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Oct 15

Homegrown Hauntings

WHAT’S PLAYING: Kinna Grannis “In Your Arms”

In keeping with the theme of the season, I thought it would be cool to share some of the ghosts and monsters that followed the Choctaw through the years.

1. Hashok Okwa Hui’ga “Grass Water Drop” – a Choctaw version of the will-o’-the-wisp. At night, only its heart is visible. Anyone who looks at it is led astray.

2. Hoklonote’ she – a malevolent shapeshifter who can read people’s thoughts.

3. Kashehotapalo – a man-deer who delights in frightening hunters. The Choctaw admired him for his speed and agility, but if angered, he would race ahead to warn the enemy or animals being hunted.

4. Bohpoli “Thrower” – a mischievous, but not malicious, wood sprite who dwells alone in thick, dark woods. About two feet high, this little man playfully throws sticks and stones at people, and takes great pleasure in hitting pine trees to make noise. All unexplained sounds heard in the woods were attributed to Bohpoli.

5. Okwa Naholo (Oka Nahullo) “White People of the Water” – pale creatures that dwell in deep pools. They sometimes capture humans whom they convert into beings like themselves.

6. Nalusa Falaya “The Long Black Being” – monster that resembles a man with very small eyes and long, pointed ears. Some believe that he prefers to approach men by sliding on his stomach like a snake to frighten them. He can also transfer his power to people, which causes them to do harm to others.

Up next: Part Two.

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