The legend of Bigfoot is always growing and changing. Just this last week, a woman blamed her highway collision with a deer on a Bigfoot-like creature that was supposedly crossing the road, attempting to catch the deer. Of course, her story can be neither confirmed nor denied, but it does illustrate one thing for sure: the public’s curiosity surrounding the legend of Bigfoot has persisted and grown since the story was first told. Heck, there’s even a huge Music Festival named after him!
Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, Yowie, Wendigo, Skunk Ape...they’re all different regional names for the same wild, ape-like creature that all sorts of folks have been searching and attempting to build evidence for. At Simply Seattle, we are also unable to confirm or deny the existence of Bigfoot, but we know just how special the Legend is to the people of the Emerald City and the Pacific Northwest in general, which is why we’ve put together this little Bigfoot breakdown for you. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to head out into the wilderness and capture a grainy video of the mysterious creature. To satisfy your curiosities until then, here are 6 things you might not have known about the Legend of Bigfoot.
Almost Every Culture has a story of a Bigfoot-like Creature
We touched on it before with the various names for Bigfoot, but you might be surprised to hear that almost every culture on the face of the earth has their own version of the Bigfoot legend. Yes, stories of a fur-covered wildmen exist on every single continent except antarctica, and most of those stores date back to indigenous people who lived prior to modern civilization.
Having said that, the legend Bigfoot is definitely a Pacific-Northwest thing. Almost ⅓ of all modern day Bigfoot sightings come from this area, and the Halkomelem and Coast Salish peoples are widely credited with the term ‘sasquatch’ and the first recorded tales of the creature's existence.
Over Half of Americans Believe it’s True
The universality of the Bigfoot story is particularly interesting for both skeptics and believers, because both groups cite it as evidence for their own arguments. Believers will say that more sightings equal more proof, and that the creature must be more widespread than we originally thought. Skeptics, on the other hand will say the opposite; that it only further proves that people are just interested in making up stories about hairy ape-like creatures living in the wild, and that each sighting only goes to show how much of a hoax the Bigfoot story really is.
Whether you come down on the side of skeptic or believer, it may shock you to learn that over half of all americans believe that Bigfoot is alive and well out roaming the woods somewhere, and we just haven’t come across him yet.
Many See Bigfoot or Sasquatch as a Good Guy
Sure, we understand why a huge, hairy wild-man would inspire fear. In many ways, the idea of Bigfoot is inherently scary, but mostly because it’s just so mysterious. How would you feel if you came across one in the wild? It’s doubtful that you would run up to it and ask for a selfie.
In fact, many native stories about Sasquatch characterize him as a benevolent creature, a guardian of the forest. But, just like many of the modern day tales about Bigfoot, there are many discrepancies between the different indigenous stories surrounding the creature. Some state that Bigfoot belonged to a tribe similar to the natives, that he was a man who had friends, relatives, and loved-ones, and that he spoke the local languages. Other’s seem to think that Bigfoot is a benevolent forest spirit that’s as old as the Earth itself, and that he only shows up on behalf of mother nature. But both the Coast Salish and the Wenatchee nations have versions of the tale that characterize Bigfoot as a friend of man, or at the very least, uninterested in harming people. Still, there are just as many stories that characterize him as a scary monster-like figure, but at Simply Seattle, we prefer the story of the benevolent tree-hugger a little more.
Almost Everyone Agrees on Bigfoot’s physical Prowess
Aside from the Orang Pendek, the Sumatran version of a Bigfoot-like-critter that’s only a few feet tall, almost every culture’s version of Bigfoot characterizes the creature as big, fast, and hairy.
Bigfoot’s height averages out at around 8.5 feet tall, well above that of any person that has claimed to witness them. They are also clocked at a running speed of about 35 miles per hour, putting them well ahead of Usain Bolt, a T-Rex, and any other sort of comparable primate that currently exists.
One thing that almost every version of Bigfoot does agree on, regardless of when or where the story originated, is the hair. One of the distinct characteristics of Bigfoot that you’ll find in almost every version of the legend is that the creature is reportedly covered head-to-toe in reddish-brown fur. The fur is important because, aside from every other feature we’ve talked about here - the height, speed, nature, Bigfoot’s fur is what makes him distinctly non-human, and it’s one of the only characteristics that connects the different legends from across the world together.
There Have been a Number of Proposed Scientific Explanations for Bigfoot
There’s quite the difference between a Bigfoot believer, and a Bigfoot believer with a background in hard science. Sure, many of Bigfoot’s detractors and skeptics come from the scientific community, which doesn’t lend much credence to the story, overall.
Still, there are others, who do have a strong background in science, that have posited some pretty interesting scientific explanations for the creature. Rather than being a manifestation of some sort of supernatural force, or a missing link in the evolutionary chain, many scientists have offered the explanation that Bigfoot is just another animal, and one that we probably already know about.
Some proponents believed that Bigfoot could be a long-dormant population of Gigantopithecus, a mammoth prehistoric ape for which fossil evidence has been found in Asia. The only catch is that, if this were true, the giant ape would have had to cross the Bering land bridge, which is unlikely, and no fossils of the creature have been found in the americas.
Others believe that it is another extinct primate more closely related to humans. The Paranthropus Robustus, an early hominin native to Africa, has been suggested as a candidate, as has the Meganthropus, another hominid whose remnants have been found all over the world.
You Can Get all of Your Bigfoot Swag at Simply Seattle
There are many aspects of the Bigfoot legend that are altogether shrouded in mystery, and that’s part of what makes it so exciting. But, there is one definite truth that you can cling to: Simply Seattle is your go-to spot for all things Bigfoot!
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Whatever you hear about the Bigfoot legend, whether it’s fact, fiction, speculation, or total make-believe, we can all agree that Bigfoot, in all his mystery, has captured the hearts and minds of folks from all over the world. If you’re on the hunt for some epic Seattle gear to celebrate and remember this Pacific-NorthWest Mascot you know where to go.