Hoodoos are natural geological formations. A column of soft eroding rock is capped by less easily eroded stone. They’re found in earth’s badlands, including Drumheller, AB, where my husband grew up.
The Europeans named them Hoodoos, which refers to a form of folk magic. Hoodoo is similar to Voodoo, but is Christian. The goal of hoodoo is to access the supernatural to improve life. In some Cree and Blackfoot legends these formations were petrified giants who came alive at night to throw rocks at intruders and protect the valley.
Personal note: On my first trip to Drumheller to meet my husband’s family we drove past these hoo doos. I had no forewarning that they even existed. “Wow!” say I in amazement, “Look at that!!” My husband with his eyes on the road, and immunity bred of familiarity, replies, “ I know! They’ve built a new highway!”