Beware the Maymaygwayshi

Hi friends! A short write up on the Maymaygwayshi of Lake Superior!

I had heard of these creatures before and made mention of them in another write-up, but recently came across a little more info on them fro an old TV show from the 80's called Spirit Bay. I took note and am sharing this information with you now.

The Maymaygwayshi: Pronounced Mah-May-Gwa-See - as I've heard it said on the TV show, are little people. According to native lore, live in the rocks and caverns on Lake Superior, and are said to travel in rock canoes. I believe this to mean when the water drops somewhat, the jutting rocks are exposed where they had previously not been noticed, and can damage craft passing through. According to tradition, they are to be respected, and when going on the lake, one must give a gift to the deep out of respect for them.

Lake Superior
They are known as tricksters. They can cause all sorts of mishaps and bad luck to occur if not respected and given a gift. From accidents on land to drownings by all manner of mishaps could happen if one does not respect them and make jokes. They are said to stand about 3 feet tall (I know, the opposite of Sasquatch right?) and are hairy from head to toe. They have sharp teeth and horns. They are said if not respected are able to tear one limb from limb. One might scoff and laugh at the idea, as is the usually when these cryptozoological paranormal legends are spoken of, but I think one must respect the native teachings and lore, just as much as any other teaching and story. I think if one is put into a situation where they are tangled in a net after scoffing at the story, they would change their mind pretty quick. However, if one chooses to make things right, must make a journey to one of their caves and leave a gift. A special gift, something that hurts to lose. This is the only thing to appease them and make things right.

I just wonder, out of all the drownings that have taken place over the centuries, and not alcohol related, or out of suspicious circumstances, how many were the cause of the Maymaygwayshi...?


Dee McCullay


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