Wisakedjak

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Wisakedjak (Wìsakedjàk in Algonquin, Wīhsakecāhkw in Cree and Wiisagejaak in Oji-cree) is the Crane Manitou found in northern Algonquian and Dene storytelling, similar to the trickster Nanabozho in Ojibwa aadizookaanan (sacred stories) and Inktonme in Assiniboine lore. He is generally portrayed as being responsible for a great flood which destroyed the world. In other stories he is also one of the beings who created the current world, either on his own, or with magic given to him by the Creator for that specific purpose. His name is found in a number of different forms in the related languages and cultures he appears in, including Weesack-kachack, Wisagatcak, Wis-kay-tchach, Wissaketchak, Woesack-ootchacht, Vasaagihdzak, and Weesageechak.

In contemporary indigenous literature and art[edit]

Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway (Cree) is a 1998 novel about the author and his brother's childhoods, their trauma resulting from the Canadian Indian residential school system, and his brother's death from AIDS. As the boys struggle to survive, Wisakedjak appears in the form of The Fur Queen, who watches over the boys as they fulfill their destiny to become artists.[1]

In 2010, two-spirit artist Kent Monkman (Cree) created a painting called Weesageechak Teaches Hermes How to Trick the Four-Leggeds showing Wisakedjak as naked man with purple boots.[2]

In other literature, film and popular culture[edit]

In the 1991 movie Clearcut, Wiisagejaak is referred to as "the Deceiver" by a First Nations elder named Wilf, portrayed by Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman (Dakota). A man who appears from the lake, portrayed by Graham Greene (Oneida), may be Wiisagejaak himself.[3]

Wisakedjak is a character in the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman, where he is frequently referred to as "Whiskey Jack" as a corruption of the name. In the book, he appears as a old native man, who lives in a mobile home, somewhere near a Lakota reservation in the badlands with Johnny Appleseed.[4]

The character also appears in The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint.

Elijah Weesageechak, nicknamed "Whiskeyjack", is a character in the book Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden.

Whiskeyjack is a character in Canadian author Steven Erikson's epic fantasy series The Malazan Book of the Fallen. He is the putative leader (his rank goes up and down) of the Bridgeburners, an elite unit of soldiers in the Malazan Empire.

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