Legendary Native American Figures: Biboon (Winter-Maker)
Name: Biboon Tribal affiliation:Ojibwe, Ottawa, Algonquin, Cree Alternate spellings: Bibon, Pipon, Bboon, Peboon, Bi-bon, Bee-boan, Pee-boan, Gichi-Biboon, Beboonikae, Biboonike, Piponuuklie, Gaabiboonike, Kabebonicca, Kabibonaka, Kabibona'ka, Kabibonu'ka, Ka-be-bon-ik-ka Pronounced: bih-boon or bih-bone, depending on dialect Also known as: Giiwedin, Winter-Wind, North Wind, Old Man Winter, Winter-Maker, Winter Maker, Wintermaker, Winter Spirit Type:Wind spirit, winter
Biboon is the North Wind spirit of the Anishinaabe tribes. His name varies widely from community to community.
Biboon (and its many spelling variants) literally means "Winter." Gichi-Biboon means "Great Winter,"
and Biboonike and Gaabiboonike are names meaning "Winter-Maker" or "One who causes the winter."
Giiwedin literally means "north wind," although this name is rarely used to refer to the mythological character.