Bigfoot or Big Story?

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on October 13th, 2007

Robert Olson Minnesota Bigfoot

Robert Olson of Deer River holds a plaster casting that he made from what he says are footprints of Bigfoot beings in Northeastern Minnesota. (Lee Bloomquist / News Tribune)

Bigfoot or big story?

DEER RIVER — Robert Olson said he and others have discovered plenty of large footprints in Northeastern Minnesota’s forests.

Footprints of Bigfoot.

“For every sighting we have heard about, there’s probably 10 more that we don’t hear about,” said Olson, who will speak Monday about Northeastern Minnesota Bigfoot sightings at Lady Ocalat’s Emporium in downtown Duluth, a shop that sells “eclectic and magical” items.

“One of the ideas is that these creatures are moving east away from what could be a cataclysmic disaster,” Olson said.

Olson is one of a handful of Northeastern Minnesota Bigfoot researchers who say they’ve seen signs — or received reports — of Bigfoot “beings,” also known as Sasquatch, across Northeastern Minnesota.

Within the last two years, there have been about 20 documented sightings across Northeastern Minnesota, Olson said.

The creatures have been described as having human-like faces with cone-shaped heads, hairy, stooped, with long arms and palms that face backward.

“And they can run,” said Olson. “There’s probably no animal in Minnesota that could catch them.”

Many of the reported sightings have been in rural areas surrounding Leech Lake, some in the day and some at night. However, sightings also have been reported in other areas.

“We’ve had actual sightings near Bovey, Nett Lake and around here,” said Donald Sherman, a facilities manager at Cass Lake Hospital and a member of the Leech Lake Ojibwe band. He documents Bigfoot sightings and stories in the region. “They have like a human footprint, but the prints are extremely large. We have photographs where they have made shelters, where there’s animal bones lying around the shelters.”

Stories of Bigfoot — a large brown, hairy human-like being that roams forests — go back hundreds of years in Indian beliefs, Sherman said.

In Ojibwe, the word for a Bigfoot-like creature is “bugwayjinini,” meaning “wild man,” said Sherman.

Indians believe that Bigfoot beings were sent by the creator long ago to guide and care for Indian people and give warnings, particularly of impending sickness, said Sherman.

“It’s how we learn medicine,” Sherman said. “Bigfoot teaches us medicine through our medicine man.”

Sherman believes 300 to 400 — perhaps even 500 — Bigfoot exist in Minnesota.

“A man was hunting during the day in Nett Lake [about 20 years ago] and thought he saw a bear,” said Sherman. “He put his 30.06 scope on it, but then it stood up on two legs. It looked like a human and he couldn’t shoot it. Then, it just took off.”

In 2005, a woman reported seeing a Bigfoot near Bena, Sherman said.

“She was driving her car and saw it walking near some railroad tracks,” Sherman said. “She said it looked right at her and she started crying. She said it looked into her soul.”

In 2006, a woman driving at night reported a sighting near Ball Club.

“She had come from the Deer River Casino and a small one came out, saw her and went back into the swamp,” Sherman said. “Nobody knows if they’re human or animal. Some Native Americans say they can change themselves and go into a different dimension and disappear right in front of you. … There’s a lot more people seeing them in the last two years, or else more people are starting to come out of the woods who are willing to talk about what they’ve seen.”

There’s never been any evidence to support believers’ claims, said Keith Matson of Deer River, a retired U.S. Forest Service inventory technician who worked in Northeastern Minnesota forests for 28 years and knows Olson.

“I have had contact with a lot of professionals who work in the forest and they have never seen signs,” Matson said. “Unfortunately, [Bigfoot] tracks are easy to fake. I’m not doubting their sincerity, but did they really see Bigfoot or did they see a bear or a moose, or is it a repressed dream?”

Jody Hansen of Keewatin said he’s been researching the existence of Bigfoot in Northeastern Minnesota since June.

This summer, Hansen said he found a footprint 17 inches long, 5 inches across the heel and 8 inches across the toes in an anthill near Carey Lake east of Hibbing. He said he also has found piles of branches and stick figures created by Bigfoot for communication. Hansen and Olsen said Bigfoot also communicate by knocking on trees.

Sherman says he and other Bigfoot researchers know there will always be doubters.

“There’s always skeptics,” Sherman said. “But it’s like bears — there are a lot of them around but not too many people have seen them. It’s like people who don’t believe in God.”Lee Bloomquist
Duluth News Tribune

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

8 Responses to “Bigfoot or Big Story?”

  1. sschaper responds:

    Well, Up Nort’ and the Arrowhead are some of the most wild areas in the Lower 48.

    That professional woodsmen don’t see them is a negative.

    A -lot- of people go up there in the summer to get away from it all.

    The shelters and stick figures are interesting, as are the bones left near the shelters. I don’t recall hearing that about the PNW critter.

    The Minnesota Iceman is supposed to have come from up that way, and it was rather different than the PNW reports. I’m thinking about Loren’s theory of two different Napes. But if these sightings are valid, then are there three different kinds? Or are the shelters and stick figures from hobos and children?

  2. darkshines responds:

    Fantastic article, REALLY could have done without the last sentence.

  3. Ceroill responds:

    Interesting. Thanks for posting this, Craig. I look forward to updates.

  4. bill green responds:

    hey craig & everyone great new article about minnesota sasquatch activity. good afternoon bill 🙂

  5. kidquid responds:

    “One of the ideas is that these creatures are moving east away from what could be a cataclysmic disaster,” Olson said.

    Wonder what that theory is all about? Anyone have a guess?

  6. cabochris responds:

    Great publicity for Lady Ocalat’s Emporium!

  7. jules responds:

    I suppose that the impending disaster could be the coming “super-volcano” of Yellowstone. Kind of like rats running from a sinking ship?

  8. Late Night Visitor responds:

    I’m from MN, and I can say that there are some really really remote huge areas like within the article above that have minimal populations. Sure, a lot here in the big city suburbs that have a family cabin, and “head up north” for the weekend, but that would usually be about 2.5 hours away from the twin cities. This is 4+ hrs or so. I wouldn’t doubt it for a second that this primo large area could host these creatures. As far as the article goes, I like it, I’m just not comfortable with some parts of it, taking it too far with like estimating populations which is rather ridiculous to guess.

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