Did you know that in a lot of Native American Bigfoot stories, Bigfoot is widely believed to be a cannibal? According to anthropologist Kathy Strain, the most common story is that it roamed around with a basket on its back and a sticky substance on its hands, snatching children to take home and eat. While there are several instances of stories involving Native Americans going to war with the creature, she observed that there are also tales of face-to-face trading between Bigfoot and various tribes. The legends, originating from the Oklahoma and Arkansas area, saw the Sasquatch receiving woven items like baskets and blankets in exchange for fish and obsidian.
Here's a bio of Kathy Strain:
Kathy Strain is the Heritage Resource and Tribal Relations Programs Manager for the Stanislaus National Forest in Sonora, California. She has a M.A. in Anthropology and is conducts research on native cultures and their traditional bigfoot beliefs. Her book, Giants, Cannibals & Monsters Bigfoot in Native Culture covers this subject in depth, including 154 stories from 57 tribes from throughout North America. Kathy is also the on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers.Listen to Kathy Strain talk about Native Americans and Bigfoot below: