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Windigo are cannibalistic creatures who are transformed from men.
Because they are often said to lose their human appearance and become physically more beast-like, they have been somewhat conflated with werewolves. The blood-drinking aspect of their nature has sometimes been emphasized to make them seem more like vampires. In popular culture, they're sometimes used as simply the "Native American version" of those more European legends—mainly because an accurate portrayal of them would be harder to dramatize, not to mention to pass by censors.
Indeed, it should not be expected that the comic book portrayal of them would necessarily be correct in detail.
In truth, though, they're similar only in the effect, but not the cause or intent. They are very specifically cannibals, not merely blood-drinkers or people who are generally lupine in nature.
One could get turned into a Windigo not through the actions of another (as with a vampire), or through a genetic variation (as werewolves generally are portrayed), but through one's own actions. Windigo, importantly, are associated mostly with Northern tribes, In that climate, conditions were often harsh enough to occasionally make cannibalism an option for survival. If one gave into that temptation, the legensd goes, and ate a fellow tribesman, then one could be spiritually transformed into a Windigo, doomed to forever dine on the flesh of other humans.
There are many spellings of the name, all resulting in the same basic sound: Windigo, Windago, Windiga, Witiko.
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Doctor Who Graphic Novel (2004)
Doctor Who Magazine (1979)
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