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  • Writer's pictureLonnie Jeffries

The Legend of Bigfoot

Across various Native American tribes, Bigfoot is viewed as a supernatural or spiritual being that conveys important messages. The Algonquin legend of the Witiko (Windigo) warns against cannibalism, symbolizing a community's downfall if it turns on itself.

The Lakota, or Sioux, call Bigfoot Chiye-tanka, meaning "elder brother," and see him as a wise guardian. Lakota figures like Joe Flying By and Pete Catches describe Bigfoot as both spirit and real being, able to take various forms and glide through forests, offering blessings and protection.

Ray Owen of the Dakota tribe explains Bigfoot as an interdimensional being appearing to guide and protect humans. The Turtle Mountain Ojibway and Hopi also view Bigfoot's appearances as warnings of danger or disruption, messages from the Creator to correct human behavior.

The Iroquois consider Bigfoot and the "little people" as spiritual beings who choose their appearances purposefully. The Salish in British Columbia call Bigfoot "Sasquatch" and have legends about "giant men" and "stick men" in their local mountains.

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