Published on December 27, 2012 by Casey
There is a little man who is three or four feet high and who looks like a human being but is invisible. He may be a spirit or he may serve a spirit, but in any case, he does only one kind of work. He is the master of night and is the one who brings sleep to human beings.
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When dusk comes, he goes to work. His magic works well on some, and they cannot help but fall asleep easily. He stares at a person and they cannot help but fall asleep. For those who are already in their beds, he knocks them on the head with something soft like a pillow. He visits babies first, and then the children, and then on up to the old people. It is said that those who are struck by the master of night live to a very old age.
(Adapted from Alanson B. Skinner and John Satterlee, 1915, “Folklore of the Menomini Indians,” Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History XIII:217-542.)