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#1    Gatofeo

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 03:40 AM

Anyone heard of the Stick Indian?
I had some Nez Perce friends years ago, which included two brothers of about 14 and 19.
The older brother, when we fished the rivers of Idaho, would tease his younger brother about the Stick Indian getting him.
But when I pressed for a description or history, I didn't get much.
It seems that the Stick Indian is Indian, exceedingly thin or almost skeletal, and for whatever reason abducts Indians who are in the wild.
That's about all I know.
I thought it was an interesting myth. Anyone heard of a Stick Indian?

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 03:53 AM

Never heard of him at all. Something new to learn about.


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Posted 17 November 2006 - 09:22 PM

Maybe someone could find a website link to this legend?

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 08:03 AM

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Maybe someone could find a website link to this legend?


From what I was able to gather, it looks like some believe the stick indians to be sasquatch, as per the first link - Penuitan Bigfoot Legends.


Here ya go..

Penutian Bigfoot Legends

Masks which depict stick indians

Blurb on stick people   there are a couple other legends listed with it..



Edited by ImaLoner, 20 November 2006 - 08:05 AM.


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Posted 03 December 2006 - 07:55 PM

I would guess that it was just something passed down over time to keep children from running off, or doing things that they shouldn't be doing.

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 08:18 PM

Or Kokopelli simply endowed with a huge ...(use your imagination)


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Posted 26 January 2007 - 11:57 AM

Most Native American folkore isn't written down...  Native American's have many stories,
most people want proof to.   But somethings are left alone.  Native American's have in their time seen unexplainable beings, spirits (not human), and what not.  But don't necessarily document them.   Believe in leaving things be and not bothering with them.
If anyone needs to know something I suggest you ask an elderly Native American...more likely you'll get the real story.


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Posted 26 January 2007 - 06:06 PM

Well stated 2spook, to the Native Americans the word of mouth passed down from generation to generation was worth far more than what was written on paper and always was and always will be more credible to them as well.


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Posted 07 April 2007 - 05:47 AM





Is it the stick people that take children that wonnder off in the woods?...........


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Posted 30 April 2007 - 07:26 PM

In Warm Springs tradition, Stick Indians are the mediators between good and evil, always present, they are beings who live on high ground and look down on all the activities of the tribe. It is believed that if a child or adult is good and becomes lost in the woods, the Stick Indians will whistle them to safety. If they are bad, howere, having lost thier balance and strayed too far from normal, prescribed behavior, they will be whistled deeper and deeper into the woods. The Stick Indian reminds us that honoring the traditions of the people protects us and keeps us in a proper relationship with nature.

Here's a site that explains them a little better...

http://bfro.net/legends/penutian.htm

But what you really have to watch out for is water babies.

Edited by mr_nobody, 30 April 2007 - 07:29 PM.


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Posted 02 May 2007 - 01:48 PM

Thats a creepy legend, I like it alot, thanks.

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Posted 04 May 2007 - 12:42 AM

I thought this was about the "stick man" . I don't know where I read that story, if it was here or somewhere else, but that was DEFINITELY scary! Something about someone seeing a person who looked like one of those stick figures little kids draw. I'm getting chills just thinking about it!


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Posted 07 October 2007 - 07:41 AM

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Anyone heard of the Stick Indian?
I had some Nez Perce friends years ago, which included two brothers of about 14 and 19.
The older brother, when we fished the rivers of Idaho, would tease his younger brother about the Stick Indian getting him.
But when I pressed for a description or history, I didn't get much.
It seems that the Stick Indian is Indian, exceedingly thin or almost skeletal, and for whatever reason abducts Indians who are in the wild.
That's about all I know.
I thought it was an interesting myth. Anyone heard of a Stick Indian?



I heard about the Stick Indian from my daughter's boyfriend's family, whom are Athabascan. The Stick Indian was Indian. Been dead for some time. When he was alive, he was a warrior type, and bad. But his spirit still haunts the Native American tribes. While it's almost skeletal, it apparetly stands the height of a Big Foot. Also has a bright white light type cast about itself. It also tends to stick close to water.

There have been many cases of Indians being abducted while out in the wild. When the Indians bodies are found, their insides are spread about their bodies. The Native Americans of course keep that to themselves and never call in the law enforcement to investigate.

Once my daughter's boyfriend's father had been fishing on the Snohomish River here in WA. The fish weren't biting, so they packed their truck and started driving. As they were driving, a figure appeared in front of them. They swerved and missed it. When they looked behind them, it was gone.

Typically when the Stick Indian is present in an area, certain types of birds will show themselves. I can't recall the exact bird. I'll have to ask and post it here at another date. You don't have to be full blooded Indian to have it come after you either.

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 01:22 AM

I remeber that! It was called B-somethin' (not boogeyman) but when I was in 5th grade I had a book with Monsters in it, and it talked about him...



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Posted 19 October 2007 - 02:55 AM

Thanks to all of you. I now know more about the Stick Indian than I ever expected to.
My Nez Perce friends were rather close-mouthed about it. The only time I ever heard of a Stick Indian is when I fished with two Nez Perce brothers. The older brother, about 21, would tease his 14-year-old brother about being taken by a Stick Indian. When I inquired about it, I was told it was basically an Indian thing.
I'm sure they found delight in befuddling the Siapo (a Siapo is a derogatory term for a white person; in the Chinook language it also means the color white).
Anyway, I learned quite a bit about the Stick Indian, thanks to your posts.
Do I believe? Nahhhhhh ... but it's interesting stuff. Every culture has its boogeyman.

My god! How that ghost makes me dread
My attempts to sleep at night, in my bed
All that moaning and groaning
Keep me awake until morning
Oh wait --- it's that couple next door, newly wed!

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