The word "Sasquatch"originated in Canada
Salishan Language Family, Coast Salishan dialect, Language of Chehalis
Coast Salish, Katzie First Nations
They are part of the Sto:lo family of First Nations
Traditional name: Sasq’ets
Translation name: Sasquatch
In southwestern British Columbia, on southern Vancouver and nearby islands, live some five hundred speakers of Halkomelem, a Central Salish language in the Salish language family. And there is also said to be, somewhere in the mountains and woods known to the Halkomelem, a creature called in their language Sasquatch, or "hairy man."
What we know about these creatures is, that they have been around much longer then most realize. They date back well into the 1800’s and have lived along side with the Indians of our lands. Today, we have learned a lot actually, about these creatures due to all the reported sightings that are out there. Yes, they have been reported all over the United States, Canada and other areas. Yes, they do have a breeding population.
Despite what you see or hear on some shows on TV, there are people that actually want answers of what these creatures are. It is not advantageous to guess on what they are or where they come from or why they are here. We need to take a scientific view point on the evidence at hand. Unfortunately, there are some out there in this research work that are out to try to make money or be famous on this topic, and that is the wrong way to go about things. Those people think of this like hitting the lottery and dreams of making it rich on dragging in a body to science. This is not the case at all and most likely it will not happen.
"What we do know"
When I refer to these as "Creatures" it is a broad spectrum. We
really don’t know exactly where they fit in as a species as of yet. DNA possibilities claim more towards human rather than animal. But we need more DNA samples and studies for validation.
We know that they are very curious creatures and that the do communicate with each other by making various audible sounds ranging from tree knocks and different types of calls and yells. The Indians were the first to know these things since they also did these same things when on their hunts for game animals or simply to communicate with each other to find each other in the wildness. That information has been passed down from many generations of Indians.
We know that they eat just about anything that will not hurt them just like bears. They are known to be scavengers and live off the land like most animals do and possibly move to locations where these are predominate during season changes, just like other animals do. They seem to like eating the liver and hearts of animals and only taking high nutrients parts. They seem to break the legs of deer and only take these parts and leave the rest behind. They are considered to be very intelligent creatures more so then apes or monkeys.
They do build nesting areas but seldom do we find them. They may take up residence in natural cover like caves and heavily wooded areas. We know they are breeding because there have been reported sightings of them with smaller ones. They are the masters of camouflage and if they do not want to be seen, you could walk past them and not even see them. They use the natural surroundings as their cover, which also helps in their hunting skills for food.
With the size of these creatures they can cover a lot of ground. So, for something to be a large hike for us to travel, it might just take them half the time or less for them to travel to an area. And since they may live in family pods, they can be vary protective of the area that they may be located.
Our thoughts on killing something like this or anything really, to prove its existence is a simple minded way of thinking and not necessary at all. We can study these creatures in their environment to understand them better without having to kill them. If we happen upon a dead one, then you have some physical/body evidence at that point to collect. But that is very unlikely to happen.
D. Jeffrey Meldrum
D. Jeffrey Meldrum is an Associate Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology at Idaho State University. Meldrum is also Adjunct Professor of Occupational and Physical Therapy and Affiliate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Idaho Museum of Natural History.
Meldrum is an expert on foot morphology and locomotion in primates. He received his B.S. in zoology specializing in vertebrate locomotion at Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1982, his M.S. at BYU in 1984 and a Ph.D. in anatomical sciences, with an emphasis in biological anthropology, from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989.
He held the position of postdoctoral visiting assistant professor at Duke University Medical Center from 1989 to 1991. Meldrum worked at Northwestern University's Department of Cell, Molecular and Structural Biology for a short while in 1993 before joining the faculty of Idaho State University where he currently teaches.
