Wisakedjak is the benevolent culture hero of the Cree tribe (sometimes referred to as a "transformer" by
folklorists.) His name is spelled so many different ways partially because Cree was originally an
unwritten language (so English speakers just spelled it however it sounded to them at the time), and
partially because the Cree language is spoken across a huge geographical range in both Canada and the
US, so it has many different dialects. Wisakedjak is a trickster character whose
adventures are often humorous. Unlike Plains Indian tricksters, however, Wisakedjak
is portrayed as a staunch friend of humankind, not a dangerous or destructive being.
Trickster and the Fainting Birds:
Excellent retelling of seven Cree and Ojibway "Whiskey Jack" stories.
American Indian Trickster Tales:
Compilation of more than a hundred Wisakedjak and other trickster stories from many different tribes.
Use discretion sharing these with kids as some of the stories contain adult humor.