Native American Names for Bigfoot

Under World

Wild man, Giants (the so-called "giants" (nephilim) of the Bible(?), Monsters, Bad Luck, Disaster, Wood Men, Big God, Trickster, Cannibal, and other names are depicted by Native American tribes from all over.  Are these creatures really evil?  Are our feelings about them based on evidence, or on our own fears of the unknown?  Something to think about...

Middle Urth

Taking into account the many names given to Bigfoot over the years by many tribes of Native American Indians, it is hard to not see some similarities and perhaps equate a "common denominator" that's at the very least, EVIDENCE that these creatures exist, and to what their very nature is like.  Perhaps they are as afraid of us as we are of them...

Upper World

Perhaps it is like the trickster theory, and that these beings cross boundaries between worlds, not only as beings which are not ape, nor mankind, but kind of both, but also because they are seen around areas of UFO activity, or other paranormal activities.  Perhaps they are a signal to us that there is more to our world(s) than what we previously thought or considered.

I cannot verify the accuracy of these names, however, these are the most comprehensive name sets that I've found so far.  Enjoy!


Native American Sasquatch Names


List provided by
name removed by request), Henry Franzoni, & Jeff Glickman

Yi' dyi'tay Nehalem/Tillamook Indian "Wild Man"
Sasahevas Halkomelem Language
Salish Indian
"Wild Man of the Woods"
Xi'lgo Nehalem/Tillamook Indian "Wild Woman"
Sc'wen'ey'ti Spokane Indian "Tall Burnt Hair""
Skanicum Colville Indians "Stick Indians"
Choanito Wenatchee Indian "Night People"
Ste ye mah Yakama Indian "Spirit hidden by woods"
Seatco Yakama/Klickitat/Puyallup "Stick Indian"
Seat ka Yakama Indian Not Available
See'atco Coast Salish Indian "One who runs and hides"
Tsiatko Puyallup/Nisqually Indian "Wild Indians"
Steta'l Puyallup/Nisqually Indian "Spirt Spear"
Seeahtkch Clallam Indian Not Available
Qui yihahs Yakama/Klickitat Indian "The Five Brothers"
Skookum Chinook Indian "Evil God of the Woods"
At'at'ahila Chinookan Indian Not Available
Omah Yurok Indian Not Available
Oh Mah Hoopa Indian "Boss of the Woods"
Bukwas Kwakwaka'wakw Indian "Wildman of the Woods"
Tsonaqua Kwakwaka'wakw Indian "Wild Woman of the Woods"
Tah tah kle' ah Yakama/Shasta Indian "Owl Woman Monster"
Sne nah Okanogan Indian "Owl Woman"
Rugaru Turtle Mt Ojibway Not Available
Qah lin me Yakama/Klickitat Indian Not Available
Windago Eastern Athabascan Indian "Wicked Cannibal"
Wetiko Cree Indian Not Available
Chiye tanka Lakota (West)/Sioux Indian "Big Elder Brother"
Chiha tanka Dakota (East)/Sioux Indian "Big Elder Brother"
Matlose Nootka Indian Not Available
Neginla eh Alutiiq/Yukon Indian "Wood Man"
Nantiinaq Kenai Peninsula Indian Not Available
Nant'ina Dena'ina Indian Not Available
Urayuli SW Alaskan Eskimo Not Available
Get'qun Lake Lliamna Indian Not Available
Kushtaka Tlingit Indian "Otter Man"
A hoo la huk Yup'ik Indian Not Available
Gilyuk Nelchina Plateau Indian "Big Man with little hat"
lariyin Hare Indian "Bushman"
So'yoko Hopi Indian Not Available
Ot ne yar heh Iroquois Indian "Stonish Giant"
Ge no sqwa Iroquois/Seneca Indian "Stone Giants"
Ge no'sgwa Seneca Indian "Stone Coats"
Miitiipi Kawaiisu Indian "Bad luck or disaster"
Yahyahaas Modoc Indian Not Available
Tso apittse Shoshone Indian "Cannibal Giant"
Toylona Taos Indian "Big Person"
Atahsaia Zuni Indian "The Cannibal Demon"
Boqs Bella Coola Indian "Bush Man"
Goo tee khl Chilkat Indian Not Available
Loo poo oi'yes Miwuk Indian Not Available
Kala'litabiqw Skagit Valley Indian Not Available
Madukarahat Karok Indian "Giant"
Nun Yunu Wi Cherokee Indian "The Stone Man"
Kecleh-Kudleh Cherokee Indian "Hairy Savage"
Esti Capcaki Seminole Indian "Tall Man"
Mesingw Lenni Lenape Indian "The Mask Being"
Misinghalikun Lenni Lenape Indian "Living Solid Face"
Wsinkhoalican Lenni Lenape Indian "The Game Keeper"
Saskets Salishan/Sahaptin Indian "The Giant"
Not Available Coeur d'Alene/Spokane Indian "The Tree Men"
Not Available Oglala Lakota Sioux Indian "The Big Man"
Yayaya-ash Klamath Indian "The Frightener"
Manabai'wok Menomini Indian "The Giants"
Nu'numic Owens Valley Paiute "The Giant"
Tse'nahaha Mono Lake Paiute "Giant"
Gogit Haida Indians "Not Available"
Tsadjatko Quinault Indians "Giants"
Hecaitomixw Quinault Indians "Dangerous Being"
Skukum Quinault Indians "Devil of the Forest"
Not Available Twana Indians "Stick Indians"
Slalakums Upper Stalo Indians "The Unknown"
Na'in Gwich'in Indians "Brushman"
El-Ish-kas Makah Indians "Not Available"
"Not Available" Tshimshian Indians "Cannibal"
Iktomi Plains Indians "The Trickster "
Yť'iitsoh Navajo Indians "Big God "




