Mishipizhiw

Freshwater Monster of Ontario, Canada.

340 miramar toxodont

Etymology: Ojibwa (Algonquian), "great lynx."

Variant names: Mishibizhii, Mitchipissy. Physical description: Serpentine. Horned. Saw-toothed back. Sometimes characterized as feline.

Distribution: Lake Superior, Lake Nipigon, and other lakes of Ontario. Possible explanations:

(1) Migrating Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) or Ringed seals (P. hispida) that may have made their way upriver from James Bay.

(2) Folk knowledge of the Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) from Hudson Bay. Sources: Nicolas Perrot, Mémoire sur les moeurs, coustumes, et relligion des Sauvages de l'Amerique septentrionale [1705] (Paris: A. Franck, 1864); Selwyn Dewdney and Kenneth E. Kidd, Indian Rock Paintings ofthe Great Lakes (Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 1967), pp. 33, 123-128; Norval Morrisseau, Legends ofMy People, the Great Ojibway (Toronto, Canada: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1977).

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