The term Yowie has a controversial origin. Most people think it derives from a variety of Australian Aboriginal stories about the creature (similar to the Native American Sasquatch). Others think it’s a play on words that the English colonizers brought to the continent. Some call it a “Yahoo” instead. But Yowie is by far the most popular term. There are other creatures of legend that roam the bush of Australia, and, much like the native cryptids of North America, there is often some confusion between whether or not the stories are about an animal or a human who can transform themselves via magic.
This video of a strange thing lurking in the Australian Outback has a lot of people putting forth a lot of theories that may sound unfamiliar to ears in the Northern hemisphere. What are all these creatures?
First, the Yowie. Descriptions have it seeming resoundingly similar to a Bigfoot or Sasquatch-like “hairy ape man.”
Another contender that Australians have called this is a “tall man” which is more similar to the demonic entity Americans might refer to as a wendigo. It is a nightmarish creature, who emerges from cracks and shadows in the forest in Queensland at night, and does bad things to the Aboriginals it comes across.
Some people viewing this have given another name of a figure from Aboriginal culture, one which is often confused for a creature, rather than a magical job description. There are references to this being a “gudjardy man.” Looking into Aboriginal figures, this might refer either to some tribes’ traditional shaman, often called a kurdaitcha man (alternate spellings include gadaidja and karadji) who is said to be able to execute the guilty through the mere pointing of a ritual bone. Alternately, the person could be referring to a female fertility goddess known in northern Australia, who is often called Gadjeri.
This appropriation of traditional figures from Australian Aboriginal practices into the broader urban legend culture is not unlike what has occurred in America, where the dark witch of Navajo culture, called a “skin walker” has somehow been transformed by the dominant society into a scary werewolf or cryptid story.
There’s probably far more that the indigenous people of each continent could tell us about the strange things that are out there, if folks would only listen.