Koosh TaaKaa

Cannibal Giant of Alaska and northwestern Canada.

Etymology: Haida-Tlingit (Na-Dené), "landotter man."

Physical description: Covered with long hair except for the face.

Behavior: Tries to steal the souls of people who are drowned or lost in the woods.

Distribution: British Columbia, Canada; Alaska.

Sources: John R. Swanton, "Tlingit Myths and Texts," Bulletin of the Bureau of American Ethnology 39 (1909): 86; Frederica de Laguna, "Under Mount Saint Elias: The History and Culture of the Yakutat Tlingit," Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology 7 (1972): 744-749, 766; Grant R. Keddie, "On Creating Un-Humans," in Vladimir Markotic and Grover Krantz, eds., The Sasquatch and Other Unknown Hominoids (Calgary, Alta., Canada: Western Publishers, 1984), pp. 22-29.

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