Wendigo is a very real creature of the northern woods
and prairies of Northern Minnesota and North Central
regions of Canada. The Wendigo is often encountered
by hunters and campers in shadowy forests. But, Kenora,
Canada is the place most known for its Wendigo sightings
that have well continued into the millennia, earning
it the title “Wendigo Capitol of the World.”
description of a Wendigo is generally the same: incredibly
thin, glowing eyes, long yellowed fangs and very long
tongues, over fifteen feet tall with sallow yellowish
skin. The spirit is said to have a voracious appetite
for human flesh, causing the disappearance of various
forest dwellers. “They’re hundreds of years
old. Each one was once a man. Sometimes an Indian, other
times a frontiersman or a miner or a hunter.”
Indians of the region call the Wendigo by various names,
including Witigo, Wikio, and Wee-Tee-Go but each of
them are roughly translated to mean “the evil
spirit that devours mankind.” Native American
versions claim that the Wendigo once had been human
but had been transformed into a creature by the usage
of dark magic.
to lore, the Wendigo is created whenever a human resorts
to cannibalism. “During some harsh winter a guy
finds himself starving, cut off from supplies or help.
Becomes a cannibal to survive, eating other members
of his tribe or camp. Cultures all over the world believe
that eating human flesh gives a person certain abilities.
Speed, strength, immortality. If you eat enough of it,
over years, you become this less than human thing. You’re
according the early settler’s version of the legend,
the Wendigo would often be seen as an omen of a death
in the community. A Wendigo had allegedly made a number
of appearances near a town called Rosesu, in Northern
Minnesota, from the late 1800’s though the 1920’s.
Each time that it was reported, an unexpected death
followed, and finally it was seen no more.
has been claimed that the Wendigo’s full powers
have never been recorded. From what we do know the creature
excels at strength and is “a damn near perfect
hunter.” It knows every inch of it’s territory,
every cave, tree and bush. “More than anything,
a wendigo knows how to last long winters without food.
It hibernates for years at a time, but when it’s
awake it keeps it’s victims alive. It uh, stores
them, so it can feed whenever it wants.” It can
also control the weather through the use of dark magic!
Because of this, the Native American tribes have actively
hunted the creature in the past.
Fiddler was perhaps the most famous of the Wendigo hunters.
He was a Cree Indian who claimed at least 14 Wendigos
in his lifetime! Jack Fiddler’s last murder resulted
in his imprisonment at the age of 87. In October 1907,
Jack and his son, Joseph, were tried and convicted for
the murder of a Cree Indian Woman. Jack admitted that
he was guilty of the crime, but to his defense, he stated
that the woman was cursed by the spirit of a Wendigo
and would eventually murder members of his tribe. Until
the end of his days this Native American “Van
Helsing” has held true to his conviction that
the sacrifice he and his son had made was indeed a noble
DO YOU KILL A WENDIGO?
are notoriously hard to kill. “This thing is a
good hunter in the day, but an unbelievable hunter at
night.” The Wendigo have few weakness, as far
as weapons are concerned it can only be killed by iron,
steel and silver. The most gruesome method of disposal
is by shattering the creature’s ice heart with
a silver stake and then dismembering the body with a
symbols. It’s for protection. The wendigo can’t
cross over them."
years ago, an entire civilization and culture vanished
without a trace; this is the mystery of the Anasazi
and it has puzzled many archeologists over the years.
Causing “absurd” theories of this mysterious
disappearance to sprout up, especially among New Age
and UFO groups. After over 20 years of arduous research,
archeologists now believe they hold the answer. The
ancestors of the Anasazi came to Angel Canyon at least
10,000 years ago and they had become a peaceful farming
society. But, modernization brought about its destruction.
Society soon became centralized as political/religious
leaders took control, built roads to outlying the colonies
and trade routes to other civilizations. Then, about
800 years ago the economy collapsed, the land had become
overworked and the leaders became tyrannical. The Anasazi
moved their homes into caves high in the cliff walls
and prepared to defend themselves. To add to the troubles
was a gang of roaming Toltec outlaws that often invaded
their small communities, terrorizing, murdering and
even eating members of the Anasazi tribe! Rather than
fight back, the Anasazi responded with a mass exodus-
just walking away and leaving their troubles behind
them. The Anasazi migrated South, eventually building
a new culture and religion that we know as the Hopi.
claws, the speed that it moves, could be a skin walker,
maybe a black dog.”
Black Dog lurks in graveyards, roads and moors throughout
Britain and Europe. They are littered throughout fairy
tales, found in the music of Robert “the man who
gave his soul to the devil” Johnson, and even
Sir Arthur Doyle’s HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.
But, what exactly is this creature that strikes fear
into the heart of millions?
Black Dogs are of supernatural origin, often said to
be a phantom, ghost, fairy creature, or an elemental
force, that mysteriously appears and disappears bringing
fear, chaos and sometimes death! The Black Dogs are
rumored to have many dark agendas: prophecy, revenge,
bloodlust, the hunt or merely a warning. These dark
and foreboding creatures are most commonly found in
Britain and Europe, and go by many names: Barghest,
Galleytrot, Hell Hound, Padfoot, Shuck, Snarleyow, Striker,
Trash, Wish or Whist Hound, Yell or Yelp Hound- to name
a few. Black Dogs can either be pitch black with burning
red eyes, or ghostly white with red ears.
such as in the widely spread legend in Europe of The
Hunt, these Black Dogs are joined by Lucifer himself!
The common prey of these Hell Hounds are unwary humans
wandering around on a dark and stormy night. It is also
believed that the Hunt is chasing the souls of the recently-deceased
unbaptised, with the intention of retrieving them for
encountering a Black Dog, there are various ways to
escape. An iron horseshoe, is it’s most common
weakness- due to the iron, known for warding off spirits,
and the horseshoe’s crescent moon appearance that
invokes a powerful feminine protective magic. Another
useful item of the trade, is a pocketful of iron fillings
or salt that can be flung into the path of the Hunt
and will distract it from its course. In some legends,
the Hunt is foiled when its prey crosses running water.
Black Dogs, such as the ‘Grim,’ guard cemeteries
and scare off any unwanted visitor past dark. While
other Black Dogs, often prefer roads and pathways as
their haunts. It is a rare occasion to run into these
Hell Hounds in urban environments, but there have been
documented sightings in the York alleyways.
"The other people that went missing
that year…those bear attacks too?"
are perhaps best documented among the beliefs of the
Navajo tribes. The Navajo believe that the Skin-walker,
more commonly referred to as Yenaldooshi, is an evil
human being who has gained the supernatural power to
assume the form of an animal through breaking cultural
taboo. More specifically, a person is said to gain the
power of a Skin-walker by murdering a close relative.
Skin-walkers are often described as naked wanderers,
who wear nothing but the skin of an animal, wandering
the community by night spreading misery and desecration
everywhere they go. Skin-Walkers are also often found
in Norse folklore, that speak of a person who can travel
in the shape of an animal to learn secrets and take
on certain animalistic traits. The most common example,
found in Norse folklore, of a Skin-Walker is that of
a warrior who takes on the strength and stamina of a
TIPPED BOW AND ARROW
that are tipped in silver are effective in killing vampires,
and other supernatural creatures who are vulnerable
to silver, such as the Wendigo.