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The Cure and Feeding of Windigos: A Critique

Jennifer Brown
American Anthropologist
New Series, Vol. 73, No. 1 (Feb., 1971), pp. 20-22
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/671809
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Abstract

This paper suggests that, contrary to a view recently expressed, the usual treatment of windigo psychosis is not nutritional in nature. When ingestion is involved (which is rare), its sequel (vomiting to expell the windigo heart of ice) is given more curative importance, challenging the view that the northern Algonquians somehow "grasped" the idea of a nutritive cure for windigos. Nor is evidence, at this point, clear on nutritional causes of windigo.

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