I recently went hiking and saw my very first whiskeyjacks/gray jays. And now I wanna make a superhero based on them. But when I Googled whiskeyjack, I found out that the name is an Anglicized version of an Algonquian/Cree cultural hero Wisakedjak (which actually has like a billion spellings because Algonquian/Cree was an unwritten language to begin with so English speakers just spelled it phonetically though sources are telling me Wisakedjak is Cree and Algonquian but that Cree is a tribe and Algonquian is a language AND I’M CONFUSED).
And now I want an Algonquian/Cree superhero named Whiskeyjack.
I don’t want to be culturally insensitive. I love making characters from different cultures because it lets me do research into different lifestyles and mythology and so on (and I’m sick of white OCs because as a white person I am just fucking sick of white people in the media and everywhere else).
So I’m asking the Algonquian and/or Cree people on Tumblr their thoughts on this? I don’t know how much of a faux pas dressing up and saving people under the name of what I understand to be some sort of Algonquian/Cree god would be?
Also, I guess while I’m at it, would Wisakedjak be something/one that this hero could possibly communicate with or does Algonquian/Cree mythology not have their mythological figures as tangible beings?
God I hope I’m making sense and not being totally ignorant ._.