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Hi guys! this is an image done time ago for National Geographic Kids: Everything Mytology! It was a very fun project to work here I draw a lot of creatures :) I hope you like it!
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The Wendigo (also known as windigo, weendigo, windago, windiga, witiko, wihtikow, and numerous other variants including manaha)is a demonic half-beast creature appearing in the legends of the Algonquian peoples along the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Region of both the United States and Canada. The creature or spirit could either possess characteristics of a human or a monster that had physically transformed from a person. It is particularly associated with cannibalism. The Algonquian believed those who indulged in eating human flesh were at particular risk;  the legend appears to have reinforced the taboo of the practice of cannibalism. It is often described in Algonquian mythology as a balance of nature. 

  The Wendigo is part of the traditional belief systems of various Algonquian-speaking tribes in the northern United States and Canada, most notably the Ojibwe and Saulteaux, the Cree, the Naskapi, and the Innu people. Although descriptions varied somewhat, common to all these cultures was the conception of Wendigos as malevolent, cannibalistic, supernatural beings (manitous) of great spiritual power. They were strongly associated with the winter, the north, and coldness, as well as with famine and starvation. Basil Johnston, an Ojibwe teacher and scholar from Ontario, gives one description of how wendigos were viewed:

"The Wendigo was gaunt to the point of emaciation, its desiccated skin pulled tautly over its bones. With its bones pushing out against its skin, its complexion the ash gray of death, and its eyes pushed back deep into their sockets, the Wendigo looked like a gaunt skeleton recently disinterred from the grave. What lips it had were tattered and bloody. Unclean and suffering from suppurations of the flesh, the Wendigo gave off a strange and eerie odor of decay and decomposition, of death and corruption" 

At the same time, Wendigos were embodiments of gluttony, greed, and excess: never satisfied after killing and consuming one person, they were constantly searching for new victims. In some traditions, humans who became overpowered by greed could turn into Wendigos; the Wendigo myth thus served as a method of encouraging cooperation and moderation.

Among the Ojibwe, Eastern Cree, Westmain Swampy Cree, Naskapi, and Innu, Wendigos were said to be giants, many times larger than human beings (a characteristic absent from the Wendigo myth in the other Algonquian cultures). Whenever a Wendigo ate another person, it would grow in proportion to the meal it had just eaten, so that it could never be full. Therefore, Wendigos were portrayed as simultaneously gluttonous and emaciated from starvation.

All cultures in which the Wendigo myth appeared shared the belief that human beings could turn into Wendigos if they ever resorted to cannibalism, or, alternatively, become possessed by the demonic spirit of a Wendigo, often in a dream. Once transformed, a person would become violent and obsessed with eating human flesh. The most frequent cause of transformation into a Wendigo was if a person had resorted to cannibalism, consuming the body of another human in order to keep from starving to death during a time of extreme hardship, for example in hard winters, or famine. Among northern Algonquian cultures, cannibalism, even to save one's own life, was viewed as a serious taboo; the proper response to famine was suicide or resignation to death. On one level, the Wendigo myth thus worked as a deterrent and a warning against resorting to cannibalism; those who did would become wendigo monsters themselves.

Among the Assiniboine, the Cree and the Ojibwe, a satirical ceremonial dance originally was performed during times of famine to reinforce the seriousness of the Wendigo taboo. The ceremonial dance, known as a wiindigookaanzhimowin in Ojibwe and today performed as part of the last day activities of the Sun Dance, involves wearing a mask and dancing about the drum backward.
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DarrolLayman2015 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, compares to the other portrayals of the wendigo, this one ain't bad. Good Job.
RA-Sols Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
Looks a hell of a lot cooler then the ones from Until Dawn. XD;
SeedOfTheSky Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Photographer
Very interesting take on the Wendigo. Love it ^^ :heart:
foxylonf Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2015
se e o bichao memo em parsa
alithking Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
Excelente trabajo.
Honeclaws Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
Hmmm... The sources that I read said that the wendigo doesn't have legs...
theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
Related figures in other tribes: Kee-wakw (Abenaki), Chenoo (Mi'kmaq), Witiko (Cree)... according to a website on natives languages
(there is a number of algonquian peoples in the province of Quebec)

Badass and freaky, as the spirit of hunger and famine should be... :fear: :iconsunglassesplz:
Chuckdraco Featured By Owner May 29, 2015   Traditional Artist
Dude I'm one of ur fans so badly I play mitos y leyendas for so long and ur art work is my favorite I hope I can get some tips, an I love the game I'm in Utah now and I'm sad cuts I can get the new card game here please help if u know how I can get some or where. Love ur art men and I hope u contact me
TheBlackHawk64 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What program do you use? I'm a huge fan:)
brolyssj8 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Freaking awesome
MantaDrifter Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Epic I bow to your skill
DAZUMA Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
raydindeherrera Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Student Artist
your art is really cool! this wendigo looks like a werewolf XD
NyahS2-Sayuri-chan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
A amazing work!!!
I met wendigo watching supernatural, and I think it's an interesting creature, and your interpretation of this creature was incredible! Congratulation! :3
wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Powerfull image and a great explanation of the Wendigo mythos!!!!!!
Bieng ojibwe/cree myself i love to see works like this!!!!
Rotome89 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap that is AMAZING!
CyrusGrissom Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
One of the most unique monsters ever
Luca72 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Amazing pose and design! I love how you made it almost emaciated but lean and dangerous as well
zestoneman Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... it's amazing!!!
iLoVEoNepIeCe00 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
goood job mann!!
MantaDrifter Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Great work
MidnightSprint Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Ahhhh. The Wendigo. I remember THIS one very well from my family growing up.
Scourgeheart29 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Incredible detail!!!
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xpegasus12 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
This is incredible.
DragonMyths Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks a bit like a werewolf, but then demonic :) 
MaroonMaverick Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
u people should look up list of mythological monsters. it is worth reading
Satoshi444 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Look so terrifying. But this is one amazing looking picture, and I love it just as everyone does!
DavidCherokee245 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Wendigo, One of America's Most Legendary Creature in history, Amazing :)
KeIIion Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
wow so awsome *-* wendigo , would be so so fantastic when you draw more of them

(with 4-5 toes on the feet ,he would look an bit awsome more)
Aztecatl13 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Wow the Wendigo is a very interesting creature :D 

great art. 
vonsilvo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Crakower Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
WAaaaa! I think I've fainted. 
Ultimatepsychosonic Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Daaaaamn, nice job, man. Way better than the one I saw at a Spider-Man/Wolverine comic book
Rampage546 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Oh my goodness....that is so
KidSapiens Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Excellent work on this one - however, I'm also going to have trouble sleeping tonight.

Writers-411 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is so cool!
naldridge Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014   Digital Artist
Such an awesome design!!
ThatzNice Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
so trippy! I had to look at it for a long time, but dude, this is AMAZING!!!!!
Tha-RIPPER Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
WAAAY cooler looking then the Marvel Comics wendigo :nod:
Kenny-boy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
WOW!!!! Looking good! One of my favorite mythological creatures.
KP-Creations Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! :)
hellou4 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
bloody awesome!
Bozonetheclown Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
He must get quite the indigestion.
CuddlesTheOctopus Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I thought it was an ice zombie giants
MrFuzzy332 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
just...AWESOOME!!! :D
BeautifulMaidenIzumi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist
that is badass, good work :)
pepier Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that thing is seriously amazing. love the details and info!
SPINOSAURUS8484 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Anyone else imagining a Werewolf and this thing fighting. 
Nice :D
shadowkyn Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is AWESOME!
Zarory Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I like it :D
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