Tricksters, shapeshifters, star people and other Indigenous legends

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It’s the time of year we all love a good scare and there is no shortage of legends in our communities that’ll do just that.

We’re talking about little people — tiny pranksters who’ve inspired stories for millennia across Turtle Island.

Sasquatch —  the large hairy primitive-man-like forest and mountain dweller.

Qalupalik — sea witches who steal children who get too close to Arctic waters.

As well as the warning – never whistle or sing under the northern lights.

Chris Rutkowski, is an astronomer and world-renowned UFO researcher with a keen interest in the unknown and the unexplained. He’s a regular expert guest on APTN’s Indians and Aliens.

One of the many books he’s published is Mysterious Manitoba and he narrated a Canadian TV special called The Monster of Lake Manitoba, about the ‘big snake’ said to live in waterways connected to the massive central-Manitoba lake.

Many Metis and First Nations along the lake have stories going back generations about the creature, some call Manipogo.

Rutkowski has been investigating other-worldly encounters since the 1970s and his philosophy is, “Don’t always believe the believers, but also be skeptical of the skeptics.”

Darlene Wight is a curator at the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre.

She spent nearly four decades researching and curating Inuit art and has extensively traveled Arctic communities working closely with artists.

Wight said many pieces are artistic interpretations of some of the many Inuit legends passed down.

WAG hold in trust, the world’s largest collection of Inuit art, with 13,000 pieces.

Wight is part of the team curating the collection as the Inuit Art Centre prepares for its grand opening in the Fall of 2020.