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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

TALL, PALE HUMANOID Observed by Several Witnesses at Northern Wisconsin Retreat Camp

A group of friends at a retreat camp in northern Wisconsin encounter a tall, pale humanoid while walking back to their cabin. Apparently, other campers and staff saw the being as well.

I received the following account:

"Hello. On the last day of my camp retreat in northern Wisconsin in Taylor County, me and my friend were walking up to our cabin to get our sweatshirts because it was chilly. My cabin is in the middle of two other cabins next to the woods. It is a public campsite and people come and go as they please. The woods we are next to go on for miles and miles and no people are living in there as far as anyone knows.

So me and my friends proceed to the cabin while the rest of the campers and staff are walking back from night games. When we reach the top of the hill we take our flashlights out to see where our cabin is. When I reach for the handle of our door, my friend says "Hey! That looks like a guy..." while pointing to the woods. I turned to see that there indeed was something that looked like a person. We chuckle, thinking it's part of a tree, but we start to notice that it is a humanoid figure watching us. Its height was abnormal, maybe 6 or 7 feet tall, it had long human-like arms, its body was greyish, and its neck was white.

We look at each other, shocked, and start to back up slowly while still shining the flashlight on the creature. The creature slowly raised its arm and moved toward us and that's when we booked it down the hill.

Later on that night, the staff patrolled to make sure nothing else happened around the campus. They came back to our cabin while I was calming down my friend and told us that they saw some movement near our cabins, but he couldn't tell what it was.

That night still haunts me to this day. Before the retreat, my brother noticed something peeking through the main cabin window, but before he could get a good look at it, it backed into the darkness. He only got to see its eyes and they were far from human. My brother's close friend even heard something trying to mimic the bullfrogs while he was in the porta-potty, and when it showed up, all the birds and frogs went silent.

On the first day of our retreat, me and my brother also heard a loud dog-like growl. No one on this earth can make a sound as real as what we heard and no dogs to be seen anywhere. I indeed am a Christian so it could be a demon, but I'm still wondering what this thing is." J

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The wendigo has been misappropriated from its original context in Algonquin folklore. The word "Wendigo" roughly means “The Evil Spirit Who Devours Mankind.” Originally it was depicted as a cannibal ice giant and cautionary tale relevant to the realities of Algonquin life. Euro-American popular culture mutilated it into what may only be described as a "zombie-were-deer."

First, the Algonquin monster has relevance to their traditional way of life. Their culture was reliant on teamwork, so selfishness is a deadly sin to them, and the wendigo is the ultimate embodiment of that.

Secondly, wendigo psychosis is a real mental illness and was historically used as a justification to destroy the Algonquin culture. There are written accounts in the last two centuries of people suffering from this illness being murdered by their peers.

So then, how was the Wendigo tale altered? This goes back over a century to Algernon Blackwood's story "The Wendigo." The story does not depict a Wendigo but seems to get it confused with the Inuit (not Algonquin) creature Ijiraq and possibly the Tariaksuq. In the story, the monster burns away a victim's feet with friction, while in myth the Ijiraq is sometimes described as stripping the flesh off its victim's shins and if it survives then it becomes a faster runner. The Ijiraq is otherwise described as a trickster who kidnaps children or lures hunters by pretending to be caribou. So, it is easy to assume Blackwood read about the Ijiraq and then twisted the details for his own story.

Now Euro-American popular culture takes the name of an Algonquin cannibal ice giant and applies it to a zombie-were-deer; it has been utterly stripped of its original context and symbolism. I doubt there will ever be much push-back against the zombie-wear-deer version since it has been burned into popular culture at this point.

Now, that being stated, I'm going to present several modern-day accounts that some of the witnesses described as the ‘Wendigo.' Then you can determine what the creature in the report is. Is it an original folktale of the cannibal ice giant or something a bit more contemporary?


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