Bigfoot, it seems, has been around in legends far longer than its name. The name Bigfoot was coined in 1959 when “True” magazine published the discovery of large unknown footprints in Bluff Creek, California, says a report in Live Science, dated Nov. 6.
According to folklore, the mysterious beast known as Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti has existed since medieval times and possibly since ancient times.
The first documented record of the North American Bigfoot occurred in 986 AD when Leif Erikson and his men encountered “horribly ugly, hairy, swarthy [men] with big black eyes“. Although some believe he was referring to Native Americans, others claim he had encountered Bigfoot, says Bigfoot-Lives.
Native Americans, namely the Kwakiutls, a tribe of Coast Indians of British Columbia, carved totem poles with the image of a creature known as “Bukwas”, a wild man from the woods.
The Hoopa Indian from Northern California called the beast “Omah”, the boss of the woods; while the Shalish tribes of British Columbia called him “Sasquatch”, which means wild man of the woods.
In 1792, Jose Mariano Mozino recorded his reactions to the Native American beliefs.
“I do not know what to say about the matlox (Sasquatch), inhabitant of the mountainous districts, of whom all have an unbelievable fear. They imagine his body as very monstrous, all covered with stiff black bristle; a head similar to a human one but with much greater, sharper and stronger fangs than those of the bear; extremely long arms; and toes and fingers armed with long curved claws. His shouts alone (they say) force those who hear them to the ground, and any unfortunate body he slaps is broken in to a thousand pieces.”
Since the arrival of European settlers, history is littered with reports of encounters with the hairy creature known as Bigfoot. Unfortunately, no one has produced evidence of his existence. What few images exist are typically grainy and out of focus and other evidence, such as footprints and hair samples, remains inconclusive.
Whether Bigfoot actually exists, or is simply the workings of overactive imaginations, is yet to be determined. Video evidence, like the Utah Bigfoot that turns and stares at campers, and the images of mysterious footprints found along a remote stream in Texas certainly give one reason to pause and consider the possibility.
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