An unusual black tea blend, containing rosemary, blackberry, and peppermint.

 

*Please continue to read for an in-depth history of this complicated Cryptid.*

 

Wendigo (/ˈwɛndɪɡoʊ/) is a mythological creature or evil spirit which originates from the folklore of First Nations based in and around the East Coast forests of Canada, the Great Plains region of the United States, and the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, grouped in modern ethnology as speakers of Algonquian-family languages A list of those in that group can found here including background, history and culture (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algonquian_peoples)

 

The wendigo normally is said to be a malevolent spirit, sometimes depicted as a creature with human-like characteristics, that can possess humans. The wendigo is known to invoke feelings of insatiable greed/hunger and a need to commit murder/cannibalize humans that fall under it’s influence. 

 

In some traditions, humans overpowered by greed could turn into wendigos. Other sources say wendigos were created when a human resorted to cannibalism to survive. Also, humans could turn into wendigos by being near the creature for an extended period of time. 

 

Clashing with its portrayals in twentieth-century and twenty-first-century settler culture, in indigenous representations the wendigo is described as a giant humanoid with a heart of ice; a foul stench or sudden, unseasonable chill might warn of its approach. Possibly due to longtime identification by Europeans with their own superstitions about werewolves, Hollywood film representations often label the Wendigo as a beast hybrid. Normally including antlers or horns in the depictions, but such animal features do not appear in the original indigenous stories. Though, in our representation of the Wendigo we tried to include a blending of the two- while respecting its origin. 

 

PLEASE, we encourage you to continue to educate yourself on the origin of this Cryptid and the cultures that it belongs to. Here are some pieces of media to help get you started:

 

Zarka, Emily (2019-10-17). "Windigo: The Flesh-Eating Monster of Native American Legend". Monstrum. Season 1. Episode 13. PBS Digital Studios.

Horn, Kahntineta (March 14, 2013). "Boogie Men". mohawknationnews.com. Kahnawake: Mohawk Nation News.

Marie Merasty (1974). The World of Wetiko: Tales from the Woodland Cree. Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College.

Ridington, Robin. “Wechuge and Windigo: A Comparison of Cannibal Belief among Boreal Forest Athapaskans and Algonkians.” Anthropologica, vol. 18, no. 2, Canadian Anthropology Society, 1976, pp. 107–29, https://doi.org/10.2307/25604963.

The Wendigo

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