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INDIAN LEGEND

FROM CODY, WYOMING: ONCE THERE WAS A MEDICINE MAN WHO WAS REALLY
A GOOD GUY. THIS WHOLE TRIBE WAS IN A STATE OF MORAL DECAY,
THEY GAVE HIM A BAD TIME AND MOCKED HIM WHEN HE TRIED TO CLEAN
THINGS UP.
FINALLY HE DECIDED TO GIVE THE PEOPLE ONE LAST CHANCE. HE CALLED
ALL THE DEPRAVED INDIANS TOGETHER AND MADE A SPEECH, ASKING THEM
TO REFORM. THEY HAD ALL COME DECKED OUT IN THEIR CEREMONIAL ROBES
RED, YELLOW AND GREEN, ALL STANDING ON THE CLIFFS AROUND THE
MEDICINE MAN AS HE MADE HIS SPEECH. THEY PLANNED TO KILL HIM AS
SOON AS HE WAS FINISHED. BUT HE PULLED A FAST ONE AND TURNED ALL
OF THEM INTO ROCKS. THIS IS HOW THE PAINTED DESERT WAS FORMED.

Data entry tech comment: CORRECTED SOME WORDING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): SUPERNATURAL

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Myth
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formation

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THE MYTH OF THE YELLING WOMAN

DURING THE LATTER PART OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, A SPANISH SHIP,
RICHLY LADEN WITH RICHES, WAS BESET BY ENGLISH PIRATES, WHO KILLED
EVERY PERSON ON BOARD AT THE TIME OF THE CAPTURE, EXCEPT A
BEAUTIFUL LADY, A PASSENGER ON THE SHIP, WHO WAS BROUGHT ASHORE
AT NIGHT AND BRUTALLY MURDERED AT A LEDGE OF THE ROCKS. AS THE
FISHERMEN WHO LIVED NEAR WERE AWAY IN THEIR BOATS, THE WOMEN AND
CHILDREN, WHO WERE STARTLED FROM THEIR SLEEP BY HER PIERCING SHRIEKS
DARED NOT ATTEMPT A RESCUE. TAKING HER A LITTLE WAY FROM SHORE IN
THEIR BOAT, THE PIRATES FLUNG HER INTO THE SEA AND AS SHE CAME TO
THE SURFACE AND GRABBED FOR THE BOAT, THEY WHACKED AT HER HANDS
WITH CUTLASSES. SHE WAS HEARD TO CRY, LORD, SAVE ME} MERCY} O,
LORD, JESUS, SAVE ME} THE NEXT DAY THE PEOPLE FOUND HER MURDERED
MANGLED BODY ON THE ROCKS AND PREPARED IT FOR BURIAL. IT WAS
INTERRED WHERE IT WAS FOUND, BUT, ALTHOUGH IT WAS LAID IN THE EARTH
WITH CHRISTIAN FORMS, FOR ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS THE VICTIM'S
CRIES AND APPEALS WERE REPEATED, ON EACH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CRIME,
WITH SUCH DISTINCTNESS AS TO SCARE ALL WHO HEARD THEM AND MOST OF
THE CITIZENS OF THAT COMMUNITY CLAIMED TO HEAR THE CRIES AT ONE
TIME OR ANOTHER.

Submitter comment: MRS. ORESTE SAID THAT SHE HEARD ABOUT THIS MYTH FROM HER AUNT WHO
HEARD IT FROM SOMEONE ELSE. SHE FIRST HEARD ABOUT THE TALE ABOUT
THIRTY YEARS AGO AND CLAIMS THAT ANOTHER ONE OF HER RELATIVES
ACTUALLY HEARD THE SHRIEKS OF THE WOMAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GRAND HAVEN

Keyword(s): VIOLENT DEATH

James Callow Keyword(s): GORE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Myth
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 09-00-1963

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THE LEGEND OF HOW THE SOO INDIANS GOT THE SACRED PIPE.

TWO YOUNG MEN WERE OUT CAMPING AND HUNTING ON THE PRAIRIE
WHEN A WOMAN CAME UPON THEM. ONE OF THE YOUNG MEN LOOKED
ON THE WOMAN WITH LUST AND THE OTHER LOOKED ON HER WITH AWE.
THE WOMAN SAID TO THE MAN LOOKING ON HER WITH LUST, "DO WHAT
YOU WANT,"AND WHEN HE MOVED TOWARDS HER HE TURNED INTO A
PILE OF WORMS. THE WOMAN THEN LOOKED AT THE OTHER MAN AND
INSTRUCTED HIM TO GO TELL THE PEOPLE THAT SHE BRINGS WHAT
THEY NEED TO LIVE. SOON AFTER THE PEOPLE HAD HEARD THE
NEWS FROM THE YOUNG MAN THE WOMAN CAME BEARING THE GRAND-
MOTHER PIPE. SHE GAVE IT TO THEM AND TAUGHT THEM HOW TO
USE IT IN THE HOLY WAY. AFTER WHEN SHE WAS THROUGH EXPLAINING
HOW TO USE THE PIPE IN THE HOLY WAY SHE LEFT BY TURNING
HERSELF INTO A WHITE BUFFALO CALF AND RUNNING OFF.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Myth

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