WEREWOLF. The word evokes all sorts of emotions. Maybe Fear of being bitten and becoming a Werewolf. Or maybe romance because of all those Twilight teeny monster love novels. Maybe lost livestock. Or Lupis or Lupus. And of course confusion. So while we scratch our heads in complete bafflement trying to figure out why the above wolf-thing fits NO modern wild or domesticated species, let’s check out the HISTORY of the AMERICAN WEREWOLF:
THE HISTORY OF THE WEREWOLF has roots in many cultures dating back to before Rome. One legend tells us about an early Native American tribe in pre-USA Wisconsin. It was here that members of the ‘Fox Tribe’ were the first to receive the presence of the Werewolf.
In this legend, a spirit-god named Wisakachek – ‘Wee-ZA-Kah-Chek’ – was a shape-shifter who lived in the woods. He was a friend to humans, and his physical form was a wolf. Matter of fact, in some Native American Lore, after Man was created, WOLF was created BEFORE woman, but that’s another story….
One day Wisakachek was walking the woods as a man when he saw two brothers from the Fox tribe hunting. The Fox boys had just killed a deer.
Wisakachek walked up to the boys and introduced himself as a lost, hungry man from a different tribe. One Fox boy offered the man some of the deer meat.
One week later, Wisakachek appeared in the woods again and saw the same Fox boys hunting. One Fox boy explained that ever since they caught the deer, they had no luck with game, and were very hungry.
Wisakachek, remembering the Fox boys’ generosity, told them he had no meat to give, but he could share with them his POWER. THE POWER to shape-shift into a wolf so they could catch a deer easily. Then Wisakachek changed into a wolf. Then back into a man again. The Fox boys agreed to share the POWER of the WEREWOLF.
BUT! Wisakachek told the Fox boys they could not hurt any human as a WEREWOLF, only to hunt.
The boys became WEREWOLVES to catch enough deer for their home village. One day, one Fox boy was in an argument with another normal boy in the village, and in his anger, the WEREWOLF Fox boy turned into a wolf and killed the normal boy.
The village suddenly feared their power, and the WEREWOLF Fox boys were cast out of the tribe and the village.
Wisakachek, the first SPIRIT Werewolf of the wild, was furious at the violent Fox Boy. He cast a new spell on him so that he would no longer be able to change into a werewolf whenever he wanted to do so. Every day, the violent Fox Boy would be a man, and every night the violent Fox Boy would transform into a mindless wolf.
The calm, humane Fox Boy was allowed to keep his shape-shifting control to WERWOLF. His name was KEME, and though friendly and good, left by himself into the wilderness.
Fox Boy Matchitehew is the name of the violent WEREWOLF, the father of all human werewolves.
Find out MORE about the Montana Werewolf HERE