"The snawfus, according to some backwoods folk, is just an albino deer with certain supernatural powers, puzzling to human beings but not dangerous. Some hillmen say that it can make tremendous leaps into the treetops; others endow it with great feathery wings, claiming that it can ‘fly through the timber, quiet as a hoot-owl.’ I have even heard that the snawfus bore flowering boughs instead of antlers. Leila A. Wade of Republic, Missouri, author of a serial entitled ‘On the Trail of the Snawfus’ which ran in Arcadian Life magazine from 1936 to 1938, added her impression that the animal ‘emitted spirals of blue smoke, which drifted away in delicate rings, and covered the hills.’ Miss Wade told me that, as a child, she never doubted that the glamorous blue haze which hangs over the Ozarks in the Autumn was due to smoke exhaled by the snawfus." ~Vance Randolph Fabulous Monsters in the Ozarks
As a Quaker and a Healer these articles interest me greatly.
The healing tradition associated with early Quakers (and modern Quakers as well) bears a lot of similarities with other European Spiritual Healing traditions, i.e. braucherei, coupeur/barreur de feu, kloge folk
The difference seems to be with the use of external tools for healing that would be found in other traditions. Quaker folk healing emphasizes silent embracing of the inner Light that may be passed to the patient through touch. This is similar to the braucherei practice of passing the hands along the body to manipulate the natural energies present. This can also be found with the French coupeurs/barreurs de feu who use no other tools but their hands and silent prayers.
This form of healing is far from dead. The Friends Meeting that I attend even has a healing group that meets once or twice a month. Quaker Traditional Healing is an interesting folk tradition that’s a part of my own ancestry (several of my ancestors I’ve discovered were Quakers), and I’m glad to see it is still a vital part of this community.