Legendary Native American Figures: Katshituashku, the Stiff-Jointed Bear
Name: Katshituashku Tribal affiliation:Innu, Cree Alternate spellings: Katshituasku, Katcitowack, Katcheetohuskw, Katci-to'wack'w, Katcitowackw, Katciitowackw, Katshitushk, Katcitowu'sk, Ka'gitowa'sko,
Kacitowaskw, Katshituseu, Katshituask, Kakatshwa, Katshitushk, Katcheetohuskw, Katshitushku Pronunciation: varies depending on dialect: usually kah-chee-too-ahshk or kah-jee-toh-wahsk. Also known as: Stiff-Jointed Bear, Misi-Maskwa Type:Monster, stiff-legged bear Related figures in other tribes:Great Naked Bear, Yakwawi'ak, Man-Eater, Hairless Bear
Katshituashku was described as a monstrous, man-eating creature resembling an enormous stiff-legged
hairless bear with a large head.
Its names literally mean "stiff-jointed bear" or "stiffly walking bear." (Misi-Maskwa means "giant bear.")
Some folklorists believe this creature may have been inspired by mammoths or mastodon fossils. You can visit our
stiff-legged bear site to read some opinions about that.