Those that remain are absolutely fascinating, however.
|The Flying Head.|
The False Face Society is an Iroquois medicinal society charged with healing. Part of their role as healers is to cure illnesses the other societies have been unable to cure. Long ago, those diseases were thought to have been caused by the Flying Head.
To scare him away, the False Face Society instructed the sufferer to carve an elaborate mask from a still-living tree. Once carved and consecrated, the False Face Society then performed a ritual with the masks to help scare away the Flying Head. Once the sufferer recovered from the illness, he or she was required to join the False Face Society.
To this day, these masks are sacred to the False Face Society and the Iroquois, as the masks portray the Great Doctor and are representations of a living spirit. Because of the significance of these masks, many Iroquois find it disrespectful to photograph them. If you want to see one, I'm sure you can find a photograph somewhere, but I opted not to post one here.
In many of the Flying Head stories passed down, the creature was defeated when he gobbled up hot coals, thinking they were the acorns a widow had been eating. When the hot coals burned the Flying Head, he fled, never to be heard from again. Which is probably for the best because he doesn't sound at all pleasant!
You can read one version of this legend here.
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