Snake on the Magazine: The Angont

Article by Rebecca
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The Huron people of America tell the story of the angont. First, if you’re like me, let’s start with who are the Huron? According to my anonymous peeps at Wikipedia.Org, “The Wyandot and Huron are indigenous peoples of North America, known in their native language as the Wendat. Modern Wyandots and Hurons emerged in the 17th century from the remnants of two earlier groups, the Huron Confederacy and the Petun, who were located on the southeastern corner of Georgian Bay in what is now the Canadian province of Ontario before being dispersed by war. Wyandots and Hurons today live in various locations in Canada and the United States.” Now that we’ve taken care of that, what is an angont?

Glad you asked. An angont, or specifically THE Angont, is a huge venomous snake. Well, how big is it? It’s SO big that it can stretch forth from its hiding place, generally caves, lakes, rivers, and old growth forests, and overwhelm travelers, and inflict disease and death upon any that come within its gigantic radius. You’re saying, that’s pretty wicked. I bet people steered clear of any area they thought the Angont was in, didn’t they?

Yes and no. Like all giant death-dealing creatures, it is said that its skin is a potent component for shamanistic magics. Needless to say, ill luck befell anyone who encountered the creature. Even worse, it’s said that talismans made from the Angont’s skin brought the bearer bad luck. Yet, people still sought it out. It’s like an evil plague bearing Unicorn that could casually crush you, and instead of having only healing stories behind its coveted horn, it has terrible tales in regards to using its body parts. Between you and me, I don’t get it.