Meldrum is best known for his open-minded yet scientific approach to the Bigfoot phenomenon. Because he grew up in the Pacific Northwest, Meldrum was no stranger to the subject, having heard Sasquatch stories from an early age. His interest in the legendary creature took a back burner as he continued his formal education and teaching until 1996, when he found and cast a series of fresh Sasquatch prints in Washington and, the following year, northern California. Meldrum has since gathered and purchased collections of purported track casts as part of his research into Sasquatch foot anatomy.His lab now houses what may be the world's most extensive collection of Sasquatch track casts. Meldrum is widely considered the leading expert on sasquatch footprints as well as the derived morphology and functional anatomy of the foot.
D. JEFFREY MELDRUM, Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University
Bigfoot researcher Peter Byrne was born in Ireland. Following service in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Byrne went to Northern India to work on a tea plantation. Peter discovered his first yeti footprint in Nepal in 1948. In 1953 he started his own safari company which he ran for eighteen years. In 1957 Byrne embarked on a three year expedition to hunt and track down the yeti; said expedition was funded by Texas oilman Tom Slick. In 1960 Peter headed another expedition to uncover Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest of Northern California; other members of the team briefly included fellow Sasquatch researchers John Green and Rene Dahinden.Read more about Peter.
Grover Krantz's (November 5, 1931 – February 14, 2002) was a professor of physical anthropology at Washington State University, perhaps most famous to the general public as one of the few scientists not only to research Bigfoot, but also to express his belief in the cryptid's existence. Krantz's specialty as an anthropologist included all aspects of human evolution, but he was best known outside of academia as the first serious researcher to devote his professional energies to the scientific study of Bigfoot, beginning in 1963. Because his cryptozoology research was ignored by mainstream scientists, despite his academic credentials, in a bid to find an audience Krantz published numerous books aimed at casual readers and also frequently appeared in television documentaries. Read more on Grover Krantz
John Willison Green
John Willison Green (February 12,1927 - May 28,2016) is a Canadian retired journalist and a leading researcher into the Bigfoot phenomenon. He is a graduate of both the University of British Columbia and Columbia University and has a database of more than 3000 sighting and track reports. Read more about John Green.
René Dahinden (August 22, 1930 - April 18, 2001) was a well-known Bigfoot (Sasquatch) researcher. Dahinden was born in Switzerland but moved to Canada at the end of October 1953, where he would live for the rest of his life. He became interested in the Bigfoot phenomenon shortly after arriving in Canada, and during the next few decades he conducted many field investigations and interviews throughout the Pacific Northwest. Read more about Rene'.
Bill Munns was first connected to the Bigfoot discussion by virtue of his well publicized full scale reconstructed figure of Gigantopithecus (with him standing beside it), originally published in the book "Other Origins", and subsequently digitized and freely copied into Bigfoot websites and Forums whenever the discussion turned to Gigantopithecus and its potential relationship to the Sasquatch. Bill has worked as a special effects/prosthetics makeup artist since 1969, starting at Universal Studios, under Mike Westmore. During his career, he has made numerous full body suits, fur costumes, masks, and animatronics for various movies, TV shows, and commercials. Based on that experience, in 2008, he began a series of postings on BFF on "Creature Suit Analysis", with both general information about making creature type suits or costumes for films, and specific references to the ongoing controversy of the Patterson-Gimlin Film, and the debate as to whether what is seen in the film is a real creature or a hoaxed event with a person in a fur suit.
There is a common misconception that Bill is doing "Bigfoot Research" or is a "believer". He is doing research on the Patterson-Gimlin Film only, and evaluating the data it contains, to see what determinations can be made about both the physical film itself, and the subject seen in the film image. And he is mystified by the Bigfoot-Sasquatch phenomenon, open to the prospect of its existence, willing to listen, supportive of many current research efforts and researchers, but he does not currently endorse any research conclusions based on other photos, sightings, footprints or related evidence material.
His opinion of the Patterson-Gimlin Film is that the subject seen in the film is something real, and not a hoaxed event with a human in a costume.
"The Munns Report" is an analysis by Bill Munns of the 1967 Patterson-Gimlin Film which was filmed at Bluff Creek, California
Some Sasquatch History