Bigfoot: Living in Harmony with the American Indians

It’s a sad commentary about us humans that we view animals as something to be packaged, shrink wrapped and grilled in preparation to watch the Superbowl. Don’t get me wrong. I’m the first to dive headlong into a New York strip, dripping with all those tasty animal juices. But it seems that somewhere along the road, we have lost our once strong respect for animal life.

The golden thread that connects man to beast still exists in the hearts of our American Indian cousins. In many instances, the American Indians refer to animals not as inferior creatures, but brothers or elders, from whom we can learn lessons about life and nature.

The closer an animal seems to resemble humans in form and intelligence, the tighter the bond between the American Indian and that creature seems to be. Many American Indian elders refuse to eat bear meat because of the near human attributes bears seem to possess.

When it comes to believing in bigfoot, there seems to be no obstacles for our American Indian counterparts. Living so closely to nature and understanding the rhythms and tides of the land have put the American Indian in proximity with Bigfoot many times. The Lakota tribe refers to Bigfoot as Chiye-tanka, which translates to great, elder brother. It seems that with such an intimate moniker, the Lakota might know something we don’t about the gentleness and intelligence exuded by these creatures.

It was Ray Owen, the son of a Dakota spiritual leader who told a reporter from the Red Wing (Minnesota) Republican Eagle that, “They exist in another dimension from us, but can appear in this dimension whenever they have reason to. See, it’s like there are many levels, many dimensions. When our time in this one is finished, we move on to the next, but the Big Man (Bigfoot) can go between. The Big Man comes from God. He’s our big brother, kind of looks out for us. Two years ago, we were going downhill, really self-destructive. We needed a sign to put us back on track, and that’s why the Big Man appeared.”

Perhaps we can all learn from the sanctity of the American Indians about our Big Brother. In a world where we are so quick to run into the woods with crypto zoological equipment and even firearms to trap the beast we refer to as Sasquatch, it’s easy to forget the spiritual nature of this gentle beast.

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