Meet the New Sasquatch
Most Indians knew of this phrase. However, in 1929 the Indian Agent for the Chehalis Reservation was determined to bring his fellow Whites the stories of his beloved Indians. J.W. Burns held a unique position of trust and respect. After several years of “plodding” he uncovered a few Indians who still claimed contact with the wild men. Their stories pivot between two oddities: one human and one not human though very human looking. One of the Indians, Charley Victor, told Burns that they call these hairy Indians ‘Sasquatch.’ This is partly Indian from the Saskahaua District name (meaning mountainous) and Chinook Jargon for man— “George.” The Indians pronounced it Saskahawah Chotch, and it seems this is what Burns slightly Anglicized to make more pronounceable.
The result was a popular legend among the Whites that there existed a tribe of giant hairy Indians in the mountains. They entered a popular folklore and to Whites in Canada they became synonymous with a mountain ogre that kidnapped women and scared children. But to the Indian “giant” had meant 6 feet to 6 and one half feet tall but twice the thickness of an ordinary man.
An ogre 8 or 9 feet tall was popular folklore’s first mistake. Our next mistake was to forget “two tribes” existed. Our third was to imagine that Indians all throughout the Pacific Northwest were referring to a “Sasquatch” whenever they spoke of some hairy denizen of the forest, “wild man” or evil predator. This mistake was made possible because of Bigfoot. This started White Man investigating. Unfortunately, White Man brought his preconceived ideas with him.
In 1958 when Bigfoot was officially discovered, John Green, a Canadian newsman, journeyed to Bluff Creek and made the connection with these big footprints and the Sasquatch he was now investigating in Canada. One became the other and both helped to form a popular modern legend of the forests.
From there theorizing took the myth to a more erudite falsehood. There was nothing as popular in the world of mysteries in the 1950s as the Yeti, the traditional Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas. Anthropologist Vladimir Tchernesky and zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans were at the fore of theorizing. They speculated that Yeti was a living specimen of a prehistoric ape known as Gigantopithecus. Because of one huge ape fossil jaw, it became more believable to think that a living example of the same prehistoric primate was alive.
Yeti was described as a bipedal, cone-headed, very cone-headed, anthropoid. This convinced those like Tchernesky. Like other anthropologists he had believed that Gigantopithecus, by nature of its jaw and by a few giant molars also found, had walked upright. By the theories of the time, this had made Gigantopithecus a benchmark of primate evolution of ape to man. Everything seemed to fit. Yeti proved Gigantopithecus had walked upright and Gigantopithecus’ jaw proved that a giant bipedal primate had once existed. Both became Yeti. Both became Gigantopithecus. Worse of all, eventually both became Bigfoot, and, tragically, all three became Sasquatch.
Today Sasquatch is a Gigantopithecus, an 8 or 9 foot tall giant prehistoric Eurasian primate roaming over North America. He’s a cone-headed, upright Gentle Giant ape.
Nothing is so far from the truth. Nothing is as far from Indian stories, frontier accounts and Indian artwork. When the Salis Indians spoke of two tribes, they were right.
For 15 years I researched and searched for the answers before I formed PNE&S. I am perhaps best known for my research into the Bermuda Triangle. But that is but the fate of having put up my www.bermuda-triangle.org in 1999 first. Although I diligently researched that topic, I have spent no less time on uncovering the truth about Bigfoot.
Unfortunately, with Ray Wallace’s family’s 2002 obit confession that he was the Bigfoot at Bluff Creek in 1958, the mainstream has completely archived Bigfoot. This was an easy thing to do considering that Bigfootery became an odd pursuit for folklore and a venal pursuit for thrill seekers. Bigfooters have promoted the existence of a cone-headed giant ape and believed he could be found over the whole of the North American continent. More than anything, this is why no Bigfoot has ever been proven. They simply seek something that does not exist.
My research into Indian history and artwork has uncovered a pattern of description and consistency of features that allows for the identification of 4 entities behind the frontier accounts. Although this may seem like a lot, considering the size of the North and South American continents, it really isn’t. Africa is still regarded popularly as the Dark Continent. Yet more of America remains undiscovered— 38% as opposed to Africa’s remaining 28%.
There is also one other point of logic which must be born in mind. Africa has many monkey varieties, and presently a few species of great apes; Asia the same. America is a land of monkeys as well. and yet zoologists and anthropologists used to be very surprised that it held no native apes or giant monkeys, such as the Baboon might be considered in Africa.
Rumors of apes in South America, however, found their way into print in the 18th century. But it was in 1920 that the first picture was taken. François de Loys was a Swiss French geologist searching for signs of oil. Near the Rio Tarra his party was taken by surprise by a pair of largely bipedal anthropoids. They were between 5 and 6 feet tall. They ripped branches off the bushes and began to threaten his party. They screamed and wailed and seemed ready to attack. Both were shot by de Loys and his party. The wounded male ran off into the jungle and died. But de Loys brought the female corpse back to camp and photographed it. There was denial and even acrimony on the part of the zoological community because de Loys’ picture showed what looked like a giant spider monkey, a common small quadruped with a long prehensile tail. De Loys’ claim that they were both bipedal and tailless was denounced as false.
