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W for Wendigo by tohdaryl W for Wendigo by tohdaryl
The Wendigo is part of the traditional belief systems of various Algonquian-speaking tribes in the northern United States and Canada, most notably the Ojibwe and Saulteaux, the Cree, the Naskapi and the Innu people. Though descriptions varied somewhat, common to all these cultures was the conception of Wendigos as malevolent, cannibalistic, supernatural beings (manitous) of great spiritual power. They were strongly associated with the Winter, the North, and coldness, as well as with famine and starvation.


At the same time, Wendigos were embodiments of gluttony, greed, and excess: never satisfied after killing and consuming one person, they were constantly searching for new victims. In some traditions, humans who became overpowered by greed could turn into Wendigos; the Wendigo myth thus served as a method of encouraging cooperation and moderation.

Among the Ojibwe, Eastern Cree, Westmain Swampy Cree, Naskapi, and Innu, Wendigos were said to be giants, many times larger than human beings (a characteristic absent from the Wendigo myth in the other Algonquian cultures). Whenever a Wendigo ate another person, it would grow in proportion to the meal it had just eaten, so that it could never be full.Wendigos were therefore simultaneously constantly gorging themselves and emaciated from starvation.
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zombie-fresh-137 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Traditionally, a wendigo is depicted as having a deer or elk skull which is pretty odd because [since it's a spirit] no one really knows what it looks like. I never understood why/how the elk skull for a head became such a popular motif but, all this being said, I truly enjoy your interpretation of the wendigo! It's a creative new version that is horrifying & really depicts what the vicious spirit is supposed to represent!
In short, awesome work!!
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FlawedCreation Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
That is really cool!
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DancingInTwilight Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
i kinda wish this was a book :)
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:iconburzacca:
Burzacca Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
All of my yes.  Brutal, like totes brutal.
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:iconracstarebel:
RacstaRebel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Actual kinda reminds me of some of the silent hill monsters. . .
But yeah, no sleep anytime soon
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SweptByTheUndertow Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Wendigos are scary.. Did you know theyre real?
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Xeno667 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
If this were in Slender instead of Slenderman himself, the game would be ten times scarier.
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8thmessenger Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this picture for some reason. Maybe it's because it has hair. Other pictures I've seen they're bald!
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:iconloish:
loish Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
wow. so scary and interesting
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:iconrantret:
Rantret Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
every school day.... when I wake up
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:iconexunary:
Exunary Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks like me in the morning
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Ectochick Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Great, I live in the state where these are 'spotted' most often.
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:iconroxj:
Roxj Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
she looks like La niņa medeiros from the spanish movie
REC
OWO
i love it!
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gothiclucy666 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student
wooow, love this one :D
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wolfet Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
I freaking love Wendigos. I read a story about them as a kid and it simultaneously scared the ever living shit out of me AND made me love legends, folklore and horror. There is something so instinctively disturbing about them...
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owtkri Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing. I love it.
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unenglishable Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Ah, it's been a great while since I last heard of this creature.

The tale I read was chilling and surprisingly memorable; in fact, I was just thinking about it the other day, even though I read the story over 10 years ago. It's nice to put a picture to the legend! Great work.
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icia Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of those pieces that I wish I could just like. Because it creeps me out so much, I'm afraid to fav it. In case I'm sitting alone in the dark and happen upon this while browsing my favorites. T_T It's that good.
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DydjeeSanneex Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
that is me
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XxEkoSoundsxX Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student General Artist
reminds me of that one boss you have to kill in FF8 on the train
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Hands-and-Teeth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure what it is exactly about this that I like so much. I think its the deadness in the facial expression. It's like this creature has no mind, just hunger.
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95wave Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I've heard in some cultures that they came about when a man ate another person either living or dead
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ThePitbullLover Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
MANLY SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! My favorite monster of all tiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmeeeee!!!!
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey, you/they stole my vampire elves! Lol. This is damn close to what the Vamve'er(vampire elves) look like in my dark fantasy The Winter Vales. They were once short little elves and were corrupted and stretched into something like that.
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tohdaryl Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Jesus bleepin' Christ, you almost gave me a heart attack when u said i stole your elves, after i spend considerable hours of sketching and coloring to get that fugly dude (no offense Wendy) as i've pictured him.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was joking. It's remarkably like what I've envisioned. Mine are a little taller, lil more stretched, but it's close. This happens in life. I knew about the wendigo but didn't really know what it was supposed to look like.
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tohdaryl Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
dammit. :iconwejustdontknowplz: ah here we go.
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:icontohdaryl:
tohdaryl Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:iconwejustdon'tknowplz: and we will never know. (unless we lived to tell the tale if we see one ourselves)
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
GJ
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Maggie-X-Awesomeness Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
rawr
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WarriorNun Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sam! Dean! Get your shotguns!
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:iconhands-and-teeth:
Hands-and-Teeth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Come on man! Everyone knows you light em up with a flare gun!
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:iconwarriornun:
WarriorNun Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, I forgot! ^^; Derp
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Hands-and-Teeth Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
haha. XD
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WarriorNun Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Supernatural for the win! :highfive:
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Hands-and-Teeth Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
XD Totally.
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WarriorNun Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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Ozuchi-Kozuchi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That was my first thought upon seeing this...
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:iconwarriornun:
WarriorNun Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A fellow SPN Hunter! :highfive:
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:iconhibbe:
Hibbe Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
One of my favorite spooky myths man! Awesome job depicting it!
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MeaXMae Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
that's kinda sad, huh? in trying to sate their hunger they just get hungrier; that sucks.

very eye-catching, dude, nice, i was honestly scared for a second...
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JessilynAllenDilla Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student General Artist
well..it's garunteed that i wont be sleeping tonight
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CRMO Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow this one is crazy but good.
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LucassSonicCoyotes Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
More like
"What the Fuck"
:/
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Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
pretty good.
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RagtimeMouth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   General Artist
So gorgeous, honestly.
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explodingapple Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist
He looks so hungry...you want some chicken?

With mashed potatoes and greenbeans with a roll with strawberry cake for dessert? :icondeyedplz:

Probably not...:icontrollfaceplz:
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LittleBlueOwls Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This creature freaks me out but I can't stop looking at it...
What does human taste like?
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:icontessiie:
Tessiie Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Daaaaaang these guys are creepy.
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