Into the Paranormal: Bigfoot
So, we talked about the Yeti not long ago. Today we’ll be discussing his North American counterpart today, the Bigfoot. Typically described as being very tall (between seven and ten feet), having a powerful build, bipedal, and covered in dark red fur, he also has big feet. Surprising, right? According to wikipedia.org, “the enormous footprints for which it is named have been as large as 24 inches (60 cm) long and 8 inches (20 cm) wide.”
He’s mainly spotted in the Pacific Northwest, but there have been supposed sightings across the country. Even as far away as Texas and Florida. He resides in forests.
Members of the Lummi tribe told about experiences with “Ts’emekwes,” their version of Bigfoot. Another version is the stiyaha, which were nocturnal creatures that children were warned to not speak its name for fear of the monsters coming to drag someone away to kill them. And even another version from Native Americans residing in Spokane, Washington is that the creatures lived on the peaks of mountains and stole salmon from the fishing nets.
- He’s also known as Sasquatch, which is derived from “Sésquac” meaning “wild man” in a Salishan (Native American) language from the Pacific Northwest.
- Some believe that a story in Theodore Roosevelt’s 1892 book The Wilderness Hunter that tells of an event between a couple of hunters and a pissed-off bear could actually be historical evidence of Bigfoot’s existence.
- Most believe that Bigfoot encounters are either misidentification of mangy bears or hoaxes. Some think that the Bigfoot could be an extinct Gigantopithecus (giant ape) or an extinct hominidae (also an ape). Still Bigfoot believers are positive that he’s out there.