Cannibal Giant of western North America.
Etymology: Southern Puget Sound Salish and Twana (Salishan), "spirit who haunts fishing places," "one who runs and hides," or "giant."
Variant names: Kauget, Salatik, Seatco (Lushootseed/Salishan), See-ah-tik (Upper Chehalis/Salishan), Seeahtkch, Seeahtlk (Clal-lam/Salishan), Sehlatik.
Physical description: Height, 7-8 feet. Covered with hair. Legs are unbendable. Spikes on its toes.
Behavior: Nocturnal. Whistles like a bird. Has a keen sense of smell. Steals food. Can kill game animals by hypnotizing them. Abducts women and children. May cause people to go unconscious or make them crazy. Said to play tricks on people. Sometimes said to wear a loincloth.
Distribution: Coast and Cascade Ranges, Washington and Oregon; British Columbia, Canada.
Sources: George Gibbs, "Tribes of Western Washington and Northwestern Oregon," Contributions to North American Ethnology 1 (1877): 305; Marian W. Smith, "The Puyallup-Nisqually," Columbia University Contributions to Anthropology 32 (1940): 129-130; William W. Elmendorf, "The Structure of Twana Culture," Research Studies, Washington State University, Monographic Supplement, no. 2 (1960): 532-534; Thom Hess, Dictionary of Puget Salish (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1976); Wayne Suttles, "On the Cultural Track of the Sasquatch," in Roderick Sprague and Grover S. Krantz, eds., The Scientist Looks at the Sasquatch, 2d ed. (Moscow: University of Idaho Press, 1979), pp. 39-76; Robert Michael Pyle, Where Bigfoot Walks (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995), pp. 131-134.
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