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Manito, or Manitou, was the Algonquian name for the spirit or force that pervades all nature, being either good or evil.  Manito in one form or another, and under other names, was a concept believed in by virtually every Indian tribe.  Manito was not thought of as a formal personality, and its nature is indicated by such equivalent names for it as Great Spirit, Great Mystery, and Master of Life.

American Indian Legends, Myths and Legends of All Nations by Herbert Spencer Robinson and Knox Wilson, 1960.