Folktales and Lore from the Great Lakes State
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Michigan Press
Download PDF (77.9 KB)
Download PDF (482.6 KB)
Download PDF (236.9 KB)
Download PDF (254.2 KB)
...long, long ago. It is 1701. We are in a castle named for St. Louis XIV of France in a place called Quebec. It is a beautiful land in New passing present- day Canada, Michigan, and territory all the way to People bustle about the banquet hall in this castle on this March 10, just a few months prior to the founding of Detroit. These are ...
Download PDF (277.6 KB)
In D.scetroitâs old b.scurying places are the graves of two men who died of cholera in Detroit in 1832, a year remembered with dread for decades by Detroiters. These men may never have metâ although their meeting is not unlikely, given their positions during this ter-rible timeâ but the stories of their lives share some strange parallels ...
Download PDF (263.8 KB)
B.scack in ab.scout 1840, when Detroit still was a tiny village sprinkled who was a real characterâ and the last person anyone would have ple called her Kennette. As long as most could remember, she had lived alone, perfectly content, in a rough, little wooden house on River Road, now known as Jefferson Avenue, which runs along the ...
Download PDF (273.3 KB)
Godefroy, then the Indian agent in Detroit for the Pottawatomies and Chippewas. These were two of several tribes that lived largely in This house reflected its frontier bearings and its French ancestry. It had a huge fireplace stretched across one entire wall. Scattered on the floor were deer and buffalo skins. Guests, usually the chiefs of ...
Download PDF (252.7 KB)
...of Detroit along Lake St. Clair, there lived a man who was a trap-per. His name was Simonet, and his cabin was not far inland from the beautiful lakeshore. He had been married, but his wife had died quite young. The man was comforted, however, by the coupleâs cute Archange grew up an obedient and happy little girl. She was said ...
Download PDF (278.3 KB)
It wasnât until after the two people played back the recording they had taken in the old Enlisted Menâs Club building at Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit that they heard the voice. It was a hollow, often reported in the building heard a door slam. The place was empty; itâs empty most of the time anyway, but the investigators had ...
Download PDF (297.1 KB)
...rip- roarinâ logging industry. The river, the twin cities of Oscoda and AuSable, and the old saloon- infested logging towns of Saginaw and Michiganâs forests and the man who was the most famous of them As the fellers (literally, the men who felled trees) of the 1800s knew in their hearts, Paul Bunyan belongs to Michigan. They all ...
Download PDF (285.7 KB)
Anishinabe peoplesâ the people of the Three Fires, which include tribes understand this sacred place and the mysterious etchings on the great rock there that they know and that their ancestors have known. They call the etchings at this place Ezhibiigaadek Asin, or In fact, the tribes have known about this sacred place as far back ...
Download PDF (448.0 KB)
...hard recollection he couldnât shake. The manâs name was Clinton Corby, and he described a day in 1935 when he was on Lake Michi-gan, serving on a large freighter that shipped iron ore. Her name was the Lucille. Itâs not known what job Corby had, for heâs gone now, but he was just one of a ship full of men who saw what he saw, knew ...
Download PDF (433.5 KB)
C.scaptain B.scenj.scam.scin Truedell woke up in a sweat. The dream had been as real as any he had had in his life, and it had unnerved him. It was the night of August 31, 1892, at Deer Park. This town no longer exists, but in 1892, it was a bustling little lumbering village that also had a Life Saving Stationâ Station No. 12, as they called it then, ...
Download PDF (451.2 KB)
F.scor m.scany years, people have said that the word Michilimackinac, from which the name for Mackinac Island derives, means âlarge tur-tleâ and comes from the Chippewa word Mi- she- mi- ki- nock. Mishe means âvery big in sizeâ; mikinock means âmud turtle.â Therefore, the and believed to be true when they visited Mackinac Island or Fort ...
Download PDF (250.4 KB)
...were in their teen years; the third, a boy, was very young. At one point, the manâs grieving family opened the door to his lodge to let in the fresh breeze from Lake Superior. This revived him enough to give him strength to sit up a moment and speak his last words to his faithful partner in life, but you will not long suffer in this world. ...
Download PDF (244.7 KB)
Up here in the U.P., we have our own kind of people, real people and Indians. We got lumberjacks, miners and farmers, and factory workers. Up here, we got our own stories too, things folks downstate For instance, everyone up here in Singleton knows about the big knife fight between Mike and George back in the 1940s. It was a ...
Download PDF (248.1 KB)
...come to have such a lifesaving food that grew in fields as far as the toulin Islands in Lake Huron. The main island today is the largest of the thousands of islands in the Great Lakes and is now the province of Ontario, Canada. But back in the 1600s, it was where Ottowas livedâ and had lived for uncounted years. Archeologists have found ...
Download PDF (309.9 KB)
Michigan. These were just stories, of course, which people had heard and then retold as they sat on front porches in rocking chairs some fifty or seventy- five years later, long after all the running and hiding realized the slave hunters were catching up to him and his family. He could hear their voices, their bloodhounds, their chains and guns. ...
Download PDF (360.3 KB)
...named F. J. Littlejohn first moved to the region we know today as the southwest corner of Michigan and northwest corner of Indiana. Littlejohn, a learned man, was a surveyor and geologist in what was then rough wilderness full of Indian tribes. Littlejohn stayed in that area for forty years, got to know all about these tribes, and then ...
Download PDF (273.4 KB)
F.scor hundreds of years, researchers and observers have been fasci-nated by several Indian legends that bear striking similarity to stories in the Bible. Some say this may be evidence that Indians interacted with Europeans far sooner than our records claim. Others call it a spiritual phenomenon. In any case, there are several versions in In-...
Download PDF (254.8 KB)
...changeâ not just by seasons, but within seasons and even within of wet snow. June can be âunseasonablyâ hot one year and âunsea-sonablyâ cold the next. It is fair to say, in fact, that Michigan has seen snow in every month of the year, even if an August snow doesnât Why is our weather so fickle? Why isnât it like that of, say, Flor-...
Download PDF (258.3 KB)
Long ago, in the history of the Ojibways, there was a great warrior who led his tribe to victory against all of their enemies. This warrior was stronger than any others, and even among his own tribe, no one could defeat him in wrestling or other warrior games. He was also a great and powerful runner. It was said that only the deer in the forest ...
Download PDF (243.2 KB)
...works, itâs easy to assume that legends are, well, oldâ most of them very old. But if you think about it, these very stories were hardly âoldâ to those who, for instance, lived in the French Detroit of the early 1800s, when many of these and other legends were born. Even legends that qualified as aged to French Detroiters werenât so to ...
Download PDF (235.0 KB)
Page 11. Courtesy Bentley Historical Library, University of MichiganPage 16. Reproduced from J. G. Shea, A History of the Catholic Church within the Limits of the United States: From the First Attempted Coloniza-Page 19. Courtesy Bentley Historical Library, University of MichiganPage 24. Courtesy Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan...
Page Count: 144
Illustrations: 27 B&W illustrations
Publication Year: 2013