In creating our legendary coffee blends, we naturally think about Bigfoot, the ultimate legend of the Pacific Northwest. This shy giant is rarely seen, but he has appeared in many campfire stories and tall tales.
This also got us thinking about the various hairy wild men around the world. This is our brief field guide to identifying mythical beasts.
Brew up your favorite Majestic Blends coffee and pull up a chair... and let's dive into the legendary stories.
The indigenous First Nations people in the Pacific Northwest likely coined the term for the “hairy wild man.” The Fraser Valley and around Vancouver Island, British Columbia, have had the most Sasquatch sightings. British explorer David Thompson is said to have found some of the first “bigfoot” footprints in 1811. Sasquatch is described as an ape-man who stands anywhere from 6 to 15 feet in height, has a foul smell, and makes a high-pitched cry.
The original Pacific Northwest wild man has been spotted in the Cascade mountain range as well as the national forests. The term “bigfoot” was coined in 1958 when a logging bulldozer operator Jerry Crew in Humboldt County, California, came across large footprints in the mud in the Six Rivers National Forest. Bigfoot has been depicted as an ape-like man covered in long, reddish hair standing anywhere between 6 and 9 feet in height.
This arctic creature dates back to the pre-Buddhist civilizations, and it is known for existing in the Himalayas. These cold-weather creatures have also been noted to look more bear-like than ape-like. As the legend goes, some indigenous people in the Himalayas worshiped the “Glacier Man” as a God of the Hunt. The yeti is depicted as an ape-like creature carrying a stone as a weapon and making a whistling, swooshing sound as he moves.
The name was coined in 1921 by Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury during the British Mount Everest reconnaissance expedition. The term may have come from a mishearing and understanding of the term ‘metoh-kangmi’. Metoh translates into “man bear” and kangmi means “snowman.”
There’s still a lot of mystery around these rarely-seen ape-men. Some people speculate that they could be a remnant of the Neanderthals. Most scientists don’t recognize any of these creatures’ existence. And that’s why they remain in stories as mysterious legends.