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A compilation of some spooky stories for Halloween

Halloween is almost here & I thought I’d compile a few of my past posts about spooky beings and stories. For beings, there is the one about giants (although for the most part, they aren’t dangerous). More dangerous than the … Continue reading

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Great Fires and the Willanch Monster

In the past, coastal Oregon Indian people often set fires – annually in camas and tarweed fields, and hazel patches every few years. They probably did the same for bear-grass patches. These regular fires cleared out dead plant material, reinvigorated … Continue reading

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Stories Travel

Stories travel – through both time and space. By which I mean that when one looks at traditional Native American stories, some story plots appear among numerous tribes across a broad region (such as stories about Women Who Married Stars), … Continue reading

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Humbug Mountain, Euchre Creek and the angry octopus

Humbug Mountain, image from traveloregon.org So usually I blog about CLUS stories but while poking around Harrington’s notes I found this fun/odd story about Humbug Mountain and Euchre Creek.  The coast line along Curry County is so beautiful, and I … Continue reading

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The Little People

I don’t think I’ve written about ‘the little people’ on the blog before.  The term ‘little people’ refers to mythological gnome or dwarf-like people and are apparently quite common to many cultures around the world.  In the Coos language, the … Continue reading

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“Nephew Story” or “The Girl & The Sea Serpent”

Tewitech hechit’ – the Nephew Story or, The Girl & Her Pet  This is a story Jim Buchanan told of a young woman who encounters a baby sea serpent, which becomes her spirit power. The sea serpent becomes friends with … Continue reading

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Wild Beings of the Woods; or, Beware the Beasts of Nightmare

In the previous post, I talked about the mysterious giants of the forest; the shiihlwaya.  But the shillhlwaya were far from the only humanoid creatures that walked the woods.  At least the shiihlwaya were regarded as mostly harmless.  Not everything lurking in the forests … Continue reading

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