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Bigfoot: The Legend of Sasquatch

Bigfoot: The Legend of Sasquatch

Who is Bigfoot?

Read, Watch, or Listen for More about Bigfoot

Link to In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch by John Zada in the Catalog
Link to I Know What I Saw by Linda Godfrey in the Catalog
Link to Harry and the Hendersons DVD in the Catalog
Link to Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters by Leo Braudy in the Catalog
Link to Chasing Bigfoot: The Quest for Truth in Hoopla
Link to Sasquatch: North American's Enduring Mystery by Rupert Matthews in Hoopla
Link to The Legend of Bigfoot directed by Harry Winer in Hoopla

Bigfoot Through History

Sasquatch, also called Bigfoot, (from Salish se’sxac: “wild men”) a large, hairy, humanlike creature believed by some people to exist in the northwestern United States and western Canada. It seems to represent the North American counterpart of the Himalayan region’s mythical monster, the Abominable Snowman, or Yeti.

The British explorer David Thompson is sometimes credited with the first discovery (1811) of a set of Sasquatch footprints, and hundreds of alleged prints have been adduced since then. Visual sightings and even alleged photographs and filmings (notably by Roger Patterson at Bluff Creek, California, in 1967) have also contributed to the legend, though none of the purported evidence has been verified.

Sasquatch is variably described as a primate ranging from 6 to 15 feet (2 to 4.5 metres) tall, standing erect on two feet, often giving off a foul smell, and either moving silently or emitting a high-pitched cry. Footprints have measured up to 24 inches (60 cm) in length and 8 inches (20 cm) in width. A Soviet scientist, Boris Porshnev, suggested that Sasquatch and his Siberian counterpart, the Almas, could be a remnant of Neanderthals, but most scientists do not recognize the creature’s existence. Continue reading from Encyclopedia Britannica


Link to Monsters in Literature Resource Guide Series