From Sasquatch to Bigfoot

In oral traditions of many ancient populations including American Indians, it is not uncommon to find tales of large Hominid creatures living in the woods: around 1920, after coming into contact with the Chehalis Indian Reservation at Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, the Government Indian Agent-teacher John W. Burns learned of the legend of giant beings living in the forest.
In addition to having human features and wearing "clothes", these very long-haired creatures called Sasquatch, were able to speak and use tools.
Later, in 1957, during the centenary of British Columbia, the local community near the Indian reservation decided to revive the legend by organizing a successful Sasquatch hunt, Enough to put a bounty of $5,000 for the capture of a live specimen.
On this occasion, a certain William Roe confessed to the press that he had met the creature two years earlier, giving a detailed description of it: a large female primate with long arms reaching the knees and completely covered with dark hair.
Although it was completely different from the legends told by the Indians to Burns, this testimony not only determined the iconographic evolution of these beings and the birth of the term Bigfoot but indelibly impressed the figure in the modern collective imagination.


Reports of its presence have come from different parts of the continent but predominantly in the three states of Washington, Oregon, California but there is no concrete evidence of its existence other than video or photos of controversial origin or abnormal footprints.
Despite this, in North America the legend of Bigfoot has become so widespread in popular culture that, according to recent statistics, at least 13.5% of citizens say they believe in its real existence and the sightings are now numerous.
The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization lists at least one report from every state in the United States, except Hawaii, over the last two decades until 2018, and the interest in the creature is still high, although there is nothing to show for sure.

But what could be the big creature that infects North America and beyond?

It has long been hypothesized that it is a prehistoric Hominid survived extinction: the Paranthropus Robustus with a skull similar to that of a gorilla and erect posture would have characteristics compatible with the Bigfoot if the fact that the remains of the Paranthropus like those other breeds of prehistoric hominids were found only in Africa excludes its diffusion also in North America.
Much more plausible theory is that of the Gigantopithecus, a great monkey that could reach the 3 meters of height and the 500 kilograms of weight which populated Southeast Asia during the Pleistocene to become extinct about 300,000 years ago and probably shared the same environment with Homo erectus.
Remains of this prehistoric primate were found in Asia but could have reached America during the winter period: according to some cryptozoologists, the Gigantopithecus would have survived to this day and would be at the base of the sightings of Yeti or Sasquatch but, since the existence of the aforementioned legendary monkeys isn't proven and the most recent Gigantopithecus fossils of 300,000 years do not exist, there is no scientific evidence to support this hypothesis.

Returning instead to the description of the ancestor of Bigfoot, the Sasquatch, is inevitable to remember that references to similar creatures are found both in the Hindu book of Mahabharatha, both in religious texts of Sri Lanka and Thainlandia, both ancient Egyptian, Irish and Basque stories.
Many other examples of written and oral reports on gigantic beings present in the various folk traditions, around the world:

  • The mythical white-skinned Sao giants in black Africa, so tall that their bows were built with entire palm trunks and could bar the course of a river with bare hands
  • The Nephilim of the Biblical Tradition
  • Giants spotted in Mexico and Patagonia by explorers such as Magellan, Cortes, Drake, Hernandez...
  • The giant human bones found at Glozel in France, at Weiillisau in Switzerland, at Latina in Italy, in Morocco, in the Philippines at Ceylon, in Java...
    The memory of an ancient progeny of man from the appearance and size above the average is not only related to ancient folk traditions but also to archaeological discoveries that are often kept away from the media.

The theories on the existence and origins of Bigfoot remain countless and varied: Texas veterinarian Melba S. Ketchum claimed to have proved via sasquatch DNA sample that the legendary apes are partially human while in 2007 Vancouver Island resident Robert Wilson claimed to have seen a "large, hairy man who looked cave man-like... with sort of Neanderthal features, as big as a bear" airing the possibility that the Sasquatch might not be a giant ape at all, but could be a species of prehistoric human.
A few modern creationists have argued that the giants briefly mentioned in the book of Genesis were actually early Bigfeet while other conspiracy theorists accuse the government of having secretly removed burnt Sasquatch Corpses from Mount St. Helens after the 1980 Eruption and to have captured a live but injured exemplar of Bigfoot following a series of forest fires in Battle Mountain (Nevada) in 1999.

There is one last, suggestive hypothesis to consider, a theory that sees its genesis around 1973 thanks to Pennsylvanian UFO researcher Stan Gordon who noticed a correlation between Bigfoot and UFO sightings.
Strange lights, orange globes, and all those phenomena related to aliens seem to have a curious incidence just during the apparitions of Bigfoot. Are they the pilots of flying soucers?

“Mankind is not a race of noble savages - but primitive monsters hide inside us, elusive as Sasquatch...”
-John Geddes

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