Indian werewolves: Blackfoot Werewolf
Indian werewolves: There were many different Native American Indian tribes in America before Europeans settled in America and one of the most interesting and well known tribes is the nomadic Blackfoot Tribe. It is the largest tribe in Montana. The term Blackfoot is derived from the English translation of the word ‘siksika’ which means ‘black foot’ and refers to the dark moccasins worn by Blackfoot Indian tribe people… The Blackfoot was made of three groups. They were called the Siksika or Blackfoot proper, the Kainah or Bloods, and the Piegan or Piikuni. There are many legends about the Blackfoot tribe, but one of the most famous is the one with the werewolves. A werewolf, also known as a lycanthrope. Werewolves are often attributed strength and speed far beyond those of wolves or men. Werewolves among North American Native beliefs are different from the European belief in a man who shifts to become a human-killing beast howling at the full moon. During wolf ceremonies, some warriors would dress in wolf pelts and paint themselves to look like wolves hoping to become like the wolf.
The legend with the Blackfoot wolf-man started long time ago. There was a man who had two wives. They were not good women. One day one of the women said to the other, “It is very lonely here; we have no one to talk with or to visit.” “Let us kill our husband,” said the other: “then we can go back to our relations and have a good time.” So they made a hole-trap and killed him. some people came to meet them and said, “Where is your husband?” “He is dead,” they replied. “Five days ago he went out to hunt, and he never came back.” And they cried and mourned again. But traveling over the prairie was a wolf that climbed up on the butte and came to the hole and, looking in, saw the man and pitied him. Following the big wolves came also many coyotes, badgers, and kit-foxes. The wolfs dragged the almost dead man out, they gave him a kidney to eat with a powerful medicine on it. the medicine made his head and hands look like those of a wolf. The rest of his body was not changed and he become a werewolf.