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Wisakedjak (Wìsakedjàk in Algonquin, Wīsahkēcāhk(w) 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), Inktonme in Assiniboine lore, and Coyote or Raven from many different tribes[citation needed]. 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.


As with most mythological characters, Wisakedjak is used to explain the creation of animals or geographical locations. 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.[1]

Oral Narratives[edit]

The oral stories of Wisakedjak passed down through generations are recorded and documented throughout that include:

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.[4]
  • In 2010, artist Kent Monkman (Cree) created a painting called Weesageechak Teaches Hermes How to Trick the Four-Leggeds showing Wisakedjak as a naked man wearing purple, high-heeled boots.[5]

In other literature, film and popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Cree Flood Story".
  2. ^ Bird, Louis (2007). The Spirit Lives in the Mind: Omushkego Stories, Lives, and Dreams. Quebec: Mcgill-Queen's University Press. pp. 279–309. ISBN 978-0-7735-3210-6.
  3. ^ Bird, Louis (2011). Telling our Stories: Omushkego Legends & Histories from Hudson Bay. Ontario: University of Toronto Press. pp. 31, 114–118, 265. ISBN 978-1-55111-580-1.
  4. ^ Kiss of the Fur Queen review at Quill & Quire, September 1998.
  5. ^ Weesageechak Teaches Hermes How to Trick the Four-Leggeds at kentmonkman.com
  6. ^ Clearcut (1991) Quotes at IMDb
  7. ^ American Gods list of Gods