Chronicled for generations in Inuit and Canadian Indian legends, these vicious, phantasmal half-breeds are said to be the recipients of a cannibalistic curse.

While many modern paranormal researchers consider the Wendigo to be an alternate (or regional) name for the more traditional HAIRY-HOMINID known as SASQUATCH, this voracious, flesh eating monstrosity is considered by most Native American tribes (particularly the Inuits) to be another — and infinitely more dangerous — breed of beast altogether.

Known to different North American tribal groups by the names Wihtikow, Witigo, Witiko, Windigo, Weendigo, Windago, Windiga, Witiko and Wee-Tee-Go, this animal is almost universally described as being a lanky, 15-foot tall, beast-like phantasm, complete with glowing eyes, long, yellowed canine teeth and a hyper-extended tongue. This quasi-animal is almost always depicted with a coat of matted fur, but there are some eyewitness accounts which insist that the creature is hairless and covered with a sallow, jaundiced skin and  stag-like horns. Based upon these descriptions it is not surprising that this being has inspired terror in all who have encountered it.

Achieving international acclaim in Algernon Blackwood’s 1907 short story called “The Wendigo,” legends of this animal date back for centuries, and have almost always been associated with the act of cannibalism. In fact, one persistent tale details the Wendigo’s origin as being that of a human who was forced to resort to consuming his peers (no doubt in an unfortunate Donner Party-esque situation) in order to survive a particularly brutal Canadian winter.

Cannibalism has always been one of the great taboos for Native North Americans and the sole survivor of this ordeal was corrupted by his actions and possessed by evil spirits who transformed him into this hideous monstrosity. The legend insists that all those who have participated in the act of cannibalism (even in order to survive) risk the chance that they themselves may be transformed into a member of this bloodthirsty, half-corporeal, species.

Legends such as these have persisted (especially in northern Ontario) even into the 20th century, assuming almost the same terror inspiring position that WEREWOLVES once possessed in Europe throughout the middle ages.

There is even one intriguing case which hails from October of 1907 (a popular year for the Wendigo,) which involved a Cree man named Jack Fiddler, who had claimed to have killed 14 of these monsters during his lifetime. The story garnered international attention when the then 87 year-old men was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a Cree woman, whom he claimed was on the verge of transforming completely into a ravenous member of the Wendigo clan.

Neither Fiddler, nor his son Joseph, hesitated in pleading guilty to the crime, but both insisted that their decisive action averted what could have quickly become a profound tragedy for the other members of their tribe. Until the end of his days this Native American “Van Helsing” held true to his conviction that the sacrifice he and his son had made was indeed a noble one.

  • Chase

    i had also heard that they could move at extremely fast speeds, are extaordianry hunters, and could even in some cases bend time and teleport. Personally, it blows everything else out of the water and i think that this is possibly one of the most frightening creatures there is. Just wanted to know if any of these thoughts were true. can anybody help me out?

  • igitkat

    so i didnt believe that i saw this spirit/thing called carisamona…. she would skratch me, she moved very very fast. glowing eyes, no teeth… but i do faintly remember it’s tounge.

    at least 15 feet tall, it was able to teleport… but it was haunting my ex boyfriend. and follows him still. i thought it was a wierd ghost until i drew it today for a friend and she says “wendigo”….

    f***ing eh!

  • The Wolf Spirit

    The wendigo is a immortal spirit that has an extreme appetite it’s about 15 feet tall and lanky has a skeleton like head with horns like a deers the wendigo has skin of the colour of ash it has owl like eyes and chunks of skin missing such as its lips and arms this is because the wendigo will eat it’s own skin it has fur and reminds alot of people of big foot or the Werewolf the wendigo has been dated back before the white men came to America stories sightings possesions. wendigos are very fast and excellent hunters and will stalk their prey they posses them and turn them into cannibals one story widely know is the one of Swift Runner he was possessed by the Wendigo and killed and ate his family nothing left but bones and one thing to get straight you can’t kill the wendigo it’s a spirit you can’t kill spirits it’s immortal the wendigo is said to been seen a lot near the great Lakes and near Canada the wendigo prefers the cold weather and likes to live in the woods in dark places in my opinion the wendigo is one fightening creature

  • I hope your still alive igitkat. If you did see that creature your livery is probably being eaten by that thing. Yes it’s true chase. I’ve heard it’s alluring call and done the research all those statements are true.

  • I have a friend of Huron ancestry. He states that the Wendigo was their explanation for missing people, especially during the winter. He said (and I quote), “of course, most likely they were lost in the wilderness and died from cold exposure… some may have been eaten by wolves or bear, but their disappearance was often attributed to the Wendigo.” My grandfather who was Apache said that their version of the Wendigo is today what we would call a tornado. But back then it was seen as a strange, spirit, beast that would snatch people up, and tear them limb from limb.

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