Native American legends are rich in Bigfoot content . Why wouldn't they be ? There can't be any creature walking this Earth that the Native Americans hadn't encountered at least once in a while . Think about it , these people lived as one with the Earth 24/7 365 days a year . Even the most "outdoorsy" of we "civilized" people can only claim a few weeks (or days or hours in most cases) a year of really being in the bush . Below are some of the names that Native Americans had for Bigfoot .

Bukwas - Kwakwaka'wakw Indian
Tsonaqua - Kwakwaka'wakw Indian
Tornit - Inuit Indian
Nun Yunu Wi - Cherokee Indian
Kecleh-kudleh - Cherokee Indian
Gougou - Micmac Indian
Kokotshe - Tete-de-Boule Indian
Witiko - Tete-de-Boule Indian
Atshen - Tete-de-Boule Indian
Misinghalikun - Lenni Lenape Indian
Wsinkhoalican - Lenni Lenape Indian
Nu'numic - Owens Valley Paiute Indian
Tse'nahaha - Mono Lake Paiute Indian
Slalakums - Upper Stalo Indian
Iktomi - Plains Indian
Kashehotapalo - Choctaw Indian
Nalusa Falaya - Choctaw Indian
Windago - Athabascan Indian
Wetiko - Cree Indian
Sasquatch - Salish Indian
Choanito - Wenatchee Indian
Tsiatko - Puyallup / Nisqually Indian
Steta'l - Puyallup / Nisqually Indian
Atahsaia - Zuni Indian
Madukarahat - Karok Indian
Chiye tanka - Lakota Sioux Indian
Chiha tanka - Dakota Sioux Indian
Kushtaka - Tlingit Indian
A hoo la hul - Yup'ik Indian
Esti Capcaki - Seminole Indian
Gogit - Haida Indian
Hecaitomixw - Quinault Indian
Skukum - Quinault Indian
Tsadjatko - Quinault Indian
Mesingw - Leni Lenape Indian
Na'in - Gwich'in Indian
Ye'iitsoh - Navajo Indian
Nantiinaq - Kenai Peninsula Indian
Urayuli - SW Alaskan Eskimo
Gilyuk - Nelchina Plateau Indian
So'yoko - Hopi Indian
Miitiipi - Kawaiisu Indian
Tso apittse - Shoshone Indian
Boqs - Bella Coola Indian
Loo poo oi'yes - Miwuk Indian
Yi'dy'tay - Nehalem / Tillamook Indian
Sasahevas - Halkomelem Indian
Sc'wen'ey'ti - Spokane Indian
Seatco - Yakama / Klickitat / Puyallup Indian
Ste ye mah - Yakama Indian
Seat ka - Yakama Indian
Skookum - Chinook Indian
See'atco - Salish Indian
Xi'lgo -Nehalem / Tillamook Indian
Rugaru - Ojibway Indian
Skanicum - Colville Indian
Seeahtkch - Clallam Indian
Omah - Yurok Indian
El-lsh-kas - Makah Indian
Saskets - Salishan / Sahaptin Indian
Manabai'wok - Menomini Indian
Yayaya-ash - Klamath Indian
Matlose - Nootka Indian
Iariyin - Hare Indian
Goo tee khi - Chilkat Indian
Kala'litabiqw - Skagit Indian
Yahyahaas - Modoc Indian
Toylona - Taos Indian
Get'qun - Lake Lliamna Indian
Nant'ina - Dema'ina Indian
Neginla eh - Alutiiq / Yukon Indian
Oh Mah - Hoopa Indian
Sne nah - Okanogan Indian
Qah lin me - Yakama / Klickitat Indian
Ge no'sgwa - Seneca Indian
Ge no sqwa - Iroquois / Seneca Indian
Ot ne yar heh - Iroquois Indian
Tah tah kle' ah - Yakama / Shasta Indian
At'at'ahila - Chinookan Indian
Qui yihahs - Yakama / Klickitat Indian



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