So I decided to go another route than the other people who chose storytelling with comparing my favorite tv show trickster to native tricksters
Although the looks are very different they seem to be similar to each other in a sense
The pictures above resemble tricksters in Indigenous culture
Below are pictures of the Trickster in Supernatural
This was in season 5 when the brothers thought they killed him
This was when Sam threatens to kill him
The Indigenous version of the trickster has many qualities that are similar to the trickster in Supernatural, The native qualities are:
Posess human form
Have special powers
Loads of knowledge
They can outsmart people with their knowledge
Protect the world
Coyote, raven and a hare
Almost always male
Changes shape to cross between worlds
This was an illustration from the Wiaskedjak and The Moon story
The Supernatural version of the trickster has many qualities that are similar to the native qualities, the qualities are:
His human form is the only forn
He has special powers
Ability to outsmart people with their knowledge
Protect the world
Almost always male
Could possibly be killable
So the differences between them were:
Supernatural trickster- he was possibly killable, he could pass through worlds but he couldn't turn into another shape, and he could not posses the shape of an animal
Wisakedjak (Cree trickster) in Indigenous Stories
There was a time when animals had great power and take on human form.
A great deal of subarctic natives told the stories of a “Culture Hero”
Who is the first person to gain the special powers
To the natives power and knowledge were together, and a special individual was the one who “knows something”
The culture hero has showcased their knowledge and independence which is recognised as crucial survival skills
And they could also outsmart people with their knowledge of evil medicine.
They also gained the ability to prevail over dangerous animals which made the world a safer place in which the native peoples could live
Sacred Cree stories were traditionally talked about strictly, only during the winter.
Myths about the culture hero Wisakedjak, even the funny ones, is one of the stories restricted to wintertime.
In some Cree communities, legends about animals were also forbidden during the summer.
It was said that Wisakedjak was made by the Creator to protect the world, but most of all the humans
Do to his disobedience to the creator, the creator flooded the world to teach Wisakedjak a lesson
Popular trickster forms are a coyote, raven and a hare
Almost always male
Often changes shape to cross between worlds
They lie to get sex or food
The deeds of tricksters end up being responsible for the way the world is now
Characteristics are hard to pin down since he exists in opposites. He is selfish but sympathetic, he is callous and mean spirited but also loveable, he is also foolish and clever
Crude and immature
I had the honour of being able to interview Mr. Drew Hayden Taylor a Anishnawbe native and also a Writer
What do you know about the wisakedjak?
Unfortunately not a lot. IF memory serves me correctly, Weesageechak is the Cree name/manifestation of the trickster and I am not Cree. I am Ojibway/Anishnawbe, a different nation. So any 'trickster legends I may know would not be from the Cree perspective.
Is there any interesting stories that you have written about the trickster?
Yes, I wrote a novel called MOTORCYCLES AND SWEETGRASS where the central character was actually Nanabush (the Ojibway/Anishnawbe interpretation of the 'trickster).
What different type of tricksters are there?
That's a good question. Most but not all First Nation cultures have a trickster figure in their cosmology. For example, Glooscap, Raven, Coyote, Napi, Spider....etc. Some take a human form, other's take animal, others take a combination of the two.
Are all tricksters shapeshifters?
I believe so but am not sure.
Are tricksters killable?
That I do not know.
Trickster in Supernatural
he has a human form, the man who plays him is Richard Speight Jr.
He can transport wherever he wants to, the ability to appear than disappear
He knew who Dean and Sam Winchester were and he used all of their bad qualities against him
Like the Culture Hero he prefers to not work with people
As the trickster he could manipulate people into believing whatever he wanted through their mind
He was like the Wisakedjak created by the creator but he was one of 4 archangels created by God
He could not shape shift into another animal but he has eternal life
Gabriel is male although he could possibly take the shape of a female if he wanted to
He has been in the world ever since God created him
He was not selfish although he killed the people who he felt deserved it
He was sympathetic in mystery spot when Sam begged him to stop killing Dean since they learned their lesson
In the episode mystery spot in supernatural Gabriel killed Dean multiple times to teach Dean's brother a lesson
He was mean when he kept on killing Dean over and over again
He is lovable since he was so funny, he was so sarcastic with the Winchesters
He was foolish by offering himself to Lucifer to kill since he could have stayed alive for more centuries to come
In order to escape from his fighting brothers (Lucifer and Micheal) he left to earth
Some of the things that he did to the “High and Mighty” they were pretty deadly
He did a lot of silly things with the opposite sex and he toyed with Sam and Deans emotions
Sam and Dean tried to kill him but they actually killed a duplicate of him
Episodes: 2.15 Tall Tales, 3.11 Mystery Spot