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The Akkiyyini

In Inuit folklore, the Akkiyyini is a skeletal ghost that, during his life, enjoyed dancing and playing the drum.

When the Akkiyyini hears people making fun of his dancing, he emerges from the grave and uses his arm bone as a drumstick and his shoulder blade as a drum. This causes the ground to violently shake and causes the river to become savage, overturning boats and drowning his unfortunate victims.


  • Blackman, W. Haden. The Field Guide to North American Monsters: Everything You Need To Know About Encountering Over 100 Terrifying Creatures In The Wild. New York: Three Rivers Press. Copyright ©1998 by W. Haden Blackman.