• North American ancient Rock Art depicting a Sasquatch creature. (NITV)
Like our Yowies, Bunyips and other cultural folklore, Canada's Sasquatch, or 'Big Foot', has sacred significance to its First Peoples.
By
Kate L. Munro

14 May 2019 - 12:08 PM  UPDATED 17 May 2019 - 3:19 PM

They are tall, two-legged, completely covered in hair and it would seem they operate and act directly and entirely from the heart consciousness. For decades in Western popular culture they have been referred to as ‘Big Foot’, however, First Nations people of America and Canada refer to them as ‘Sasquatch’ or ‘Sasquatch’n’ and have an authentic and deep respect for them.

First Nations people of differing clans and tribes across North America and Canada have co-existed for hundreds, if not, thousands of years with the Sasquatch’n and have revered them as a divine all-knowing creature. But are they real or a myth?

For the first time in film history, a vital and ground-breaking documentary by two Haida (native Canadian and Alaskan) filmmakers Tamara Bell and Kerr Moraes-Sugiyama delve deep into the world of First Nations people and their ‘secrets’ relating to the Sasquatch’n.

The documentary looks at the factual narrative of this creature from the divine and fearless perspectives of Native American societies, particularly the Elders of these societies. To them, the Sasquatch are the ‘guardians of the forest,’ part human and part animal with an understanding of the consciousness of both.

Simply titled Sasquatch’n, the 2016 documentary premiered at the Red Nation film festival in California takes the viewer on a comprehensive journey of the Sasquatch and its connection to humans through the First Nations peoples of North America and beyond.

Essentially, the film reveals ‘secret Indigenous’ knowledges about the Sasquatch, with supporting interviews with Elders and others of the Navajo and Blackfoot nations as well as several other Californian-based tribes.

“It’s been eerie to discover just how consistent and cohesive the story is from one nation to another. In fact, we learned that the Sasquatch is linked to prophecies that foretell the end of the world (as we know it),” Moraes-Sugiyama said in a statement.

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“What we’re bringing to audiences in this film is a look at a creature that we really didn’t know anything about, and it’s notable that we relied on Indigenous wisdom to help us find the way.”

The documentary begins in Alert Bay, Canada which has been dubbed the ‘new epicentre of Sasquatch sightings’. According to the Elders, these beings have a message for humanity and it’s both prolific and profound regarding an ‘end of time’ prophecy.

Alroy Baker, a cultural leader interviewed in the film speaks of the fact that the Sasquatch have been part of their traditional culture since the ‘beginning of time’, and refers to the fact that non-Indigenous people of this earth ‘haven’t been in mother nature as long as Indigenous people’. Therefore don’t have the same connection or reverence for Sasquatch.

“We interviewed people who primarily had deep historical knowledge that had been unfettered by colonisation,” producer Tamara Bell told Windspeaker.com

“And the message Elders have been holding on to is (that) the more we hunt for Sasquatch the closer we get to the end of time.”

The Elders and other tribe/clan members throughout North America and Canada believe the Sasquatch have divine powers; ‘higher powers and a higher spirit’ than humans.

“In the native world, what we find is the Sasquatch is the guardian of the forest, and when it comes across areas that are clear cut Sasquatch become confused…Some of the old songs describe (them) as coming to a clear cut area and being saddened.”

 

Watch the investigative documentary about the Sasquatch legend. Sasquatch'n is available on SBS On Demand