Big Foot does not live alone and this QuickTurtle Books rhyme for kids tells the tale. All creatures, in order to survive, have to have families. That is the one thread that runs through all of life. A big foot has to be accompanied by little big feet pattering around on the forest floor, somewhere. We all know, if it were not for the existence of a female, a juvenile, and a baby sasquatch, there would be no possiblity of a big sasquatch. The legend of big foot would simply be a myth instead of a legend.
The magical existence of the sasquatch family is wonderfully portrayed in Mary Rensberry's big foot art. Any big foot lover as well as Big Foot himself would be intrigued to read Sasquatch. It is about family and the inevitable presence of Sasquatch love.
If I were a big foot,
I'd be daddy of three--
nine little big feet
all happy and free.
If I were a big foot,
I'd play hide and seek
with legends and myths
all done on the sneak.
October 20th is National Sasquatch Awareness Day.
Michigan Bigfoot Information Center is a Michigan Sasquatch Study Group trying to organize efforts to find out how many big feet may roam the State. There has been a history of big foot sightings throughout several parts of Michigan, yet no organized efforts for cataloguing these creatures has ever existed until now.
A Sasquatch catch all site is sasquatchchronicles.com
Sasquatch Big Foot
Sasquatch Big foot is said to be a large, ape-like creature that lives primarily in the forests stretching from the West Coast of British Columbia to Northern California, and to a lesser extent throughout North America. Sasquatch is a cryptid — a creature whose existence is suggested, but has not yet been confirmed by the scientific community. Like the Yeti of Asia or the Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas, big foot is rooted in Indigenous legend and is commonly researched by cryptozoologists and enthusiasts. Some believe Sasquatch is a nearly extinct species of hominid that survives in isolation, while others consider the creature to be the product of folklore and magic.
The word Sasquatch is believed to be an Anglicization of the Salish word Sasq’ets, meaning “wild man” or “hairy man.” J.W. Burns coined the term in the 1930s. Burns was an Indian agent assigned to the Chehalis Band, now known as the Sts’ailes First Nation. The Sts’ailes people claim a close bond with Sas’qets, and believe it has the ability to move between the physical and spiritual realm. Sasquatch has also been commonly known as Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
Big foot is often described as bipedal, measuring up to 2.75 m in height and 360 kg in weight, and covered in long dark hair. Its footprints are said to measure up to 50 cm. Plaster casts of what are said to be big foot tracks are often offered as proof of its existence, though the authenticity of such tracks is highly disputed. Film footage shot in 1967 that purports to show Bigfoot running through the woods near Bluff Creek, California, is perhaps the most famous evidence offered of the cryptid by its proponents. There has been no documented discovery of Sasquatch remains.
An 1884 article in Victoria's British Colonist is often cited as the earliest documented evidence of a Sasquatch sighting. The article describes the capture of a “half man and half beast” near Yale, BC. Nicknamed “Jacko,” it was described as “something of a gorilla type” that resembled a human covered in thick, glossy black hair. The creature was said to be found unconscious on a set of railway tracks, and upon awakening, chased by a group of men to a set of bluffs above the town. The men reported corralling “Jacko” on a rock shelf and dropping a rock on its head, knocking him out. Two days later, the newspaper ran a letter to the editor from J.B. Good, former superintendent of the Lytton Indian Mission. Good wrote that he had heard similar stories of “wild men of the woods” spotted by groups out hunting or fishing. Though he had initially dismissed their stories, on hearing of Jacko’s capture, Good wrote: “truth is stranger than fiction, and facts are stubborn things.”
In his research, John Green, a BC-based author of many books on Sasquatch, found contemporary newspapers decrying the story as a hoax. Green compiled a database of 1,340 Sasquatch or Bigfoot sightings in North America between the early 19th century and 1995. According to Green’s analysis of witness accounts, Sasquatch is said to possess superhuman speed, step length and strength, as well as the ability to overcome extreme obstacles by striding through heavy brush, ascending steep banks and hurdling high objects. Some report that big foot is also able to swim.
In summer 2011, a British Columbia man shot a video purporting to show a possible Sasquatch in the Tantalus mountain range near Squamish, and later posted the video to YouTube. The unidentified figure can be seen moving swiftly up the slope of a snow covered mountain.
J.W. Burns was the first to write about Sasquatch, collecting tales of Sasq’ets sightings from community members for a story in Maclean's magazine in 1929. The article was published on April Fool’s Day, leading many to dismiss it as a prank. While the legend of big foot persisted, it faded from public consciousness over the following decades.
Big Foot re-emerged in the 1950s, when two men began to separately investigate the legend. René Dahinden was perhaps Canada’s best-known Sasquatch researcher. Dahinden immigrated to Canada from Switzerland in 1953; and after hearing of Sasquatch shortly after his arrival, moved to BC. Dahinden collected hundreds of Sasquatch footprint casts and interviewed hundreds of witnesses along the West Coast of North America. Though Dahinden, who died in 2001, dedicated his life to finding Sasquatch, he once told a close friend: “I’ve spent over 40 years — and I didn’t find it. I guess that's got to say something.” John Green was a journalist and newspaper publisher in the 1950s when he started to research and write about Sasquatch. He is considered to be the foremost living expert on Sasquatch.
Big Foot activity, through sightings and research, has been concentrated in Canada in the region surrounding British Columbia’s Harrison Lake. The area has embraced this association. The town of Harrison Hot Springs held its first Sasquatch Days in 1938. It was a two-day event attended by Indigenous peoples from Canada and the United States. Sasquatch Days were re-launched as an annual celebration in 2012. A provincial park on the eastern edge of Harrison Lake was renamed Sasquatch Provincial Park in 1968. The Sts’ailes Band’s logo is a Sasquatch designed by artist Ron Austin.
Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/sasquatch