Wampus cat

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The Wampus cat is a creature in American folklore. It is used as a mascot for numerous educational institutions. Folkloric creature with supposed shape-shifting powers can trace its roots to Native American Folklore of the South Eastern United States. Cherokee legend has it that during a secret meeting of tribal elders, a young woman from the tribe secretly witnessed the ceremony. She was then cursed by the elders. During the 1920-30s newspapers report of a "Wampus" cat killing livestock in North Carolina to Georgia. Possibly it was early intrusions of coyotes or the Jaguarundi, the livestock deaths were attributed to the legendary Wampus of lore.[1][2]


The Wampus cat is the mascot of the following:

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  1. ^ https://northcarolinaghosts.com/mountains/wampus-cat/
  2. ^ https://www.mooresvilletribune.com/community/wampus-and-other-spooky-tales/article_ea714038-8b21-11e6-86bd-f32445d0efb3.html
  3. ^ Clark Fork Junior/Senior High School website Legend written by lifelong Clark Fork resident Shirley Dawson Crawford
  4. ^ Owens, Judy (June 20, 2008). "Reporters Looking for Stories, Finding Wampus Cats | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural". Daily Yonder. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  5. ^ "Atoka Alumni Association – Home". Wampuscatalumni.com. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  6. ^ [1] Archived September 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ [2] Archived April 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Stonestreet, O.C. (2016). O.C. Stonestreet IV, Curse of the Wampus, and other Short Spooky Stories of Piedmont North Carolina (1st ed.). Duke Libraries: Createspace. p. 74. ISBN 152323749X. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  9. ^ Uncle Dave Lewis. "Buddy Woods". Allmusic. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  10. ^ Sian Cain. "New JK Rowling story History of Magic in North America depicts Native American wizards". the Guardian.
  11. ^ Rowling, J.K. (March 11, 2016). "1920s Wizarding America", "History of Magic in North America". Pottermore.
  12. ^ Rowling, J.K. (June 28, 2016). "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry", "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry". Pottermore.
  13. ^ "Strangeways Wampus Cat Triple IPA". RateBeer. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  14. ^ McCarthy, Cormac (2010-08-11). The Orchard Keeper. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 9780307762504.

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