Cannibal Giant of western Canada. Etymology: Bella Coola (Salishan) word. Variant name: Sniniq.
Physical description: Covered with long hair. Long arms. Sharp claws. Short hind legs.
Behavior: Antisocial. Upright gait. Sometimes described as a cannibal woman.
Distribution: Bella Coola Inlet, British Columbia.
Significant sighting: its face is represented on Native American masks.
Sources: Thomas F. Mcllwraith, The Bella Coola Indians (Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 1948), vol. 2; Joseph H. Wherry, Indian Masks and Myths ofthe West (New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1969), pp. 121-123; 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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