to me by others and can be found by going to this page, and clicking on the Top O the World bookmark:
In addition to those reader contributions talking about a black shadow figure/beast, while researching the place and interviewing for the site, other similar stories of a "menacing shadow" came up. The stories about the farm often overlap with that of another local urban legend regarding The Seven Barns.
From Ohio, eh? Where were the Indian Mounds you visited as a child? I'm guessing that they're part of the more famous mounds (serpent, fort hill, earthworks, etc.) located in Central and Southwest Ohio.
Hope this info helps.
Posted 05 June 2003 - 11:42 AM
I know it was a nice little drive from Cincinnati.
Thanks for the info
Posted 09 July 2003 - 12:10 AM
Posted 09 July 2003 - 04:26 AM
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