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Paranormal Creatures: The Wendigo
The images of the Wendigo
Northern Minnesota/Southern Canada
How would like to spend a weekend camping in the woods of Northern Minnesota or Canada? Sounds like quite the adventure doesn’t it? How about at the same time, you come across a cannibalistic beast? I bet you’d think that that would really add spice to the expedition. Well, if you decide to go into either of those woods, it’s important to take some pre-cautions. I’m not talking about getting supplies (although that’s important too). I am talking about the Wendigo (or Windigo. Whatever you perfer).
What is the Wendigo you ask? I was asking earlier if you wanted to come across a cannibalistic beast, so there’s your first insight to this creature. The Wendigo prefers cold climate regions, so it makes sense that it has been seen in Minnesota and Canada. Apparently, it’s also believed to take these forms of a malevolent spirit that possesses a human, or a human that physically transforms into one shortly after committing the act of cannibalism. Locals that live in the areas of the Wendigo (Rosesu, MN is one of them)sightings say it’s a different breed of bigfoot. However, the descriptions of the beast make it sound more like a werewolf than a sasquatch.
The Wendigo is a very thin creature, but it has a vigorous appetite for human flesh. It’s believed that the more humans it eats, the bigger and more evolved the monster gets. It wants human flesh and blood and it’s never satisfied with what it gets. It always wants more. According to Nathan Carlson, an Ethno-historian, it has owl like eyes with large claws. It’s also said to smell like death. The Wendigo is said to be the “spirit of lonely places.”
The legend of this beast first began hundreds of years ago when the Algonquin tribes were faced with starvation. The tribes resided in the Northern U.S. and Southern Canada. They were running out of natural food sources, which led to some tribe members to resort to cannibalism. It was said that after a tribesman had feasted on another man, he vanished from the camp site to never be seen again. Shortly after that, people began to disappear from the tribe. There would be evidence of clothing with blood on it. Over this time, a witness would come across the beast every once in a while to see it enjoy it’s tasty supper.
It is said that the only way to become a Wendigo is through cannibalism. A Cree Indian by the name of Jack Fiddler was a Wendigo hunter. He claimed that this creature existed and had killed fourteen of them in his lifetime. He was trailed for the last one he killed. Jack and his son Joseph had killed a Cree Indian woman. Interestingly, they admitted to committing the crime. They admitted to it because they claimed that the woman had been possessed by the evil spirit and it was only a matter of time before she started killing people. This was acceptable among fiddler’s tribe, but it wasn’t to the Mounties court. Jack and Joseph were arrested for murder. However, Jack got away, but sadly decided to hang himself. Joseph was convicted and sentenced to death, but that decision was overturned 3 days after Jack’s death.
As of today, the creature is occasionally seen. The most recent event occurred in 2008. A rather bizarre and disturbing situation took place on a Greyhound Bus in Canada. The bus was nearing Portage la Prairie, Manitoba when suddenly a 40 year old man named Vince Weiguang Li took out a large hunting knife and started stabbing the man that was next to him sleeping. The passengers on the bus said he did it with no hesitation at all. They all ran outside of the bus and kept the door shut until the police arrived. Disturbingly, he walked calmly towards them and showed that he had decapitated the man. He even ate some of the victims flesh. Garnet Caton, a passenger said “There was no rage in him. It was just like he was a robot or something.” Strangely, earlier that week, the man had delivered newspapers to homes and there was an article about the Wendigo in it. Is the story in the newspaper responsible for this? It seems that he could’ve gotten the idea from there. If you’re in the area of Northern, MN or Southern Canada, beware of the malevolent spirit of the Wendigo.
I’d also like to add in that although I find researching things of the paranormal and the unexplained very interesting, you have to keep in mind that someone’s life was lost tragically and unexpectedly. Send out prayers for the victim.
The Story of the Wendigo
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