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Abominable Science!Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids$
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Donald Prothero and Daniel Loxton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153201

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153201.001.0001

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Bigfoot

Bigfoot

The Sasquatch

Chapter:
(p.28) 2 Bigfoot
Source:
Abominable Science!
Author(s):

Daniel Loxton

Donald R. Prothero

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231153201.003.0002

This chapter discusses the origin of Bigfoot, also called Sasquatch. In the 1920s, in British Columbia's Fraser Valley, a man named John W. Burns collected the original eyewitness reports of encounters with “Sasquatch.” Unfortunately, the descriptions of the original Fraser Valley Sasquatch are completely different from those of the modern “Bigfoot,” as it was repeatedly described as “men.” As pioneering Bigfooter John Green explained, “The Sasquatch with which Mr. Burns' readers were familiar was basically giant Indians. They were called hairy giants it is true, but this was taken to mean they had long hair on their heads.” However, in 1957, a new witness named William Roe presented a dramatic story that is now recognized as the first fully modern Sasquatch sighting. According to Green, Roe “was the very first to describe a Sasquatch as an ape-like creature rather than a giant Indian,” creating the modern Sasquatch.

Keywords:   Bigfoot, Sasquatch, John W. Burns, Fraser Valley, John Green, Native American Indians, William Roe, modern Sasquatch

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