Friday, October 18, 2013
31 Days of Halloween - Day 18
Appearance: "Velma's Monsters of the World: Aniwye" Scooby-Doo #144 July, 2009.
Karen Matchette: Artist, Heroic Age: Colorist, Sal Cipriano: Letterer, Harvey Richards: Editor
According to the tradition of the Ojibwe, Aniwye was a giant skunk who would nocturnally hunt humans for food. It would zero in on the sounds of humans, even if they were hiding, sneak up to them, then spray them with its stink which was so potent it would kill anything it hit.
It was eventually defeated by the hero, Great Fisher, and either by Great Fisher, or Nanabozho, was turned into a regular sized, and less lethal, skunk.
You can find out more at the Native American Encyclopedia, which actually uses a panel from this story as an illustration.