One of the coolest shirts we have in our online store is a new Bigfoot T-shirt that showcases the elusive creature’s aliases (or cousins?) from around the globe. This awesome shirt may be a novelty to some or a savvy guide to others. In either case, we felt inspired to share a little lore behind each of the shirt’s mugshots - because why not?
Identifying The International Sasquatch
While the concept of a tall, large-footed creature roaming the Oregon hills may seem silly to some (okay, most) people, we fortunate few know that the creature isn’t new or exclusive to Oregon—or the United States, for that matter. So, the next time you’re in the Australian Outback, the tundras of Nepal, or the island shores of Sumatra, you’ll know the proper (politically correct) name to address any Sasquatch you encounter.
Orang Pendek, Indonesia
The name Orang Pendek roughly means short or little person in Indonesian. Quite different from the hulking Bigfoot of Northwestern America, this creature only stands 5 feet tall, though most are said to be even smaller. In fact, the largest connection it shares to our elusive furry friend is just that - a thick, ape-like fur and highly skittish nature.
While native to Sumatra in Indonesia, you are unlikely to encounter it largely due to the difficult terrain and general inaccessibility of its native region. There is a large amount of credence given to the Orang Pendek, however, as long-standing native tribes resolutely claim general cohabitation with the creatures deep within the island’s forests. Other accounts come from Dutch colonialists that wrote (to some large extent) about meeting the creatures.
Yeti/Abominable Snowman, Himalayas
The Yeti is an interesting legend and considered something akin to the polar bear version of our Sasquatch. The Yeti is actually so well documented, that it is known by upwards of a dozen different names meaning everything from “snow man” to “man-bear.”
Because the Yeti hails from one of the least populated, yet oldest, areas of civilization in the world - the Himalayan Mountains - it has documented accounts, encounters, and oral mythology that date back hundreds of years. While skeptics site bears and monkeys and the low visibility of the mountains as potential explanations, there have been numerous physical specimens that could indicate there is a close relation to an ancient, bipedal bear living deep in these mountains.
Wendigo, Northeastern United States
The Wendigo, unlike many of the alleged Sasquatch relatives, is not a friendly creature. In fact, the Wendigo’s is typically perceived as evil. The Algonquian Tribe claimed it had cannibalistic instincts, insatiable greed, and murderous intent. With this in mind, we recommend that if you encounter a Wendigo, you should hightail it out of there.
To make matters all the more terrifying, the Wendigo is differentiated from its North American cousin by large antlers or horns and a pointed yellow tongue. Yet two more reasons to avoid this creature.
This eerily similar Bigfoot cousin is said to dwell in the Northeastern United States and as far away as the Australian Outback. Standing between 7- and 12-feet tall, the Yowie also boasts far larger-than-human feet and is notoriously evasive. Yowie accounts number in the hundreds, some modern sightings and feature video, add credence to both the Yowie and its Sasquatchian cousin across the ocean. Mirroring the fascination and discovery attempts we see here in Oregon regularly, there are numerous dedicated Yowie hunters that attempt to find the creatures once and for all.
Get Your Bigfoot Gear
Nothing sparks the imagination or spirit of discovery like a dive into the Sasquatch culture. That is exactly why you need to pick up this awesome Bigfoot T-Shirt. After all, those of us that believe in Bigfoot are known for our acceptance of all Sasquatch-kind, regardless of where they hang their (probably enormous) hats.