Wendigo...


Wendigo...

What are we to make of this evil spirit of Algonquin folklore, said to transform unfortunate travelers into cannibalistic monsters? Have true accounts of "wendigo psychosis" actually occurred in the Canadian wilds? Join Robert and Julie as they explore the mythic, anthropological and scientific dimensions of the legend.

Image Credit: We're sadly limited when it comes to wendigo depictions by Native American artists. I really wanted to use this fantastic wendigo illustration by First Nations artist Ray Carl. Norval Morrisseau, another First Nations artist, also created a fine wendigo in this painting. Above we see a traditionally carved and painted face on one of seven wooden poles that were mounted into the ground to form a dance circle. The poles are on display at the Algonquin Powhatan Indian Village near the Jamestown Settlement. (© Marilyn Angel Wynn/Nativestock Pictures/Corbis)

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Topics in this Podcast: folklore, monsters, psychology, cannibalism, native americans