“The Trickster goes by many names and has many forms. In Cree, the Trickster is called “Weesageechak”. This figure can choose any form and disguise that it wishes. This is primarily a clownish figure whose role is to teach the people about the nature and the meaning of existence on the planet. Some say that Weesageechak left this continent when the white man came, but the Cree believe the figure is still among them and is choosing new disguises. Some say that without this being’s presence the core of Cree culture would be destroyed.”
“Wesakechak (also spelled Wisakedjak, Whiskey-Jack, and several other ways.) is the benevolent culture hero of the Cree tribe (sometimes referred to as a “transformer” by folklorists.)
Wesakechak is a trickster character whose adventures are often humorous, but unlike Plains Indian tricksters he is portrayed as a staunch friend of humankind, not a dangerous or destructive being.
His name is spelled so many different ways partially because Cree was originally an unwritten language (so English speakers just spelled it however it sounded to them at the time), and partially because the Cree language is spoken across a huge geographical range in both Canada and the US, and the name sounds different in different dialects. The correct pronounciation in Plains Cree is similar to wee-sah-keh-chahk.”