the wendigo is a demonic creature appearing in the legends of the algonquian peoples along the atlantic coast of the united states and canada. it is a malevolent, cannibalistic creature strongly associated with winter, the north, and coldness, as well as with famine and starvation. the wendigo is described as gaunt and emaciated, with the ash grey complexion of a corpse. wendigos were also symbols of gluttony, greed, and excess. never satisfied after killing and consuming one person, they were constantly searching for new victims. humans could turn into wendigos if they ever resorted to cannibalism or became possessed by the demonic spirit of a wendigo. once transformed, the individual would turn violent and obsess over eating human flesh. the most frequent cause of transformation into a wendigo was if a person had resorted to cannibalism, consuming the body of another human in order to keep from starving to death during a time of extreme hardship.