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Native American Legends: Biboon (Winter-Maker)
Tribal affiliation: Chippewa,
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,
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.
Native American Legends About Biboon/Wintermaker
The Helldiver and the Spirit of Winter:
Chippewa Indian legend about a brave grebe withstanding Winter-Spirit's fury.
The First-Born Sons Play Ball:
Ojibwa legend about Winter-Wind defeating the birds at lacrosse.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend:
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Children's book depicting an Ojibwe legend about Winter-Maker and a persevering duck.
The Mishomis Book: Voice of the Ojibway:
Excellent book by a Native author exploring Ojibway legends and traditions.
Rich anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Algonquian tribes.
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