Le Mishipizhiw ou panthère d'eau aidait les amérindiens des grands lacs à traverser les cours d'eau dangereux moyennant une offrande. Un pictographe a été décrit en 1673 par le Père Marquette qui parle de la représentation de l'animal avec des cornes sur la tête, d'horribles yeux rouges, une barbe comme un tigre, un corp couvert d'écailles et une très longue queue se terminant comme celle d'un poisson. Ojibwa deity also known as the water panther. Mishipizhiw aid those who sought to cross dangerous water, provided a suitable offering was made. Here's how Father Marquette described a pictograph in 1673: "While skirting some rocks, which by their height and length inspire awe, we saw upon one of them two painted monsters which at first made us afraid, and upon which the boldest savages dare not long rest their eyes. They are as large as a calf: they have horns on their heads like those of a deer, a horrible look, red eyes, a beard like a tiger's, a face somewhat like a man's, a body covered with scales, and so long a tail that it winds all around the body, passing above the head and going back between the legs, ending in a fish's tail. Green, red, and black are the three colors composing the picture."