The Legend of the Nain Rouge
As Told By Josef Bastian
The Nain Rouge (or Red Dwarf) had been a part of the natural world, existing long before the coming of humans. In the region the Chippewa called “Meicigama”, meaning great water, The Nain Rouge made his home near the narrow straits between the two lakes. This was the area that the later French settlers were to name “Detroit”, or the straits.
As the Steward of Straits, the Nain Rouge was responsible for keeping harmony and balance in the natural world near the straits of the great river. He befriended all living things; plants, animals and eventually the native tribes that began to settle the land.
It was not until the French settlers arrived that the Nain Rouge began causing trouble. It seemed that Antoine de Mothe Cadillac and his band of explorers bought some land from the natives, while stealing other tracts of land without cause or permission. The Nain Rouge could feel the discord resonating around him and knew that he must confront Cadillac and his men.
At first, the Nain Rouge was cordial and diplomatic. All this changed when Cadillac welcomed him into his quarters, only to mock him and decry his stewardship over the land. A quarrel began and soon turned into an angry brawl, causing great injury to Cadillac and his officers. The Nain Rouge was beaten mercilessly during the fight and fled from the settlement in anger and pain.
It is said that as he ran away, a curse was flung from his lips onto the entire region of Detroit. The curse, it is rumored, befalls anyone who creates evil of their own will, empowering the Nain Rouge with greater and greater strength throughout the centuries.
Now, the Nain Rouge is often seen just before a tragic event; a harbinger of doom that revels in the downfall of humanity.
Recently, there have been many more sightings of the Nain Rouge. He seems to be growing in power.
Some say the times are bad. Some say it is only getting worse.
Perhaps, the day of reckoning is upon us…
The Marche du Nain Rouge
The Marche du Nain Rouge is held every year in early Spring in Detroit. The parade is made to create a spirit of harmony as participants come together in celebration of renewal. La Marche is recognized throughout the city as the one day a year when every man, woman and child sets aside their differences to celebrate their individuality, fraternity and common destiny.
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