Stories of Flaming Balls of Evil from Red Lake, Minnesota
There were many different maji-manidoo (evil spirits) that could haunt or portend ill omen to the Ojibwe. One of the strangest is the glowing fireball spirit, similar to the European ‘Will-o-wisp’ that floats around in out of the way places and places where graves are known to be. Below are a few stories taken from informants at the Red Lake Reservation by Sister Inez Hilger, during her work among the Red Lake people:
From Hilger, M. Inez (Mary Inez). 1951. “Chippewa Child Life And Its Cultural Background.” Bulletin. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off.