Only one man, professor Georges Montandon, championed de Loys’ discovery. After a careful study of the picture and de Loys’ report, Montandon introduced the species as Ameranthropoides loysi— “Mr. Loys ape-like America.” It was neither ape nor monkey. It was a 5, (5 feet, 1 and 3/4 inch to be precise) foot tall anthropoid that looked very close to a known genus of small monkey. This had never been seen before. To this day zoologists are divided whether such a thing ever truly existed.
Montandon’s impressive research uncovered much evidence for its existence. However, I have been the first to take up where he left off. He was able to trace the brutes. He felt they could have migrated through Central America— the Maya have statues that suggests such anthropoids— but the artwork of the Indians of the Pacific Northwest convinced me that the loysi, as it is called, did exist. Not only that, it is part of the reality behind what we have called Bigfoot.
To the Indians it was Dsonoqua, a cannibal nude people that inhabited the deep, dank forests. Various tribes had different opinions about what Dsonoqua was, but all knew of the existence of such “things.”
May debunkers would love such a reality behind Bigfoot— some 5 foot tall crude anthropoid that like its monkey cousin flings its dung at you. What a contrast to the missing link, cone-headed berry-eating buddy of modern Bigfoot fable! However, that is not the case. WE, White Man, specifically Bigfootery, reached out to Dsonoqua as proof of Bigfoot. The Indians never did.
Aside from the Dsonoqua, the Chinook and Klickitat spoke of the Skoocoom. These were not inhabitants of the deep forest but of the mountains. By 1847 they were reduced to living on Mount St. Helens alone. One thing is definitely known about the Skoocoom. Despite being to human that one artist (Paul Kane) could only interpret Indian regard for them as “race of beings of a different species who are cannibals,” they are not human at all. They have only 4 toes and a long, monkey-like heel. This evidence suggests they too are an anthropoid related to another South America monkey— the Howler Monkey. One particular report (Happy Camp, 1882) describes a curious feature that the South American Howler. Far from the cone-headed giant Yeti of modern fable, it sported a “bulldog’s head,” a feature of the Howler. Skoocoom and the true Sasquatch are noted for their howling abilities. Eyewitness accounts from the Ape Canyon Incident also speak of Howler features, such as ears that stick straight out, and yet others (including Happy Camp) speak of this “What is it?” as having a beard. All these are features of the Howler. Also, the local Indians say that Skoocoom has 5 fingers. The thumb is jointed like the fingers and is not opposable. Four toes have been associated with a human monster since the 1902 report in Idaho. This “human monster” brandished a club at children skating near the John Gooch Ranch. Thrice such prints were found in the 20th century: Canada 1973, 1981, and 1988.
These huge 4-toed prints are not the footprint of Bigfoot, the enlarged human flat foot gadfly of modern hoaxes. But they are attested to in old journals far more than these modern hoaxes.
Indian artwork has also shown us features of the bukwas— the wild man of the woods. Sometimes he had ape-like features, but other times he is a human being. A bit different from us, with thick lips and unkempt features, but human he is, as human as one tribe of Sasquatch men whom the Salis Indians said could speak something close to the Douglas Dialect.
One other entity remains, and his tracks have been proven only once, in one of the most extraordinary incidents in “Sasquatch history. We might call him the “true Sasquatch.” He is not human, but neither is he Skoocoom or Dsonoqua. He is noted for a long foot and an an unusually small head of his body size. This encounter in Canada in 1941 describes something remarkably similar to what a hunter described in California in 1869.
These are the objects of PNE&S. PNE&S is not a part of Bigfoot culture. It is not a publicist’s machine for folklore and thrill seekers. Its purpose is genuine data gathering and actual searching. Data gathering cannot be an end in itself. It requires analysis and this requires conclusions and actions. If I am right in my evidence and conclusions, there is an edge in tracking and predicting. If wrong, I have merely added to the large dossier of those who have tried to uncover the truth of 2 hundred years of stories of “animal humans” in the Pacific Northwest and Siberia.
This evidence, its history, and so much more, I have placed in Recasting Bigfoot. But PNE&S’s website will continue to keep you updated on discoveries, news and expeditions into the search for Bigfoot. . .
We must start dividing between Skoocoom, Sasquatch, Dsonoqua and people, for Indian artwork, frontier history, and footprints tell us all truly are involved in the convoluted dossier that became Bigfoot; and all 4 are required to banish that carnival’s garish creation. Ironically, the cone-headed giant isn’t a part of American history. The Yeti has no place in America. It is time we recast Bigfoot so that we can find the real “animal humans” of the Pacific Northwest.
I hope that this website, PNE&S’s research, and my book Recasting Bigfoot prove helpful for those who are interested in more than just campfire folklore. Journey through the site and begin to uncover something very exciting at our own back door.
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