Mathiessen reported similar views among the Turtle Mountain
Ojibway in North Dakota, that Bigfoot, whom they call
Rugaru, :"appears in symptoms of danger or psychic disruption to
The Hopi elders say that the increasing appearances of
Bigfoot are not only a message or warning to the individuals or
communities to whom he appears, but to humankind at large. As
Mathiessen puts it, they see Bigfoot as "a messenger who
appears in evil times as a warning from the Creator that man's
disrespect for His sacred instructions has upset the harmony and
balance of existence."
The Iroquois of the Northeast view Bigfoot much in the
same way the Hopi do. However, the "little people" are mentioned
among Iroquois much more often than Bigfoot. These small
human-like beings have been seen in the Adirondacks mountains.
Many Iroquois seem to regard both Bigfoot and the "little
people" as spiritual or interdimensional beings who can enter or
leave our physical dimension as they please, and choose to whom
they present themselves, always for a reason.
Bigfoot is rumored to be living in the mountains and forests
of northwestern United States (northern California, Ohio,
Oregon, Washington, and Idaho) and Western Canada (British
Columbia and Alberta).
The highest rate of sightings and recovered footprints are in
the Northwestern part near the Oregon border around the Humboldt
Forest, Bluff Creek, Hoopa, Weitchpec, Orleans, Somes Bar and
Willow Creek, located between Crescent City to the North and
Eureka to the South; between Interstate 5 and Highway 101 on
Highways 299 and 96. Other California cities with a number of
reported sightings are Mt. Lassen, Mt. Shasta, Weed, Round
Mountain, Elk Creek, Caribou, Happy Camp, Clear Creek, Trinity
Alps, Weaverville, Salyer, Crescent Mills, Lake Oroville,
Hayfork, Vacaville, the Lake Tahoe area, Yosemite, Mammoth
Lakes, Bear Valley; and in the coastal cities of Eureka, Yreka,
Fort Bragg, Orick, Crescent City, San Rafael, Olema, Hayward and
as far south as El Capitan Reservoir in San Diego County near
the Mexican border where a family of 3 were sighted.
The deserted areas of Southern California are the home of the
Desert Sasquatch and he has been reported several times only 12
miles away from San Diego. The Palmdale-Lancaster area of the
Mojave Desert and Edward’s Air Force Base are the “hottest
areas” in terms of sightings but credible sightings also
occurred at Lake Isabella, Piute Mountains, China Lake Naval
Weapons Center, Fort Irwin Military Reservation, Tehachapi,
Monolith, Mojave, Edward’s Air Force Base, Rosamond, Lancaster,
Palmdale, Victorville, Hesperia, Pearblossom, Valyermo, Apple
Valley, Twenty-nine Palms Marine Base, Joshua Tree National
Monument, Colton, Corona, Riverside, Ontario, Redlands,
Beaumont, Yucaipa, Hemet, , Lake Elsinore, Indio, Anza-Borrego
Desert State Park, Superstition Mountain, Manzanita Indian
Reservation, Cleveland National Forest, and Cahuilla Indian
A lot of those experiences have come in recent years from the
Blue Mountains and especially in the high country just a few
miles east of Dixie, a town of a couple hundred people on U.S.
Highway 12, some 10 miles east of Walla Walla. Mt. St. Helens
which has always carried legends of Bigfoot is a famous spot and
last but not least a little town called Tete Jaune Cache, about
eighty miles west of Jasper, Alberta.
According to one of Bigfoot’s most prominent chroniclers,
John Green, Canadian journalist/investigator,
the creatures are about seven and a half feet in height.
They are normally solitary in disposition and seldom seen in
company of others. Like a primate,
is supposed to have reddish-brown/auburn hair covering nearly
all parts of his body and a footprint ranging from 11 to 21
inches but averaging about 16 inches long and 7 inches wide.They
also have broad shoulders, nonexistent necks, flat faces, large
flat noses, sloped foreheads, brow ridges and cone-shaped heads.
