Like many other folktales of the arctic region, Yup’ik folklore emphasized keeping children safe from the elements and the dangers of being alone and ill-prepared. This folktale is no different, but it definitely gave me goosebumps the first time I heard it over an early-winter bonfire. Photography by Jayberrytech A very long time ago, in the Cape Prince of Wales, in a … [Read more...] about Ghost Tales of the Arctic: The Red Skeleton
What is the Keelut? Photography by Nick Bolton This creature is an Inuit legend, one who hunts people during the winter, but it's not actually a predator in the strictest sense--it's a spirit of the Netherworld. The Keelut (key-loot), also known as the Qiqirn (key-kern) is sometimes referenced as a spirit of death or an evil earth spirit. While it is actually a spirit, it … [Read more...] about Inuit Spirit of Death: The Keelut
What is the Adlet? Artwork by Mary Farnstrom Not a true werewolf—but they are the closest thing you’ll see to one in Inuit folklore. The Adlet (ah-dlit), also known as the Erqigdlet (urk-kig-dlit) in Greenland, is considered the arctic counterpart of the well-known werewolf and for good reason. Although they are not shapeshifters and the moon has no effect on them, their … [Read more...] about Is the Adlet the Werewolf of the Far North?