It Consumes What It Forgets

Carter Meland


This essay offers a reflection on what the wiindigoo is in Anishinaabe thought and experience, exploring it's cannibalistic impulses particularly as a presence in educational institutions and the contemporary fossil fuel economy. It explores this presence in the northwoods of the Anishinaabe homelands and as a presence in the experience of the author's family life. It explores the ramifications of forgetting one is a human and what sort of compassion it takes to face this destructive spirit without submitting to it.


Native American; Anishinaabe; Ojibwe; Windigo; cannibalism

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