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Legendary Native American Figures: Mishibizhiw (the Underwater Panther)
Mishibizhiw is a powerful mythological creature something like a cross between a cougar and a dragon. It is a dangerous monster who lives in
deep water and causes men and women to drown.
Tribal affiliation: Ojibwe, Algonquin, Ottawa, Menominee, Shawnee
Alternate spellings: Mishibizhii, Mishipeshu, Mishipizheu, Mishibijiw, Mishipizhiw, Mshibzhii, Mshibzhiw, Mishibizhi,
Mishipiishiiw, Msipissi, Msi-Pissi
Pronunciation: Varies by dialect: usually mih-shih-bih-zhew or mih-shih-bih-zhee
Also known as: Underwater Panther
Type: Monster, water spirit, panther
The Underwater Panther:
Chippewa legend about two women's encounter with Mishibizhiw.
Ojibwe storytellers describe the legendary underwater panther.
Legend of the Giant Skunk:
Cree story about how Great Lynx defeated a giant skunk monster.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Good collection of traditional folktales retold by an Ojibway author.
Excellent anthology of stories, songs, and oral history from the Ojibwe and other Algonquian tribes.
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Woodlands Native Americans
Algonquian Indian languages
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