Legend of Chief Chocorua
(Aka, The Chocorua Legend)
The Legend of
Chief Chocorua is based in Albany, NH
Chocorua's legend states that the Indian Chief
Chocorua refused to flee from conflict with the
white man. He stood his ground to fight for his
Chief Chocorua befriended one of the
colonial settlers, a man by the name of Cornelius
Campbell. Chief Chocorua left his son Tuamba in the care
of Cornelius Campbell's family while he went north to
celebrate a powwow. In the absence of Chief
Chocorua, his son Tuamba ate
some poison that was meant to kill marauding wolves.
When Chocorua returned, Cornelius Campbell was away.
Chocorua was so angry over the death of his son that
he killed Cornelius's wife and son. When
Cornelius returned home, he found his family dead, he
knew it was the doings of Chief Chocorua and hunted
down the Indian Chief for revenge. Chief Chocorua fled
to the top of the highest nearby mountain (Mt.
Chocorua), knowing he would die. When Chief Chocorua
reached the peak of the Mount Chocorua, he raised his arms to the sky and shouted "Evil
spirits breathe death upon the cattle of the white
man! Wind and fire destroy your dwellings! Panthers
and wolves howl and grow fat on your bones. Chocorua
goes now to the Great Spirit!" and then leaped
Two years later, Cornelius
dead on Mt. Chocorua, partially eaten by wolves.
and legends in the Mt. Chocorua area all blame Chief
Chocorua for the curse he put on the land and the
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