There was once an old woman who was a witch. She was well known for her evil magic and she used the fear that she created to make herself wealthy. At her lonely wigwam in the woods, she had a small graveyard of people who she had killed. Whenever she went to the village, people would give her things like food, clothing, and other items if she would promise not to use her magic on them or their family.
One day when she was visiting the village and collecting things from people, she saw a very handsome stranger. He had a beautiful black dog with him. The woman wanted the dog for herself, so she went up to the man and said, “You! Give me your dog or I shall curse the village and five children will die before the month is up!” The man looked at her and stood up. He said to her, “Know you that I am Gaagaagi (the raven). I am no stranger to magic woman. I will not give you my dog and you will not kill any children here.”
The old woman became angry at this. She shook her rattle and said some words to create her curse. She said, “You have sealed their fate young man!” At this she jumped into her canoe to leave. The man calmly took out his pipe, lit it, and offered the smoke to the manitous. He told the old woman, “Before you make it to the next shore, you will rot and be covered in bugs.” Scoffing, the woman left in her canoe.
When the old witch got half-way across the lake, she heard a sound like the humming of a bee. She yelled, “Whoo, whoo, whoo!” and blood ran out of her ears, nose, and mouth.
A few days later her canoe was found floating in the middle of the lake. She was covered in bugs and had met her end. None of the children died and the village was free of her evil magic.
Dibaajimowin was created as a way to share interesting and unique stories and other information about the Metis and Ojibwe people (and others) so that these can be used by our guests to educate themselves and others about the history, culture, and language of the people.
We hope you enjoy everything you find here and are glad to have you return in the future. If you are interested in using our content for educational or personal purposes, please give proper attribution and credit to our page. It is important that we acknowledge the tellers of stories and the creators of intellectual property in all forms.
Please enjoy! See you soon.