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Curiosities of central New York
Zimmer, Melanie.
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Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2012.
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126 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
There Was, There Was Not ... -- Witchcraft -- The Story of Doctor Daniel Roberts, the Witch Doctor of Steuben -- Iroquois Witchcraft -- The Screech Owl Witch -- Iroquois Mystical Traditions -- Dreams -- Sir William Johnson's Dreamland -- The Otherworldly Dream of Handsome Lake -- The Religious Use of Tobacco -- Monsters, Fairies and Other Beings -- Stone Giants -- Big Foot -- Flying Heads -- Lake Monsters -- The Ro-tay-yo or Giant Mosquito -- The Iroquois Little People -- Non-Iroquois Little People -- Mummies of Central New York -- Curious Places in Central New York -- The Josiah Jenkins House -- The Worlds Smallest Church -- The Spirit House -- The Mystery of the Muller Chateau -- A Tibetan Monastery in Ithaca -- Final Comments.
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F119.6 .Z558 2012 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The people of Central New York know there's something different--perhaps strange--in the air. Across this vast and often wild region, history and lore are remarkably and markedly unusual. Ancient Iroquois mystical traditions still infuse the landscape with a sense of the otherworldly, and for some, witchcraft was a constant fear throughout the nineteenth century. Monsters and even fairies roam the region, frightening or delighting those who say they have encountered them. Visit the world's smallest church in Oneida and North America's only Tibetan monastery, Namgyal, in Ithaca. Join local folklorist Melanie Zimmer as she explores the curiosities of Central New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
1 Witchcraftp. 11
The Story of Dr. Daniel Roberts, the Witch Doctor of Steubenp. 11
Iroquois Witchcraftp. 18
2 Iroquois Mystical Traditionsp. 21
Dreamsp. 21
The Religious Use of Tobaccop. 29
3 Monsters, Fairies and Other Beingsp. 33
Stone Giantsp. 33
Bigfootp. 39
The Flying Headsp. 40
Lake Monstersp. 41
The Ro-tay-yo or Giant Mosquitop. 44
The Giant Mosquito of the Oneidasp. 45
The Iroquois Little Peoplep. 46
Non-Iroquois Little Peoplep. 53
Mummies of Central New Yorkp. 55
4 Curious Places in Central New Yorkp. 67
The House of Josiah Whipple Jenkinsp. 67
The Secret Room Beneath the Jenkins Housep. 71
Josiah Whipple Jenkins, Esq., John Brown and Abolitionist Gerrit Smithp. 80
The Brown Donkeys in Vernonp. 90
The World's Smallest Churchp. 91
The Spirit Housep. 93
The Mystery of the Muller Ch√Ęteaup. 103
A Tibetan Monastery in Central New Yorkp. 115
5 Final Commentsp. 121
Bibliographyp. 123
About the Authorp. 127