FIRST NATIONS SASQUATCH REFERENCES GALLERY
Petroglyphs are engravings on rock
surfaces. They were painstakingly
created by ancient people for
communications, religious, and simple
art-expression purposes. We can only
guess at the meaning of some of the
symbols used. Many animals depicted
can be definitely identified, and of
course humans are obvious.
The petroglyph head seen on the left is
in Bella Coola, BC, a prime area for
sasquatch-related incidents. It does not
appear to be a human head (there are
also images of human heads and this
head is totally different). It is somewhat
similar to the stone heads which are
thought to be sasquatch-related.
A petroglyph in California that Native people say is the “hairy man.” Descriptions provided for the “hairy man” and a pictograph (rock painting--see First Nations Pictographs section) of the creature match the descriptions we have of the sasquatch.
These petroglyphs were found in New Mexico. The first photograph show the familiar “whistling lips” seen on “sasquatch” masks created by First Nations
people in British Columbia. Could it be that the images were created as a warning that the creature inhabited that region? The second photographs shows footprints.
The print on the right is similar to the stone foot (see First Nations Stone Carvings section).
Pictographs showing humans at the
same site as the “hairy man” image. A
distinct difference is seen.Pictographs are paintings on rock
faces.utilizing natural pigments.
Ancient Native people created them for
the same reasons they created
petroglyphs (communications, religious,
art-expression purposes). The
most famous sasquatch-related
pictographs are in central California.
They depict what the Native people
refer to as the “hairy man” along with
with his mate (wife) and child. The
“hairy man” seen here is about 8.5 feet
In addition to appearance similarities,
Native stories of the “hairy man”
provide several behaviors and characteristics
that correspond with what we know about the sasquatch. There appears to be little doubt that, real or mythical, the hairy man and the Pictographs showing humans at the same site as the “hairy man” image. A distinct difference is seen.
The information presented
here was from research done
by Kathy Moskowitz Strain,
Forest Heritage Resource
and Tribal Relations Program
Manager for the Stanislaus
National Forest, California.
Kathy has authored a
remarkable book on bigfoot in
Native culture. She provides
valuable insights on
traditions and values related
to the sasquatch.
A D’sonoqua mask (top) and a ‘buck’ was mask depicting what we have come to call a sasquatch.
Generally speaking, most wood carvings
(masks and totem poles) depicting the
sasquatch are those of the Kwakiutl Tribe in British Columbia, Canada. The carvings
depict either the female sasquatch which
has long hair and whistling lips, or the
male which has no hair and a straight,
open mouth with exposed teeth. The
female is called D’sonoqua (several
spellings and a proper noun). The male is
called a buck’ was, or just buckwas (not a
proper noun). The interpretation is either
“wild woman of the woods,” or “wild man
of the woods,” as applicable.” An
example of each mask is shown on the
However, the most ape-like mask ever
found was one created by a native of the
the Tsimshian Tribe, also of British
Columbia, as illustrated below.
This mask was created in about 1850
and invites considerable speculation
as to what inspired the artist to create
Native people in British Columbia,
(homeland of the sasquatch) appear
to have created most of the wood
carvings showing the sasquatch. Just
how far they go back in history is
difficult to determine, but definitely
long before non-Native people took an interest in the creature.
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