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Wendigos: Cryptid or Tragic Legend

By: Brittany "Pagan" Adkins

There are several legends of monsters that pique my interest, and one from Native American lore is the Wendigo. This cryptid did not appear in the realm of my curiosity until after I saw the episode “Wendigo” on the TV show Supernatural. I wanted to know if it was real or at least based in fact, so I started researching. It was not too far off in the realm of reality from the show, which was surprising. I suppose that was when my interest in cryptids was truly born. 

Now for those of you who may not know what a Wendigo is let’s discuss it.

“The Wendigo is a creature or evil spirit from the folklore of the First Nations Algonquian tribes based in the northern forests of Nova Scotia, the East Coast of Canada, and the Great Lakes Regions of Canada and the United States.” – Wikipedia. 

According to the lore of the Algonquin-speaking tribes, this creature is described as a giant or much larger than normal human beings. The tribes associated with these legends include the Ojibwe, the Saulteaux, the Cree, the Naskapi, and the Innu. Though descriptions can vary a bit the Wendigo is often considered to be a malevolent, cannibalistic, supernatural being...

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