English (Available dubbed in Aboriginal & subtitled in English)

Region: N/A

Year of Production: 2016

Duration: 44 mins

The Sasquatchn has become such a popular and iconic pop culture personage that he’s used in countless ad campaigns, for anything from skateboards and concerts to beer, not to mention countless books and films.  What do we really know about the Sasquatch? And what do Indigenous people know?  This documentary digs deep into the Indigenous experience to uncover surprising little-known sightings and spiritual messages that change everything we know about the Sasquatch.

Having been a part of Native culture since the beginning of man in North America, the Sasquatch is seen by most tribes as an ‘almost human’ ‘guardian of nature’--a creature about whom they have told stories for centuries.   Pictographs, artwork, and legends peel back a perspective that highlights a creature who, far from being scary, is critical to our relationship with nature.

Native people generally regard this mystical beast with great respect.  Because of his close relationship with humans, he is seen as a special kind of being. Some elders regard him as standing on the "border" between animal consciousness and human consciousness, which gives him a special kind of power.  Native peoples regard this beast in a radically different light than western cultures, and have intimate and personal stories that demonstrate his human-like qualities.  Having known the Sasquatch for thousands of years, Indigenous peoples have developed a strong relationship with this creature and collected an arsenal of characteristics that are surprisingly different than those cited by western cultures.  A rich oral tradition that runs in tandem with a pictorial history and artwork tells a story spanning thousands of years.   Are the oral traditions and artwork proof of this mythical creature? 

The Sasquatch also derives from the legends of giants and tree men. They would often steal food and could be dangerous, but, like most human-like figures, could be appeased. Tribes from the northwest tend to see Bigfoot as a “real physical being who eats, sleeps, poops, and cares for his family members”, while further south, nations like the Hopi, The Sioux, the Iroquois, and the Northern Athabascan see him more as a kind of supernatural or spirit being, whose appearance to humans is always meant to convey some kind of message.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Lowd Television Production Inc.


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