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Old 10-21-2015, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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The Native American tribe I belong to, Modoc, have stories and legends that go back 1000's years as to the Sasquatch, however, the name the Modoc call them is Mahtah Kagmi (the old one of the mountain). One legend tells of how the Modoc first came into contact with them just after Mt. Mazama erupted and drove some of them off the mountain.
I too would like to hear more if you would.
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Old 10-22-2015, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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The Native American tribe I belong to, Modoc, have stories and legends that go back 1000's years as to the Sasquatch, however, the name the Modoc call them is Mahtah Kagmi (the old one of the mountain). One legend tells of how the Modoc first came into contact with them just after Mt. Mazama erupted and drove some of them off the mountain.
You might be interested in the very ancient Basque myths surrounding the Basajaun, the "old man of the woods", and the jentilak (or "gentiles"), described as "hairy hominids" who engage in stone throwing:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basajaun
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jentil

Regarding the Basajuan, he's understood in spiritual terms as a protector of flocks: "He is a spirit who lives in the deepest forest, of which he is the lord. He is tall, has a human form, has long hair on his head and is covered with bodily hair; according to some, one of his feet is rounded. He is the protecting spirit of flocks. The sheep proclaim his presence by simultaneously shaking their bells. The shepherd can then sleep easy, as the wolf will not be attacking them that night." (from a talk by Xavier Goni)

The jentilak seem to have been understood in more earthly terms as large hairy giants who engage in rock-throwing, an interesting behavior given what's been reported for sasquatch. They taught humans metallurgy and agriculture, and went away or killed themselves in Basque myth with the advent of Christianity.
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Old 10-23-2015, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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I too would like to hear more if you would.
The Modoc described these Mahtah Kagmi (Sasquatch) as being between 8 and 10 feet tall and covered with hair, they are benign creatures and very shy. It was said that they were created by the Good Spirit Chief gmok'am'c, created to protect the mountains. There are stories of these creatures helping the Modoc and Klamath Indians during hard winter months by providing them with fire wood, roots and other materials needed to survive the cold winter months. Although they were hardly seen by the Modoc's they would find piles of wood and roots just beyond the village borders. There are also stories of these creatures helping injured Modoc hunters. One story that is told of a hunter who was injured with a broken leg, he was carried back to his village and placed just outside the village border, his leg was wrapped and treated with a moss.
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Old 10-23-2015, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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Thanks, Terryj. That's fascinating.
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