By Greg Tucker
You´re out on a hike in the great redwood forests of Washington. The air is musty, the dirt is soft and the fungi have invaded the crevices of every decaying log that lays on the ground. You hear a hooting sound, but not like that of an owl. Instead, it sounds like a man comedically imitating an owl. The sound is full, strong, mighty and it surrounds you to the point of disorientation. You hear knocking, banging and tortured screams from within the trees. You now hear rustling, and as you look up to see the sun´s rays break through the canopy, he appears. Tall, brooding and hairy, it can't possibly be anyone other than the infamous Bigfoot.
The mythological creature, Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is said to roam the forests of North America. However, Bigfoot seems to like making appearances in the Pacific Northwest where he is frequently reported to this day. First mentioned in the legends of Native Americans of the area as se'sxa and other variants of the name, Bigfoot has been contemporarily reported since the 16th century and is described as a hairy man/ape-like creature who stands between 6 and 15 feet tall. In the 1920s, miners in the area reported seeing the creature and claimed to have heard loud ¨wood-knocking¨ noises, banging, rocks being thrown, all behaviors found in other primate species.
Some suggest that Sasquatches are a lost sub-group of primates that reside in North America. With that said, there isn't much evidence to prove so as Sasquatch as legit bones, fossils and fur have not yet been found. Many forms of evidence such as eyewitness testimony, low-quality film and photos as well as audio recordings are often written off as hoaxes; the two semi credible sources of evidence are the Sierra Sounds (zoologists have no clue of what creature could possibly make those noises) and the infamous Patterson-Gimlin film. This lack of physical evidence prompts many to believe that Sasquatches are creatures that exist beyond our physical realm and come into and leave ours as they please.
No matter the case, Bigfoot is a creature that all Americans have heard about and is undoubtedly one of the most prevalent American legends.