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The Legend of Makwa Ikwe, Flash Fiction

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July 19, 2018, Carrot Ranch Literary Community prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about Fannie Hooe. Although she is a legend in the Keweenaw, feel free to go where the prompt leads.

Respond by July 24, 2018.


They say Fannie Hooe drowned, but my daddy told me a different story. He said she didn’t drown, she transformed. After a bear mauled her and rolled her carcass down the hill to the beach to die, the Chippewa found her.

The Indians nursed her back to health. Daddy said she was deformed after the bear attack. The Indians didn’t care. To them, she was Bear Woman, *Makwa Ikwe.

Fannie fully integrated into their native society and became a powerful shaman. Her magic was very strong. I know, because she healed me, and I lived to tell this story.


*Makwa Ikwe means Bear Woman in the Ojibwe language.


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About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  3. Fabulous legend, Colleen! It extends the bear story and includes regional customs.

  4. Beautiful story!

  5. Your piece feels like it could fit in well with the Auel series Clan of the Cave Bear 🙂
    I enjoyed those books and your flash that allow for magic and healing.

  6. I adore this story, sis. The bear is one of my animals that has always been with me. <3

  7. Inspiring and great ending, Colleen. Have a great week!

  8. It could have been true. I believe in their natural healing power. A very good story, Colleen!

  9. oh I absolutely love this, the healing powers of our local tribes are often overlooked, great writing 🙂

  10. Oh, how cool is this! <3

  11. Love it sis 💜

  12. Aw, lovely story, Colleen 🙂

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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