Legendary Native American Figures: Witiko (Wihtikow)
Name: Witiko Tribal affiliation:Cree, Atikamekw Alternate spellings: Wihtikiw, Wihtikow, Wihtiko, Wiihtiko, Wetiko, Uitiko, Wiitiko, Weetigo, Witiku, Witigo, Weetekow, Weeteego, Wee-tee-go,
Outikou, Outiko, Weediko, Wi'tiko, Weeghteko, Wehtigo, Wetigo, Wihtigo, Weh-ta-ko, Whit-Te-Co.
Witikowak is a plural form (also spelled wihtikowak or wihtikiwak.) Pronunciation: Varies by dialect: usually wih-tih-kew or wih-tih-koh. Type:Monster, ice cannibal Related figures in other tribes:Windigo (Anishinabe),
Witiko are evil man-eating giants of Cree mythology. Witikos play the roles of monsters and
bogeymen in some legends; in others, Cree people who commit sins (especially selfishness,
gluttony, or cannibalism) are turned into a Witiko as punishment.
The appearance of a Witiko is huge, monstrous, and made of or coated in ice. In some Cree stories,
looking directly at a Witiko
will leave a person paralyzed and helpless against it. Witiko's heart is said to be made of ice, and the
monster can only be permanently killed if its heart is completely melted.