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Legendary Native American Figures: Wechuge

Name: Wechuge
Tribal affiliation: Beaver
Pronunciation: way-choo-gay
Type: Monster, ice cannibals
Related figures in other tribes: Windigo (Ojibway), Witiko (Cree), Chenoo (Mi'kmaq)

Wechuge is a kind of cannibal monster common to Northern Athabaskan mythology. In some legends the wechuge is portrayed as an ancient ice being that comes from the wilderness to prey upon humans, but in Beaver mythology it is more often said to be a person who has been possessed or overwhelmed by the power of one of the ancient spirit animals.

Wechuge Stories

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends

When You Sing It Now, Just Like New:
    Book of Dane-zaa (Beaver) folklore and oral traditions.

Additional Resources

 Where Happiness Dwells
 Beaver legends
 Beaver language
 Alberta languages
 Subarctic First Nations languages
 Athabaskans



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