By: Brittany "Pagan" Adkins This week we talked about a creature that is quite widespread but not well known at least by its American name of the Pukwudgie. We also discussed its connection to the Fae, Demons, and Death. So let's dive in and you can learn all about them too!
"Legends of the Pukwudgie began in connection to 'Maushop', a creation giant believed by the Wampanoag to have created most of Cape Cod. He was beloved by the people, and the Pukwudgies were jealous of the affection the Natives had for him. They tried to help the Wampanoag, but their efforts always backfired, until they eventually decided to torment them instead. They became mischievous and aggravated the Natives until they asked 'Granny Squanit', Maushop’s wife, for help. Maushop collected as many as he could. He shook them until they were confused and tossed them around New England. Some died, but others landed, regained their minds, and made their way back to Massachusetts.
Pukwudgies are the oldest mythical creatures in North America. Stories of Pukwudgies originated from the Wampanoag, Mohican, and Algonquin Indians. They believed the creatures dwelled in the woods and marshes of the Eastern Seaboard. Their legends spread from Maine all the way through Massachusetts and perhaps further.
Attributes of the Pukwudgies
They can appear and disappear at will
They can transform into a walking porcupine (it looks like a porcupine from the back, and the front is half-troll[clarification needed], half-human and walks upright)
They can attack people and lure them to their deaths
They are able to use magic
They have poison arrows that can appear and disappear at the will of the Pukwudgie
They can create fire at will
Pukwudgies control Tei-Pai-Wankas which are believed to be the souls of Native Americans they have killed.
Native Americans believed that Pukwudgies were best left alone
They began kidnapping children, burning villages, and forcing the Wampanoag deep into the woods and killing them after being rejected by the Natives.
Pukwudgies resemble humans, except they are much smaller, have a canine-like nose, and have larger ears, lips, and fingers. They have been compared to trolls, goblins, and leprechauns.
Connection to the Fae These creatures seem to have a connection to the Hobgoblins of traditional England, Scottland, and Wales. However, there is a connection to these creatures following the Puritans from England. Hobgoblins were known to be helpful to people and were helpful home spirits. In a similar description to Hobgoblins, the pukwudgies seem to be small, hairy creatures that can appear and disappear at will.
(Hobgoblin - Artist Unknown)
When hobgoblins become teased or treated poorly they can become a more fearsome creature often known as a Boggart. These are known for playing tricks and causing trouble, much like the Pukwudgies. Also, like the Pukwudgies, they can be dangerous and often difficult to get rid of.
(Boggart - Nalebunny96 - DeviantArt)
In Germany, Hobgoblins/Boggarts are much more malevolent and often would lure people to their death. Much like Hobgoblins becoming Boggarts after mistreatment, over time people began to reject the Pukwudgies and they became wicked goblin-like spirits, and if you were to see one it was an omen of illness or death.
Are these the same creatures or much like the lore of bigfoot are they spread across the world? Or do they travel wherever they like through the spirit realm?
Connection to Demons
Before I make this connection I have to tell you about a story first that connects the two.
There is a haunted cemetery in Wilton, NH called Vale End Cemetary that is known for the spirit of the Blue Lady.
The Blue Lady aka Mary Ritter Spaulding is said to emerge from her grave and appear to people on warm foggy nights, especially in the spring and fall. She is said to manifest as a bright pale blue light in front of her headstone.
One evening in 1999, a paranormal investigation photographer by the name of Noreen along with her daughter Alice went to the cemetery attempting to get a glimpse of the Blue Lady but they got more than they bargained for. Noreen and Alice both witnessed something dark and unnatural coming out of the ground. Alice returned to the car in terror while Noreen said something seemed to scream through Alice. Alice called paranormal investigator Fionna Broome later that night asking if something could follow them home. Fionna assured her no.
Now before we go any further I want to take a moment to say that yes, something can indeed follow you home. Perhaps Fionna was wanting to calm the fears of Alice, but in my opinion, she shouldn't have lied to her.
Five days later, Noreen died of sudden and mysterious causes. The coroner said it was a heart attack but despite the heart attack, her heart was quite healthy. Is it possible that it could have been the dark entity, or possibly the pukwudgies that killed her? Yes, I believe it is possible.
Curious of the events surrounding Noreen's death and Vale End, Fionna returned to the cemetery. Fionna began her investigation with her crew. She decided to take some photos before calling it a night. She noticed a small creature, approximately 2 to 3 feet tall and covered with fur but humanoid. They sound very much like Pukwudgies. She observed this creature but continued to walk around. She then walked into something similar to a force field or a glass wall, but nothing was there. She then felt the energy shift and change around her from what she considered normal to inherently evil.
Fionna felt as if she was being hunted, but something far more sinister than these creatures. She decided to take a few photos of the creatures, that seemed to be emerging from Mary Ritter Spaulding's Headstone. Realizing she was in danger she quickly left and so did her crew. Only one of the photos she took had something in them, all the rest were black. The photo with something held a red outline in the shape of a devil.
Were these possible pukwudgies working with this demon or were they perhaps just sharing the space of the cemetery? Could the Blue Lady's headstone have a portal on or near it where all of these things could be emerging from?
Puckwudgies also appear in the Harry Potter series, written by J.K. Rowling. The creature now acts as a symbol and house at the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
While there were many other creatures in New Hampshire, such as the Woods Devil and Dublin Lake Monster. We found the Pukwudgie seemed to catch our interest far more than the others. This creature is simply that, a creature since it doesn't solely fit into the cryptid, fae, or spirit boxes. We still don't know exactly what the Pukwudgie is but we do know this case left an unforgettable impression on us.
Thank you for joining us! See you all next week! Listen to the episode!