Indigenous Perspectives on Sasquatch (Part 2):
Following the previous post quoted from Indigenous Life Movement‘s original post from six years ago, here is a second part of this series of selected comments. For more details on the background, read Part 1.
SD: He’s one of the oldest spirits. He comes and shows himself when there’s a unbalance in nature’s laws, to remind you of how we’re supposed to live, our culture as Native people.
CJ: I grew up with one as my family. If he didn’t like a person that came to my house, he let it be known.
CRCK: I was told no one will ever catch him. He’s a magician also and protects all the animals from disrespectful, unworthy hunters.
NBT: I have a disrespectful poaching neighbor they can visit.
JLE: That’s why he can never be caught, he’s come back… We also believe the ones with satchels are good medicine bringers… And the ones without are bad medicine bringers.
CLBJ: One of my greatest dreams is to walk with the big man on his travels and aid him in his task so I may better protect the whole of our family.
DB: I was taught that when he let himself be seen by someone in a community that one of the children there needed protection and he was there to let them know.
MT: I saw one and there was paranormal activity before he showed himself, near Couch, Missouri, in 2011, September.
NBT: I’ve seen him. A few times.
LS: We are told to not disturb them.
ADT: My people (Shoshone) have a similar belief of the Big Man. They say if/when you come upon him, you MUST speak your Native language to him. So he knows you’re not one of the white man. Very rarely do people see him. I never have, but I know the Big Man does exist. My people have a lot of stories about him as well. But thank you for sharing, always nice to hear others’ beliefs about different things.
JO: I am of Basque and Mi’kMaq ancestry and have a foot in each community. My paternal side (Basque) as a name for very similar beings with lore and oral teachings of benevolent encounters with them. Basques are considered “white”. I think it is more that they can “see” the shape of your heart rather than care about your skin color or cultural background.
LM: I suspect if their intuitive and psychic abilities are genuine, wouldn’t they know what’s in one’s heart and heritage?
SAM: ADT thank you for the information. I am part Shoshone and Cherokee. The Cherokee also believed in the Big Man, they showed him respect. The Cherokee of long ago talk about seeing him and that you knew that he was near because of his smell.
KPB: He is real. People think you’re crazy when you try to talk about them, but for sure they are there. Pray to keep them safe. They’re our guides when change takes place.
GBS: Acknowledge him… offering of some sort…
RB: Respect it! Honor this Spirit! It has shown its self on Dine’ Lands recently in many parts of Arizona, New Mexico on Dine’ (Navajo) Lands. This past weekend in Farmington, New Mexico, there was a Conference on this Spirit. People from all over coming to our lands to look for this Spirit. We as Native People know better and this will never happen. Respect and Honor This Spirit! Aho! My Dine’ people have stories of this spirit. Prayers and songs were once offered to it when it appears. But that has long been gone because it was never relearned. Them prayers and songs left with the Elders. Today it has appeared in many places on our Dine’ Lands. In New Mexico this past weekend they held a “Big Foot” conference. People still thinking they can catch it… Never gonna happen.
FLC: And they have people proud to shot him/them. He’s a Demigod for goodness sake, leave him alone!
CH: I wish they would stop hunting him. Natives have always believed he does exist.
VMS: I believe they are a powerful and pure spirit with super human powers… No one will ever capture one.
MMG: I have seen Bigfoot!
BS: Soboba Rez- Luiseno Native. We are just caretaker of this land Mother Earth provides. All that is needed and we need not take more than. We all connect to that Great Spirit know by many names. The Creator of all that is good. Everyone know something is out there stronger and bigger than us. And death is not just a deep sleep, it’s where our spirit and soul live in the shell of this body form until we get out of this 3rd dimension we live here now, then we go to another in the after world. Aho.
JL: So true! I believe this with all my heart! So, little do we know and understand about the spirit world or other dimensions! That’s why I believe that there is no death.
DB: Very enchanting rendition. Here is what I was taught. When we pray in Inipi and spirits come, we acknowledge Si-Tanka. He is wakan, which means he has always been a spirit. This is a boring story that probably won’t sell any books or get me recognized as a spiritual leader, but I am fine with that as long as you all now know what I know about Si Tanka.
CM: Taught the same thing…
LR: Yes he comes into night lodges and sweats.
RCR: In our culture they are held very sacredly. They are our medicine keepers.
(To be continued)