- (among the Algonquian Indians) a supernatural being that controls nature; a spirit, deity, or object that possesses supernatural power.
Origin of manitou
Examples from the Web for manitou
Manitou Council of Wisconsin did however question the merger—all the way to court.Why Are Girl Scout Camps Being Closed?
January 12, 2014
But let them not boast before the face of the Manitou too loud.
I thank the Manitou, that one is here to fill my place at the council-fire.
The Manitou had need of such a warrior, and He has called him away.
It is handed to us by the Manitou, that we may drink as he has done.Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)
James Athearn Jones
Roosevelt turned his horse into the river; Manitou did not hesitate.Roosevelt in the Bad Lands
manitu manito (ˈmænɪˌtəʊ)
- (among the Algonquian Indians) a deified spirit or force
Word Origin and History for manitou
also manito, "spirit, deity, supernatural being," 1690s, from a word found throughout the Algonquian languages (cf. Delaware manutoow, Ojibwa manidoo), first in English from Unami Delaware /manet:u/.