Sasquatch is an alternative name for Bigfoot.
Definition: A legendary creature resembling a large hairy human, said to inhabit the wilderness of the northwestern United States and western Canada.
Etymology: The name Sasquatch comes from the Native North American Salish term se'sxac (“wild men”).
The first reported discovery of Sasquatch footprints was in 1811 by British explorer David Thompson. Many footprint sightings have been reported in the years since, and even some alleged photographic evidence (one of the most well-known being by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin at Bluff Creek, California., in 1967).1
Sasquatch is said to have the following characteristics:
- Tall, from 2m to 4.5m (6 to 15 feet).
- Leaves footprints measuring up to 60x20cm (24x8").
- Moves silently but may emit a high-pitched cry.
Some researchers, including Soviet scientist Boris Porshnev, have suggested that creatures such as Sasquatch and the Siberian Almas could be a remnant of Neanderthal man. Mainstream science rejects this hypothesis.
1. "Sasquatch." Encyclopędia Britannica. 2008. Encyclopędia Britannica Online. 27 Apr. 2008