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  • Written in blood: Some place names have gruesome origins

    One example I gave is a legend concerning one Michael Turpin, who lost his head to a group of Beothuk, and whose blood stained the spot of the ...

  • A fairy story from across the border

    This week’s fairy story is from just over the Labrador border, in the Bonne Esperance region of Quebec’s Lower North Shore. But there is a ...

  • Some ways of counting crows

    This tradition seems to have English origins with beliefs about magpies. According to a BBC website, “...one magpie on its own is a sign of bad ...

  • Sealing disaster had its own supernatural tales

    At one point last week, I heard a woman talking about the disaster, and about how one of her relatives knew, instinctively, that her husband had ...

  • How Bitter Ann’s Cove got its name

    Everything went smoothly as the couple settled into their new winter home. As the year drew to a close, the isolation began to wear on the ...

  • Mermaid-bashing a common theme

    Erin is one of the participants in the Heritage Fair program, a great project which encourages students to explore their heritage in a hands-on ...

  • Sleepless night at the cabin

    Signal Hill even has two: one of a local farmer, and the other of a murdered pirate.But perhaps only Swan Island can boast of having a phantom ...

  • Fairy funerals command respect

    Apparently, Ebbs, a labourer of some sort, had sued Hickey for holding back wages due to him. Hickey had held back the money because Ebbs had ...

  • The girl at the trestle

    It is a definition I would agree with, and Newfoundland is full of examples. Almost every town has a story which is partly true and partly not. ...

  • A mummer walks alone

    But this rosy image of mummering is perhaps only one way of looking at the tradition. The history of mummering has a darker and, at times, even ...