The lake monster said to guard Matchimanito. He is feared by the villagers and assumed to be evil because of the way the lake has proven inhospitable to anyone but the Pillager family. Fleur seems to have a more amicable relationship with the spirit, though, and some people believe she has a romantic relationship with the monster that keeps it at bay. Villagers even speculate as to whether Misshepeshu might be the father of Fleur’s children. When Pauline loses her mind near the end of the book, she conflates Misshepeshu with the devil, and believes she is attacking the monster, when in fact it is Napoleon she kills.
Misshepeshu Character Timeline in Tracks
The timeline below shows where the character Misshepeshu appears in Tracks. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Winter 1912, Manitou-geezisohns, Little Spirit Sun
Chapter 2: Summer 1913, Miskomini-geezis, Raspberry Sun
...his own bathtub. After this, despite Fleur’s beauty, men steer clear of her, certain that Misshepeshu, the lake monster, wants her for himself. Pauline shares the warnings that mothers give to... (full context)
...parentage of: fathered in the smokehouse, or by the Agent, or by the lake monster Misshepeshu. The child (Lulu) smiles in her sleep, perhaps because she knows people argue over her... (full context)
Chapter 4: Winter 1914-Summer 1917, Meen-geezis, Blueberry Sun
Chapter 5: Fall 1917-Spring 1918, Manitou-geezis, Strong Spirit Sun
Chapter 8: Spring 1919, Baubaukunaetae-geezis, Patches of Earth Sun
...Pauline, meanwhile, believes that Christ hid from her out of cowardice in the face of Misshepeshu, but she commits herself again to God despite his weakness. When her bandages are changed,... (full context)