2. What Does Wendigo Mean?

The English spelling of wendigo comes from "wiindigoo" in the Ojibwe language, an indigenous North American language spoken by sections of the Algonquian people. Alternative spellings include windigo, wubdegim weendigo, and other names like it. It's thought that "wiindigoo" came from the Proto-Algonquian "wintekowa" which meant both "owl" and malevolent spirit." Interestingly, the wendigo's mythological origins also come from Algonquian-speaking nations. Additionally, the Algonquian people also call the wendigo the “spirit of lonely places.”

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