Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, is ancient history in the Appalachian Mountains. Throughout Appalachia, Native American tribes including the Cherokee, Delaware, Iroquois, Mingo, Seneca, and Shawnee long ago, in variations, named the man-like being who lived alongside them.
The Cherokee in the southern Appalachians named The Stone Man “Nun’yunu’wi. To the north, the Onondagas of the Iroquois nation called the being, “Ot—ne—yar—hed” or The Stonish Giant. Other tribes said the being was, “He who is dressed in stone.” To all Appalachian tribes, The Stone Man had a reputation for three things. He possessed magical powers. He was a trickster who enjoyed “playing” with humans. And, as with many “Big Man” legends in tribes across the continent, The Stone Man was a cannibal, a monster.
To confirm Stone Man as a cannibal is problematic. However, he seems to have served the useful purpose of being the Appalachian “boogey” man for Native American parents of small children. He was the monster who, if they wandered far, might seize them and carry them away to his rocky lair.
For an excellent treatment of Native American legends, go to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (www.bfro.net) and on the opening page click “Pre-Columbian and Early American Legends of Bigfoot-like beings.”
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