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Wendigo

WindigocolorThe strange wendigo is one of the lesser known entries in the encyclopedia of cryptozoology. Most of us today probably know the term as a result of the 2001 horror film, the Algernon Blackwood story or the comic book character. There is some confusion over the names wendigo and windigo. The two terms are often used interchangeably however some say they are actually different, one being a weird living creature the other a spirit.

The legend of the wendigo has a long history. It was part of the folklore of the various Native American tribes – especially the Algonquian – and was to be found in what now makes up the northern US States and Canada.

The wendigo is sometimes considered to be simply a version of Bigfoot or Sasquatch. The creature’s origin is more complex – it’s a little like a cross between a werewolf, Bigfoot and a troll!

The wendigo is a man-beast that lives in alone the forest. It is far from benign, feeding whenever possible on human flesh – especially that of children.

The wendigo originates as a human being. However the person is then possessed by an evil spirit and transforms into the beast. The most common reason for becoming a wendigo is if one eats human flesh. For this reason, it has been suggested that the wendigo legend came about in order to prevent tribes from descending into cannibalism during times of food shortage.

Some say that those bitten by a wendigo will begin to develop a craving for human flesh and eventually become possessed themselves. There is no cure.

The wendigo is also known as the “spirit of the lonely places”.

It is certainly a lone creature, again possibly a reference to the casting out of those who break tribal taboos. The wendigo hides in the forests and tracks you silently, always just out of sight. It waits, biding its time until it can pounce.

Cryptid or Phantom?
If the wendigo is a mythical spirit, what is it doing in the cryptozoology section? Cryptids are real hidden creatures, not myths.

That’s true, however many myths have their basis in fact. Some believe that the legend of the wendigo is itself based on a strange Bigfoot like creature. Many unexplained disappearances have been blamed on wendigo attacks.

There have been many wendigo sightings over the years, especially in Minnesota where the creature is believed to live in the woods and prairies. In particular there was a rash of well publicised sightings around the beginning of the twentieth century; it was probably these that inspired Algernon Blackwood.

It’s interesting to note that the wendigo legend is restricted to the colder parts of the American continent and hasn’t spread south. Could the wendigo be a relative of the yeti?

Source:

http://www.wyrdology.com/cryptozoology/wendigo.html

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Ted Milam

Ted Milam

Ted grew up in Maryland and spent his early years near Antietam Battlefield, where he witnessed a few unexplained things as a young kid. When Ted graduated high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, and spent 10 years on active duty traveling the United States and quite a few Countries along the way. After a paranormal experience while serving in Japan, Ted knew he had to find out some answers. After leaving the Marines in 2002, Ted was hired as a Firefighter in the San Diego area, where he spent the next 6 years. In 2008, he went to Iraq as a contractor for a year, then in 2009, moved to Georgia where he works today as a Firefighter in the Savannah area. Ted founded Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations – Savannah, in 2010. Ted’s goal is to find some common answers in the paranormal field.
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Michigan Dogman

Werewolf? Weredog? Lycanthropy? One thing is certain…the Dogman is dangerous. It is thought to be responsible for several human deaths.

Witness describe the classic “werewolf” appearance…very large, 7ft tall, wolf like head with canine like sharp teeth and covered in dark/silver like short hair.

It hunts in packs, much like wolves, but it is not known if there is an alpha male. The Dogman lives in dens, either they dig or natural caves/holes. If you find one, stay clear. The dens appear large enough to fit several people in them. The Dogman is afraid of sunlight…or any light. If you encounter them, make sure you have a high lumens flashlight on you to scare them away…and give you time until sunlight. They have been shot at with conventional lead bullets and shotgun shells…none of which seem to affect it. Silver bullets? Take care if using that approach.

More information:

http://werewolfpage.com/myths/michigan_dogman.htm

 

Wendigo

From the Native American Algonquian language, meaning “evil spirit that devours mankind”, is a shapeshifting creature in Western Canada and the North West United States. It is not known why it is dangerous to humans…but it is thought to be the protector of the natural environment. Is it a spirit or a flesh and blood creature? The Native Americans seem to believe it is a nature spirit. Once you disturb it, it will hunt you down until the end. The thought of the only recourse if given time is to make an offering to it…plant a tree or replace what you destroyed.

Its appearance varies, but it is very large…up to 10ft, has a “rock” like appearance…basically if you combine the Dogman/Neanderthal/Bigfoot and give it a greyish rock like appearance. Since it is a shapeshifter, it might also appear as a wolf/coyote, owl or combination of those.

More Information:

http://monstropedia.org/index.php?title=Wendigo

Ted Milam

Ted Milam

Ted grew up in Maryland and spent his early years near Antietam Battlefield, where he witnessed a few unexplained things as a young kid. When Ted graduated high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps, and spent 10 years on active duty traveling the United States and quite a few Countries along the way. After a paranormal experience while serving in Japan, Ted knew he had to find out some answers. After leaving the Marines in 2002, Ted was hired as a Firefighter in the San Diego area, where he spent the next 6 years. In 2008, he went to Iraq as a contractor for a year, then in 2009, moved to Georgia where he works today as a Firefighter in the Savannah area. Ted founded Ghost Watchers Paranormal Investigations – Savannah, in 2010. Ted’s goal is to find some common answers in the paranormal field.
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