The Spokane Indians, 1975
Indians had a Sasquatch too. . .
Those who think the stories about a huge hairy mystery giant called a Sasquatch are of a recent origin, should talk with Wenatchee Valley College Historian, John Brown.
Brown has found evidence that the search for such a legendary creature was underway in the Northwest by the time the earliest white men arrived in the region. While researching material for a book he co-authored with Dr. Robert Ruby - - "The Spokane Indians, Children of the Sun" - - he came across a passage that must relate to what is now called a Sasquatch.
The reference was
in a letter written by the Rev. Elkanah Walker from Fort Colville in 1840.
With his wife, Mary, Elkanah Walker was a missionary to the Spokanes.
In a letter to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions,
"They frequently come in the night, steal their salmon from the nets, and eat them raw. If the people are away they always know when they are coming very near by their strong smell, which most intolerable. It is not uncommon for them to come in the night and give three whistles. Then the stones will begin to hit the houses. The people are troubled with their nocturnal visits."
Brown says he has known about many Spokane Indian legends about monster but they have been of the Paul Bunyan type that carves out valleys, etc. The ogre referred to in the letter is not really a monster, just a little bigger than man and he had no idea what "mountain to the west is referred to... the one that always is snow topped. Perhaps it was Mt. Rainier.
The Spokanes also believed in a race of little people, Brown says. Even if the stories about the little people and the giants aren't true, the Indians believed they were, he says.
Many people today
believe just as fervently in the existence of a hairy, manlike object
that sometimes is glimpsed but never really seen. Plaster casts of prints
supposedly from the feet of such a creature have been exhibited.
Myth or fact -- no
one knows. But at any rate, John Brown's research indicates that reports
of such a Big Foot are nothing new.
September 22, 1975
The lake is extremely
remote not far from Valhalla. To get to this lake go over Stevens pass
to Smithbrooks Road. About 2 miles you will see a sharp bend in road.
If you look up you will see where cars are parked for the hike to Valhalla.
Park at the bend in road. Walking west about 50 yards you will see where
you need to cross the creek. Follow the fisherman's trail up the hill.
Take care, as the trail is very steep. As you keep climbing the trail
starts going to the right- stay left and go straight up about 30 yards
and presto your there. Follow the left side of lake to other end where
the creek enters. It takes about 1 hour-30 minutes going up and 45 minutes
down. If you are going to fish as well as hunt sasquatches, red salmon
eggs work well here, as do flies. Watch for the mountain goats on the
rocks, they sometimes get a rock slide going which one might mistake for
Sasquatch rock throwing! The fishing is always excellent, better than
the Sasquatch hunting and the area is always secluded, pristine and very