Each article in this “Classic Creatures” series will define the classic creature or character, give you examples of it and provide resources and information about it right here in Long Beach.
What are sasquatch and yeti?
Both the sasquatch, also know as Bigfoot, and yeti, also known as the abominable snow man, are large, hairy human- or ape-like creatures of folklore and legend.
Sasquatch call the forests of the Pacific Northwest home. Although most traditional scientists discount its existence, there are many believers that it is an as yet unidentified and real creature. The word “sasquatch” is an anglicized derivative of the Halkomelem word sásq’ets. The Halkomelem are the indigenous people of Vancouver Island and British Columbia in Canada.
Reports of Bigfoot usually describe it as being a large, hairy, ape-like creature ranging from 6 to 10 feet tall and covered in dark brown or dark reddish hair.
Yeti live in the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. In addition to “abominable snowman,” it is also called Meh-Teh.
Both creatures are studied by cryptozoologists, researchers to study animals whose existence has not yet been proven. Other cryptids include the Loch Ness Monster, chupacabra and modern-day pterodactyls.
Examples of sasquatch and yeti
Sasquatch is a popular creature of film and television. The Six Million Dollar Man, Steve Austin, encountered one. The 1987 film Harry and the Hendersons featured a friendly Bigfoot that innocently causes chaos when he goes home with a family from Seattle. For a more complete list of Bigfoot in film and television, visit www.stevemandich.com/otherstuff/bigfootonfilm.htm.
Yeti also have a long cinematic history. A long time favorite of many children is the Abominable Snowman from the Ranklin Bass animated special, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. The third movie in the Brendan Fraser series of “Mummy” films featured a tribe of nasty, attacking yeti. And, who can forget the Yeti’s cameo in Monsters Inc.?
Long Beach sasquatch and yeti
Because Long Beach isn’t near any forests nor even close to the Himalayas, it doesn’t boast any sightings of these larger-than-life hairy apes. However, Long Beach does have a pet store called Mr. Yeti’s Pet Supplies, which features organic, holistic and grain free pet food. And, Cliff Barackman, a well-known Bigfoot researcher was born in Long Beach.
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