Date of Discovery

It’s likely that the first written documentation of the Keelut was in the 1800s when anthropologists and ethnologists first traveled to the arctic regions to record folklore from the oral traditions of the Native Americans that had inhabited the northern region since well before the Bering Strait crossing melted.


The Keelut is also known as the Qiqirn, Qiqion, and Ke’lets, which translates roughly to “Spirit of Death,” or “Evil Earth Spirit.”

Physical Description

Physically, the Keelut is described as being a black dog who looks malnourished—it is hairless in nature, except for its paws, which have a fluffy patch of fur to prevent tracks from being left behind.

Other than its hairless nature, the Keelut is said to be related to the Church Grim, or Barguest of Great Britain.


The Keelut is a mythological creature from the Inuit culture and arose as a way to keep people from unwittingly traveling into the darkness of an Alaskan or Canadian winter. To travel alone during the winter in the dark would almost certainly mean death in a cold and unforgiving climate.

Mythology and Lore

Within the Inuit culture, the Keelut is a spirit of the underworld known to be an evil creature that stalks its victims while they are alone in the dark of winter. As a predator, it only ever appears during the winter, because of the lack of darkness during the warmer months of the year. Due to the hair that is only present on its paws, the Keelut leaves no tracks which allow it to stealthily stalk its prey without giving any warning. Stories say that this evil spirit is not just a harbinger of death, but that it feasts upon the dead. In folktales, if a traveler were to see a keelut, it would disorient the traveler, eventually causing the person to succumb to hypothermia, which would result in their death.

Modern Pop-Culture References

Books & Literature

  • Hold the Dark (2014)


  • Hold the Dark (2018)

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Kenai Cemetery, Kenai, AK

Date of Discovery

The city of Kenai was founded in by the Kachemak people after the Russian fur traders arrived in 1741, they worked to get the Kenatize Indian Tribe incorporated in the early 1970s. As more American’s began incorporating into the town the cemetery was built and became known as the “American” cemetery.


Kenai Cemetery is located on the Kenai Peninsula near where the Kenia River meets the famous Cook Inlet. To locals, it is known as “The American Cemetery”.

Physical Description

The cemetery is surrounded by beautiful scenery, historic settlements, and tons of other attractions as Kenai is the hear of Alaskan adventure.


The origin of this haunting is rather vague, and each day Alaskan natives add to the reports helping to piece it more together. The servants found were reported to have belonged to its original owner, but little support for these claims has been found.

Mythology & Lore

Kenai Cemetery was investigated by many paranormal teams, and in 2012 they reported a women’s spirit going by the name of Marie, the ghost of Arthur Johnson, as well as several servants’ spirits on the property. They also reported EVP recordings of unknown voices whispering in the backgrounds. They heard footsteps in the snow but never capture video or photo evidence of these spirits. They did however check the plot registers to find there were a few ‘Marie’s on the list, but no Arthur Johnson. Each day people visit a blogging site Only for your State to keep adding to the sightings of these spirits and more. Giving this cemetery a ghostly history that is coming to life. Now the City of Kenai owns the cemetery and maintains its upkeep.

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