Is “The Ugly One” An Evil Omen For Northern Canadian Community

Posted by on May 22nd, 2010


A horrific looking animal has been discovered in a Northern Ontario lake. But some locals believe it can only bring bad news…

Some residents of Big Trout Lake, an Oji-Cree community of 1,200 south of Hudson Bay, believe the animal is a rare local creature known as an omajinaakoos, which roughly translates to “ugly one”. Band councillor Darryl Sainnawap said his great uncle spotted one about 50 years ago.

“He says in his younger days he was with his grandfather … and he did see this same creature and that’s the last time he saw it,” he said. “His grandfather called him omajinaakoos.”

Some local elders in the community, which is also known as Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, believe the animal is a messenger of bad news.

“No one knows what it is but our ancestors used to call it the Ugly One. Rarely seen but when seen, it’s a bad omen. Something bad will happen according to our ancestors,” the community’s website says.

Mr. Sainnawap, 25, said the animal lives in swamps and feeds on beavers. Asked how the small critter could eat a beaver, he said: “That’s a good question. How could a wolverine take down a moose?”

Since the photos were posted on the community’s website, they have spread around the Internet, sparking intense speculation about the creature’s origins, ranging from the conceivable to the far-fetched.

Let us know your theories in the comments.

[Globe and Mail]

One Response to “Is “The Ugly One” An Evil Omen For Northern Canadian Community”

  1. Genine Silverio Says:

    Really interesting! I hope to find out more about this animal. I searched omajinakoos in Yahoo! search and this one of the first links that showed up. XD

    It looks like an animal out of a science fiction movie! Even thought it is an ugly looking creature, it is an animal nevertheless. What bad news could this creature bring? We bring more bad news to it.