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W-File: le_picnicpoint.html

Type: Legend, Witches
Location: Picnic Point (Dane County), Wisconsin

Source: Story submitted by John S. (GM) who cites Wisconsin Lore by Robert E. Gard and L.G. Sorden (published in 1962) page 51.

The Witches of Picnic Point

Several Indian families were long ago living on Picnic Point in peace and comfort. Then the witches came. They carried away some of the small children. They fed them and fattened them and ate them. The Indians were very sad over the loss of their children, and they prayed to the Earthmaker to help them.

Earthmaker caught the witches and restored the children to their homes. He transformed the witches into hackberry trees and placed them near the end of Picnic Point. There they must stand forever more because of their wrongdoing. When the Wind Spirit comes, they wave their limbs, moan, and ask to be released. When the winter comes one can see twists of witches' hair at the end of their branches. They must stand where they are forever.


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