The Native American Connection
AS YOU DIG INTO the Sasquatch phenomenon, one of the first things you learn is the irrefutable fact that every Indian tribe not only has a name or two for Sasquatch, but accept their reality as they do the deer, bear or bobcat. Most native cultures felt Sasquatch was an ancient race living here even before them. They had a healthy respect for sasquatch but in some tribes they were feared. In the Pacific Northwest many tribes view Sasquatch as a cannibal. Native lore tells stories of them snatching children to eat. Usually native lore is 50% true and 50% made up. After all, they didn't want their kids wandering away at night. Being told by my mother that a giant hair covered cannibal will eat me if I go out in the woods at night would definitely keep me close to the lodge. The following link is to a book by David Paulides called "The Hoopa Project." A great book of encounters in Northern California's Hoopa Indian reservation.
Every tribe usually has at least one name for Sasquatch but some tribes have more than one and you wonder why. I think it depends on how close the tribes and the Sasquatch lived together. Not geographically but socially. Click this link for a partial list of Sasquatch Indian names. After reading the list of names in the link, it's now clear that there is at least one name in each tribe for Sasquatch and sometimes more. Some names are an homage and some evoked fear. The Eastern Algonquian nation was made up of Micmacs, Passamaquoddy, Abenaki, Penobscot, and Maliseet Indian tribes making up the majority of natives here in New England. Some additional names for Sasquatch which do not appear on the list are Gougou, Gugwes, Kiwackwee and Windigo. Click on Champlain's log and read what he wrote down about the Gougou. It's more than compelling that he felt it important enough to include these incidents in his log considering how unhinged the crew became.
Robert W. Morgan says tribal Shamans or holy men would develop personal relationships with Sasquatch and exchange gifts of plants and medicinal herbs with them. I would think that an omnivore would be quite knowledgeable of which plants were consumable or not and which plants could cure you of ailments. An interesting observation I have made is that Native Americans are rarely researchers. Their oral histories have taught them that Sasquatch are to be left alone. I tend to agree which is why I prefer not to howl or knock on trees at night.
At present, Sasquatch have done an amazing job at staying undetected and undocumented, at least officially. They certainly don't need our help with that. But what DOES need protecting is their habitat from the REAL threat, Homo Sapiens. Regardless of how you feel about this subject, discovery of the North American Sasquatch has already happened and long ago. I'm certain people will continue to see them. If your curiosity is aroused, check out my book list on the ABOUT page, search the web and read about the great research that's being done right now. Familiarize yourself with the basic facts about Sasquatch and be aware of the potential that you might hear or see one someday. Again the real challenge is to protect and expand their habitat. You can help by joining and supporting any conservation group that protects forests, water resources, wildlife, and Native American culture.