Known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch in North American folklore or Yeti in Himalayan folklore, stories of large upright-walking, ape-like creatures and the evidence of their existence appear to be in a sort of evidential limbo. As although no concrete evidence has been provided, the sheer number of people, even today, claim they have seen such a creature and it’s hard to convince them they have seen something else.
Many cultures have accounts of human-like giants in their folk history, with each telling of these stories the local population give it their own name. A lot of these names however, tend to translate to “wild man” or “hairy man”. In particular, native American folklore is rich with tales of these giant creatures and the fact that one-third of all claims of Bigfoot sightings are located in the Pacific Northwest, it would lend their stories a little credence.
Some believe that the western obsession with Big Foot can be traced back to a 1958 article in the Humboldt Times, where journalist Andrew Genzoli highlighted a letter from a reader about loggers in northern California who’d discovered mysteriously large footprints. Due to the popularity of this story Genzoli and fellow journalist Betty Allen would publish follow up stories about accounts from loggers about their Big Foot experiences, and so the modern legend was born.
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