Native Americans share their belief in Bigfoot
Native American Artifacts
Bigfoot has long been believed in by the Native American people. The creature was part of their folklore long before Europeans arrived to the area. Native Americans had different names for this creature throughout various tribes. Historical artifacts from these people have been brought forward as evidence to support its existence. These artifacts show what looks to be an ape-like creature, though many of these tribes would have never seen an ape or monkey at this point in time. Some scientists believe the Native American legends created the modern Bigfoot and therefore offers no evidence.
In the 1920s, J.W. Burns started to take the stories from the Native American culture and made a series of Canadian newspaper articles. Burns coined the name "Sasquatch" from the word "Sésquac", meaning "wild man", to use in his articles.
|Jerry Crew showing Bigfoot footprint cast|
How Bigfoot got his name
In 1958, a worker named Jerry Crew at Ray Wallace's construction company found large 16 inch human-like footprints. The story was picked up by the Humbolt Times of Eureka, California. They used the name "Bigfoot" in the newspaper article. This was the first time the name was used and eventually stuck, replacing the name "Sasquatch". After Ray Wallace's death in 2002, large wooded feet were found and has been suggested that this event was a hoax.
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