Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 7th, 2007
On this date, September 7th, in 1974, a calf was found mutilated in Pierce County, Nebraska. The blood had been drained from the animal and the sexual organs removed.
The day before, on September 6, 1974, near Jefferson, South Dakota, Jim Douglas saw a very tall, sandy Bigfoot dragging a red furry object through an alfalfa field. The Bigfoot stood and watched Douglas.
Three years later, during mid-September 1977, near Little Eagle, South Dakota, Chris Howiatow and others said a “big ape” watched them from a hillside as they checked cattle. The Bigfoot then ran into the brush as the men approached.
This Little Eagle encounter was near the beginning of three full months of Taku-He (the local name for Sasquatch) sightings, at least 25 in total, in that area of South Dakota, and elsewhere on the Standing Rock Reservation.
Little Eagle, in Corson County, South Dakota, was a community of about 300 people in 1977, with 99% of the population being Native Americans. The entire county lies within the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which is the home of Dakota and Lakota people.
The Taku-He sightings were typically lowkey, such as the two by Phoebe Little Dog who saw a Bigfoot in a cattle pasture on October 6th and then again in the same one on October 13th, 1977, north of Little Eagle. The Taku-He encounters were reported by many locals, including several by police officers Verdell Veo, Bobby Gates, Selvin Arlen and others. The Bigfoot events at Little Eagle continued until the 5th of December 1977.
The Little Eagle “flap” was covered extensively in the media, with articles about the incidents appearing in the national news magazines, Time and Newsweek, for example. This year is the 30th anniversary of these events.
Meanwhile, in North Dakota, in mid-September 1977, near Cannonball River, Paul Monzelowsky and his son chased a 8-9-ft Bigfoot, using their pickup truck. The Bigfoot ran “as fast as a horse” and leapt across a creek.
Sources: Richard Hall, Zetetic Scholar, p. 49, case 6. Janet and Colin Bord, “Chronological List of Bigfoot Sightings (1818-1980)” in The Bigfoot Casebook Updated. Mark A. Hall, “Contemporary Stories of ‘Taku-He’ or ‘Bigfoot ‘ in South Dakota as Drawn from Newspaper Accounts,” The Minnesota Archaeologist 37(2): 63-78 (May 1978).
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