Tituba (TIT-yū-ba) is the founder of Dan Obeah at New World Magischola. She is a powerful witch and nagual (na-GŪL), known for her healing and transformation abilities. Tituba is the assumed name she gave; her actual identity is unknown.
A lot of legend exists about the origins of Tituba, including that she was Native American, West African, a combination of Black and “Indian”, or from the West Indies. Those in the Wizarding world know the answer to this confusion is simply, “yes.” Tituba was also a blackstag, a yellow boar, a winged woman, a fox, a jaguar, a raven, and any number of other forms: Tituba was a nagual, a shapeshifter, and her powers were formidable. Most Nagual can only change into a single animal. Tituba, however, had multiple forms. In the mundane world, she was a slave of the Parris family of Danvers, Massachusetts, a position that granted her access to the inner circle of European settlers about whom she and other members of the Wizarding world in neighboring tribes were profoundly curious.
A powerful witch, Tituba was also adept at imbuing objects with magic, and she used her role as a slave responsible for cooking meals to create “witch cakes” which could ward off or create curses on those who would eat them. When Tituba noticed that several members of the Puritan settlement—Sarah Osborne, Sarah Good, and later, Abigail Williams—possessed magical talent, she made the decision to began mentoring them and teaching them how to control their powers and keep them hidden in the presence of non-magical peers. Her interest in educating these young women stemmed from an ultimate goal of bringing the colonial europeans into the existing magical culture of the New World, but things went awry. Williams, the least gifted of her students but a member of a prominent family, turned on Good, Osborne, and Tituba, blaming her “fits” (evidence of her own magical power) on the other three in an attempt to point the blame away from herself.
Though Good was hanged for witchcraft and Osborne died in prison awaiting trial, Tituba escaped lasting harm even though she confessed to practicing the occult and gave wildly vivid, and completely false, testimony about her magical practices. Her “confession” of fabricated practices was designed to keep the actual magical community and its methods a secret, as well as an attempt to protect her pupils. Tituba was sentenced to mundane prison where she continued her covert activities, regularly escaping from and returning to her cell, unbeknownst to her captors. After more than a year of the aggravation and inconvenience remaining nominally imprisoned, she called on the help of certain Ojibwe Wizards who elected to help secure her release in exchange for the mundane money she had accumulated by selling potions and curing all manners of unusual ailments. By the time of her release, the European Magical Culture had dominated the New World. She traveled to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, located in Solaris Province and found Virginia Dare.
While in Solaris Province, She, Dare, and Étienne Brûlé decided to start a formal school to train Wizards of all families and backgrounds in the magical arts. Together they went to recruit Calisaylá for their new school of magic. Though their reasons for creating a new institution of higher magical education differed, the four founders banded together to provide an alternative to Imperial Magischola. Tituba and the other founders wanted to create a new world of magic, one that drew from a variety of traditions, heritages and cultures, not privileging one over another.
At New World Magischola, she founded Dan Obeah, which is a house that values knowledge, clear thinking, and caring for oneself, others, and the environment. Students sorted into Dan Obeah have a thirst for knowledge, and believe in its power to bring freedom from enslavement. They value transformation, renewal, and wisdom, and they strive to use your formidable power, skill, and clear-thinking for good. They seek harmony, consensus, and symbiosis, but also recognize when something toxic needs to be eliminated, and aren’t afraid to be the one to do it.
Tituba's expertise in botany, ritual, potion making, and the relationship between the spirit and physical world are recognized around the world, and her wisdom and teachings are still used and valued today. Many communities owe a great deal to Tituba, as more than once she helped restore the essential energetic balance among beings.
Many New World Magischola students today, repeat her journey along the Solaris coast to meet Virginia Dare before their first day of school, in hopes of gleaning some of the power and serenity she gathered. It is referred to as “Taking the Long Way Here”.