The Cowichan People gave him the name “Thumquas”
Are they real, or are they myth? A Seven to Nine foot tall man ape has been sighted in North America for centuries. The mysterious ape-like creature; also known as Bigfoot, is said to inhabit remote regions of the Pacific Northwest.
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While most Canadians consider the Sasquatch a mythical creature, for the Cowichan People they are very real. Before the European invasion, Native Americans knew of the creature and gave him the name Sasquatch, which means “hairy giant.” The Cowichan People gave him the name Thumquas.
Whoa. I feel so bad because I just assumed Big Foot in northwest America was a European idea. Probably because I only hear about Big Foot in a eurocentric sense but still. This is way cool.