The Tuscola Nation believed that the great thunderstorms which swept into the north Mississippi hill country were the manifestation of departed souls. As the dead rose to the sky, to join the great celestial hunt as stars, the Tuscola believed, they would gather color and shape about them.

Gentle souls, especially those of young children, would arise as the fine white clouds on a summer day. There were not enough deaths among the Tuscola to account for all the clouds in the sky, naturally; they attributed the rest to the souls of their neighbors the Oscoda or the animals of the forest. The departure of whole forests of life accounted for the dour cloudiness of winter, in their view.

Violent or wicked souls, on the other hand, would result in storms. The most potent of the departed would accumulate a storm so intense as to generate tornadoes, which the Tuscola interpreted as the deceased attempting to return to walk the earth.

Particularly feared among the Tuscola were sorcerers which they held could eject the soul at the center of a maelstrom and take control of it for themselves.

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