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The Peeping Squaw (Chippewa Park)

Many points of interest can be viewed from the decks of pleasure craft plying the waters of Thunder Bay. Among the most interesting is the natural spectacle nicknamed "The Peeping Squaw".

Cruising towards the Sleeping Giant and looking westward, an oddity presents itself as the boat passes Pie Island. For a short distance only, one can see what appears to be a woman peeping out behind the plateau that gives the Island its name. As the boat passes on the figure appears to vanish, almost as if she had gone into hiding again.

A quaint legend explains the origin of this phenomenon of nature.

Greatly resenting the influx of the white man upon the territories of his people, Nanabijou, the Native Spirit of the Deep Sea Water, sought to frighten them away. Taking his giant Thunder Bird with him, he swept up and down the shores of the Great Lake causing havoc with his terrible thunderstorms wherever the white man's camps appeared.

As the number of these camps grew, Nanabijou spent more and more time away from his temple on the mountain, and soon his good wife became tired of not having her husband with her. To pass the many long days away, she would take her bow and arrows and hunt, for she was known to be a great huntress.

While his wife was away on one of these hunting trips, Nanabijou returned, tired and hungry. He found his home cold and his table empty.

Already filled with anger at the white man, the Great Spirit flew into a terrible fit of temper and went in search of his wife. Finding her at last, he raged at her for her neglect of him. When his wife angrily upbraided him for leaving her, he raised his great hands and struct her down.

When his anger had subsided, he was filled with grief and went out to try and find his wife, but Manitou, the greatest of all Native Gods had turned her to stone and placed her upon Pie Island so that Nanabijou would not harm her again.

There she can be seen peeping out at everyone that approaches hoping it is her beloved husband.

Some day if Nanabijou should come again and the Manitou forgives him, legend say she will disappear and if she does, she will never leave his side again.