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Native America Calling: Finding Sasquatch
Monday, May 27, 2024

Finding Sasquatch
Sasquatch, also called Bigfoot, has captured the popular collective imagination around the globe for decades.

But in addition to their pop icon status, Sasquatch have a deeper meaning for many Native American cultures. The name that’s often used most likely comes from the Coast Salish word “Sasq’ets.” The Sts’ailes First Nation in Canada consider Sasquatch to be a caretaker of the land.

A new exhibition at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, showcases work by Native artists inspired by Sasquatch. Get a peek at the exhibition along with some context of the enduring cultural connection.

Sasquatch Mask
A Sasquatch mask by Rocky LaRock. Photo courtesy High Desert Museum

Guests on Native America Calling
Frank Buffalo Hyde (Onondaga Nation, Beaver Clan, and Nez Perce), painter, mix media sculptor, and art writer

HollyAnna CougarTracks DeCoteau Little Bull
(Yakama, Nez Perce, Cayuse, and Cree), artist

Rocky LaRock (Sts’ailes Coast Salish)

Frank Buffalo Hyde
A Sasquatch study by Frank Buffalo Hyde. Photo courtesy High Desert Museum
HollyAnna CougarTracks DeCoteau Littlebull
HollyAnna CougarTracks DeCoteau Littlebull and her Bigfoot sculpture. Photo courtesy High Desert Museum

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