However, the proportions of their limbs are closer to that of a
human than a primate. They are generally omnivorous, largely
nocturnal, and mostly inactive during cold spells.
Both sexes and offspring have been observed, usually in
summer and fall. Strong, agile, and fast, Bigfoot is a good
swimmer and are often seen near and around bodies of fresh
water; streams, lakes and rivers. They are also said to be
malodorous and to communicate by grunts, howls, shrieks, or
whistles similar to those of a mountain lion. Bigfoot enjoys a
broad diet ranging from fish, rodents, and deer to fruits,
berries and various vegetation.
Some pretend that they live in small groups of one male and 4
sometimes 5 females and that this is the breeding community.
Then as they have offspring, the young females grow up and
replace the adult females as they are dying. The young males are
grown up and they are driven out of the group by the adult male
which tolerates no competition. These young males would then
wander the countryside, growing up, getting stronger, looking
for another social group where they can perhaps have a conflict
or challenge the dominant male there, and hopefully take over.
As a rule, he seems to stay away from humans even if he has
been sometimes described as spying us. He can disappear quickly
in such a manner that invisibility is recognized as one of his
The oldest written account of Bigfoot on record occurred in
986 A.D. by Leif Erikson and his men. During their first landing
in the new world, the Norsemen wrote about monsters that were
horribly ugly, hairy and swarthy.
One of the earliest published reports of Bigfoot was in a
California newspaper, the Antiloch Ledger, during 1870. He
reported the sighting of a gorilla or wildman in the bush. He
also noted that the head seemed to be set closely on its
shoulders, without a neck. However, it also goes on to say that
it had relatively short legs, and therefore could have been a
chimpanzee or another monkey.
Thousands of notable sightings occurred throughout the 20th
century, with witnesses coming forward to newspapers throughout.
Stories ranged from stumbling upon the enormous footprints to
being abducted or attacked by the creatures.
The story of Albert Ostman, a 64-year-old retired lumberman
from British Columbia, went public in 1957 with a tale he had
kept to himself since 1924, for fear of being ridiculed.
Ostman's "sleeping-bag snatch" remains the most elaborately
detailed account of Bigfoot contact : a first-person account of
While on a camping trip near Vancouver Island, Ostman found
that something had disturbed his supplies and food on two nights
in a row. A Native American trail guide had warned him about the
presence of local Bigfoot when Ostman set up his camp, and this
was the first time Ostman had ever heard of the creatures, but
he didn't think they could be the culprits messing with his
Then one night Ostman was shaken awake to find himself being
indelicately carried away inside his sleeping bag. The opening
of the sleeping bag was held shut, and Ostman had no choice but
to be dragged along the forest ground for what he estimated to
be 25 miles, nearly suffocating. After what seemed like a
three-hour ordeal, he was thrown to the ground in a heap, and
emerged to find himself in the company of four Bigfoot. Ostman
described them as a family, with a father and a mother and their
pair of offspring, one male and one female. He indicated that
the adult male, his kidnapper, was over eight feet tall and
powerfully built, covered in dark hair all over. The children,
though smaller, were still about seven feet tall.
Ostman said the Bigfoot chattered amongst themselves in a
seemingly intelligent language, and although they did not hurt
or threaten him, they were determined not to let him leave.
Their lair was inside a small valley enclosed by cliffs, and the
adult male stood guard at the only apparent entry passage.
Ostman suggested that he may have been selected as a prospective
mate for the young female.
Ostman claimed that he was held captive for a period of six
days. In that time he formed a tentative bond with the younger
male, who became fond of sampling Ostman's snuff. That gave
Ostman an idea. He offered his snuff to the adult male, which
impulsively dumped the entire container into his mouth. The
tobacco rush incapacitated the big Sasquatch in short order,
making him writhe on the ground in overwhelming discomfort.
Ostman seized the opportunity to escape, and never told anyone
his fantastic tale until three decades later, when it seemed the
world might be ready to listen.