For hundreds, if not thousands, of years a mysterious being has called Detroit its home, standing guard, ever vigilant, against disasters of all manner. This creature, whether simply folkloric, inter-dimensional or extraterrestrial, has tried to warn the citizenry of any calamitous events that could befall our community.
Now, this creature’s motives have been twisted by unseen corporate masters.
An invisible hand motivated by fear and greed has rallied its forces to chase this being from the very home it has sworn to protect.
An informed citizenry is a powerful one. Keeping the citizens of Detroit and its surrounding communities trembling in fear keeps us divided. If there is a problem it is not the fault of some ancient, perhaps only folkloric, creature… the responsibility, for most, calamities are our own! We need to take back our power from those who strain to keep us powerless, those very same that try and convince us that the Nain Rouge is the source of the problems. Our wonderful, vibrant, growing, evolving community needs love not anger. We need to unite in brotherhood not intolerance! Stand up against the ill-informed minds that strive to strangle our city.Guard our voiceless guardian!
Follow the example of the Nain Rouge and alert those around you to any trouble or misfortune you may know of.
Help protect our protector.
About Our Hero
The beginnings of Detroit’s Nain Rouge are thought to originate from the Algonquin creation myths which concern Glooskap who, after creating the Earth and men continued by forming beings, such as fairies and dwarfs. These nature spirits were to act a protectors of certain regions of the country and to ensure that Glooskap’s evil brother Malsum would cause no harm to man, man’s community, or the natural environment. When European missionaries spread throughout Michigan the tribal Gods, and supernatural creatures, were turned into demons and evil spirits in an attempt to vanquish them from memory.
Things have changed. Detroit now has a yearly “Nain Rouge” festival, the “tricky” little devil has been written about in numerous books and almost everyone around the metro Detroit area has now, at a minimum, “heard about it”. Most commonly brought up, when people discuss The Nain Rouge (Red Dwarf), is a collection of local legends that was printed in 1884. Although this tome contains dozens of different stories 3 mention The Nain Rouge. In the 1896 book Myths And Legends of Our Own Land by Charles M. Skinner the original tales are retold and a few new ones added to make more shocking reading. Yet even in Skinner’s imaginings The Nain Rouge is still only a character reacting to situations brought about by others and not the creator of the problems people experience. Not surprisingly, most people have never read these original stories by which so much of the modern legend has taken shape. Hopefully by posting these tales people will have a deeper understanding of the legend and perhaps a more informed view of the supernatural history of Detroit.
People all around and in Detroit now believe, incorrectly, that this alleged supernatural creature is one that actually manifests fear and mischief. In reality, the creature is a herald to all upcoming “terrible” events; the original Algonquin legends see it as a protector and guardian who stands ever vigilant over the city of Detroit and it’s residents making sure that all are aware of any future calamity.