This week, we’re discussing one of the most terrifying entities from Native American folklore: The Wendigo. Tales of a perpetually starving monster roaming the forests of Eastern North America. The Wendigo originates in the lore of tribes like the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Algonquin. Its name roughly translates to “the evil spirit that devours mankind”. An obvious boogeyman to battle against the prevalence of cannibalism during this extremely difficult period in human history. Additionally, we cover a few unsettling accounts of wendigo psychosis, including the case of Swift Runner and an account of two genuine, dead to rights wendigo hunters. Strap in for this one. It’s a lot.


Campfire: Tales of the Strange and Unsettling is created for adult audiences only. The content and discussion in this show will necessarily engage with various accounts that include violence, anxiety, fear, and occasional body horror. Much of it will be emotionally and intellectually challenging to engage with. We will flag especially graphic or intense content so as to never put you in an uninformed or unprepared position. We will do our best to make this a space where we can engage bravely, empathetically, and thoughtfully with difficult content every week. 

This week’s episode includes the following sensitive content:

Descriptions/Sound of the Following:

Extreme Graphic Violence 


Violence Against Children

Violence Against Infants

Spousal Violence

Animal Attacks

Corpse Abuse

Ritualistic Corpse Desiccation



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The Manitous: The Spiritual World of the Ojibway (Native Voices)

The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood

Wendigo Lore: Monsters, Myths, and Madness by Chad Lewis


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Hosts Ryan and Jordan deliver terrifying tales of the paranormal and break them down for your listening pleasure.