Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 25th, 2012

This is the Manitou mask of the Dynamic Design Intl. company.

Just as Skookum is another name for Bigfoot/Sasquatch, so too appears to be manitou.

For more on the locations of sites named after manitou, and details on the Manitou name game, see here.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

One Response to “Manitou”

  1. Fhqwhgads responds:

    “Just as Skookum is another name for Bigfoot/Sasquatch, so too appears to be manitou.”

    That statement is too strong. It may be that if an American Indian saw a Bigfoot, he would consider it *a* spirit, or *a* manitou, just as a white explorer might think of it as *a* devil. The white man’s idea of a devil, let alone *the* devil, though, is loaded with many characteristics not to be found in a mere bipedal ape. The white man would not imagine that Bigfoot was tempting him to drink to much, or gamble his money away, or spend his money in the brothel, though he may think that the Devil might appear in some frightening form like a Bigfoot. Similarly, it is clear from their stories that the American Indians did not consider the Great Spirit to be like a Bigfoot.

    You could actually make a better case by noting that the Indians living around Mount Shasta believed that they (and all other humans) descended from the fairest daughter of the Great Spirit and a grizzly bear. In reaction to this, the Great Spririt “bade them hold their tongues, get down on their hands and knees, and so remain till he returned…. So the grizzlies could not rise up any more, or use their clubs, but have ever since had to go on all-fours, much like other beasts, except when they have to fight for their lives, when the Great Spirit permits them to stand up and fight with their fists like men.”

    OK, a grizzly is a grizzly, but something like a grizzly that does not go on all fours and can use a club, but is not really a man — does that sound like it might be something else? It probably means nothing, really, but it is interesting.

    Of course, the ancient aliens crowd would say this is evidence of how an exterrestrial race (the Great Spirit) gave some of its DNA to a primordial race of Bigfoot-like creatures to create the human race. That’s complete nonsense as far as science goes, but an OK premise for a science fiction movie.

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