There are a great many unknowns when it comes to the notorious Bigfoot.  Does he exist? That's probably the biggest open question.  Assuming Bigfoot exists, how human is he?  Where does he live and where did he come from?  For centuries, the stories of wild and hairy men in the wilderness have entertain civilizations across the globe.  Bigfoot hunters continue to search for the elusive creature.

While many theories exist about the reason for Bigfoot's isolation, I have to think that the most likely answer has been right under our noses, so to speak, this whole time.

Think about it, being covered in hair has to lead to increased perspiration. Walking through the woods without shoes has to attract bacteria, apply those ingredients on a large warm surface area, and its hello stench-o. I bet Bigfoot's feet are so smelly that just one whiff shocks the brain into delirium.  You'll think that there is no way something can stink that bad, so naturally, your brain will conclude that it made the thing up.  Thus, even if Bigfoot wanted to make himself publicly available, he couldn't, courtesy of stink foot.

Now this is just one theory among many surrounding Bigfoot. He goes by the name Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, and many others.  This article will offer details on the origins and nuances of each legend of Bigfoot. We'll get a good look at his feet, and maybe we'll come up with some ideas to help him out.


Bigfoot is American.  His signature is his tracks. He earned his moniker from a newspaper called the Humboldt Times of Eureka California.  They coined the term after some footprints were discovered at a construction site in Del Monte, California. (See map below)

Since then sightings have spread across most of the United States with the most prominent instances being the Pacific Northwest. 

US Bigfoot Sightings Based on BRFO data

Sasquatch is Canadian.  Sasquatch and Bigfoot might be the same, or they might be close relatives.  Either way, neither one is rumored to have great hygiene. JW Burns was a Canadian journalist in the 1920s. He coined the term from an indigenous Canadian word attributed to the Salish and Halkomelem people.

Skunk Ape, the Fouke Monster, and the Momo Monster. Not helping the reputation of the furry forrest dwellers is their southern cousin, Mayakka, or more commonly "Skunk Ape". The Skunk Ape has less of a history. Maybe because he's the foulest smelling of the bunch?  Take a creature that's already hairy and sweaty and through him in the swampy heat of the Everglades.  Yuck.  The Fouke Monster has a similar reputation, but localized to Arkansas.  The Momo Monster is  resident of the Mississipi around Missouri, also stinky and a troublemaker..

The popularized stories, serial hoaxes, and general fanfare around bigfoot legends, are only recent developments in an ancient mythology. 

Native American Bigfoot Legends: various tribes have had similar legends in their histories.  The legends Pacific Northwest indigenous tribes served as inspiration for Burn's articles. The stories range from region to region, and there are various derivative legends  There are hairy people, hairy dwarves, bear-people, and other mythical creatures that have some commonalities with the traditional notion of Bigfoot. 

I've highlighted a few instances of Bigfoot-like creatures below:

Name Description Tribal Origins
Boqs malevolent Bella Coola, Chinook, Salish
Bush Indians aggressive, people eaters Ahtna, Athabascan
Maxemista large with birdlike feet, shy Cheyenne
Seatco/Night People/Stick People nice or mean depending on story, taboo to mention their names in public Chehalis, Klallam, Puget Sound Salish, Yakama, Lummi
Wood Man immortal, elusive, mischievous Ahtna, Koyukon


The Yeti comes out of the Himalayas. The Abominable Snowman is essentially the same thing as the Yeti. The term "abominable snowman" is actually a mistranslation of the native terms used to describe the creature.  The real translation of"metoh" is closer to "man-bear". Sightings originate from several Everest expeditions and include mysterious footprints among other biological remnants.

Yeti might be an ancestor of Bigfoot if he made it across the Bering straight land bridge.

The Yeti may be the most popular relative of Bigfoot, but is by no means the only one.  Below is  a quick reference to some of the other similar creatures found across the globe.

Name Description Country
Almas red-brown hair Mongolion
Amomongo long nailed ape-man Phillipines
Ban-manush 20 footer Bangladesh
Barmanou woman abductors Pakistan
Batut bare knees, palms, soles of feet Vietnam
Chuchunya six to seven foot tall Russia
The Greyman Grey, short haired Scotland
Mawas 10 ft tall, with black fur Malaysia
Yeren Red-haired, peaceful creature China
Yowie Shaggy, large footed beast Australia



You can't talk about Bigfoot without a brief discussion on his primary feature.  Footprints range from  12-20 inches long and 5-8 inches wide.  They indicate a flatter foot, and longer toes.  Some of the big toes are especially pronounced. In most reported footprints, it seems that Bigf0ot could probably borrow some sneakers from Shaquille O'Neal.

Large Foot - Image is over 70 years old, in public domain


Bigfoot might be able to cure his ailments with the following items

  1. Keep his feet dry.  Things don't grow in deserts.
  2. Wash more often.  Maybe than means walking in more riverbeds. Then after washing, see point number one.
  3. Check the diet.  Chomping on rotten carcasses might be a contributing factor.  Start snacking on flowers and berries.
  4. Shave those puppies. A clean surface are will limit bacteria accumulation.  Find a sharp rock and start scraping.

So, if you smell something foul in the woods, don't run away.  It could be Bigfoot or one of hygienically-challenged cousins.  They might be able to use a little assistance, and with some aggressive bathing, could finally make their long awaited public debut. Then again, they could just be proud of their podiatric heritage, and not want to change a thing.  After all, if the shoe fits...