Bigfoot - Sasquatch - American's Great Ape -
CANADIAN HEROES IN FACT AND FICTION - Heroes of Lore and Yore - epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/200/301/nlc-bnc/heroes_lore_yore_can_hero-ef/1998/esasq.htm
Human-like monsters were a part of native folklore long before being adopted by Anglo-Canadian settlers. The name "Sasquatch" itself likely derives from "sesqec", a Coast Salish1 word which translates roughly as "wild man of the woods". Stories of these enormous humanoid creatures figured most prominently in western Canada, where local lore reflected a fearful relationship with an untamed land. With more than 300 eye-witness reports in Canada and the United States, Sasquatch continues to fascinate.
1The language of a Northwest Coast Indian tribe who lived near present-day Seattle, Washington.