Taber’s Medical Encyclopedia defines Lycanthropy as “mania in which a patient believes himself a wild animal, especially a wolf”. In today’s society, we see Lycanthropes all the time. The following shows what a Lycanthrope is. According to “The Book of Werewolves”, belief in transformation among North American Indians is widespread. The following is a shortened version of a story from that book. Another type of shape-shifter is the Wendigo. The idea behind Wendigo’s are seen in the Algonquion nation. Wikipedia defines a Wendigo as “a malevolent cannibal spirit into which humans could transform”. All cultures in which the Wendigo is present believe that humans could be transformed into a Wendigo if they ever resorted to cannibalism. The Wendigo has also become a stock horror character (like the vampire or werewolf). This is what some believe a Wendigo looks like. Not all North American Indian shape-shifters are scary. Not all North American Indian shape-shifters caused harm to humans. The following are some of those examples.