Beware! The Wendigo Lurks at Legends and Lore

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Beware! The Wendigo Lurks at Legends and Lore

Photo courtesy of Joseph Oliveira

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Photo courtesy of Joseph Oliveira

Photo courtesy of Joseph Oliveira

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This Halloween, be sure to watch out for more than just spooky, scary skeletons! Legends and Lore, a Halloween event put on by Old World Wisconsin in collaboration with Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance (KM Perform), is filled to the brim with unique and exciting stories, all of them originating from the diverse immigrant groups that came to call Wisconsin their home. The event has many different legends incorporated, but none so grand as the finale: The Wendigo Bonfire. 

 

The Wendigo is one of the many legends featured at Legends and Lore, originating from Algonquian myths. The Algonquian tribes are a group of Native American tribes living in the Great Lakes area, including smaller tribes such as the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawotamie tribes. In the legends, the Wendigo is said to be a great beast of ice and snow, standing as tall as fifteen feet and born of humans who resorted to cannibalism. 

 

At Legends and Lore, the Wendigo event takes place at the baseball diamond in Old World Wisconsin. It’s setup is similar to that of scary stories told around a fire, as there is one actor who tells the Wendigo’s story to all guests in attendance. This year, the storyteller is Lady Death, a grim reaper played by Theater Focus junior Sylvia LaGalbo. The Wendigo event will lead into the funeral procession, which is a large parade made up of actors and guests designed to lead guests off of the premises and back to their cars, citing that the veil between worlds is closing as All Hallow’s Eve draws to a close. 

 

The Wendigo event is unique in that it is only told twice each night – once at 7:30, and again at 9:00. All other events generally repeat on a constant loop until 9:00 when all actors and guests flock to the baseball diamond. The 7:30 performance is typically regarded as the PG, kid-friendly showing; its story has a happy ending and a moral for the littler kids to hear and absorb before parents take them home for the night. The 9:00 show, in comparison, is much darker, offering a tragic ending wherein a little boy is taken by the Wendigo. 

 

All in all, Legends and Lore is always a big hit with both the crowds and the students of KM Perform. Legends and Lore takes place on October 18, 19, 25, and 26 from 5:30-9:00 PM. Hope to scare you there and remember—watch out for the Wendigo!