Finding Sasquatch

Village SasquatchWhatever you believe, Sasquatch sightings can be fun, so Department 56 has designed and introduced a ceramic Sasquatch figure to have fun with in your Village – no matter what Village you collect.

Many collectors host parties and open houses inviting family, friends and fellow collectors to view their impressive Village displays. Hide the figure in clever places and invite your guests to find him. You could offer a “prize” for the person who finds Sasquatch first!


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Whether you have a firm belief in the mythical creature we call “Big Foot”, or “Sasquatch” the legend has its origins in native culture that is hundreds of years old.

Stories of a very large and hairy creature with ape-like facial features that appears to be half man and half ape have existed in various parts of the world for centuries. In the Himalayas, it’s he is called “Yeti.” In Canada, he is known as “Sasquatch” which is the translation of a word meaning “wild man” used by indigenous natives of Northwestern Canada. And in the northwest United States, we commonly call him “Bigfoot.”

“Bigfoot” is described by believers as being between six and eight feet tall with a large forehead similar to a cave man’s, and an oddly rounded head like the Lowland Gorilla. He is covered hair and has enormous feet, hence the name, and estimates are that the feet are a massive 24 inches long and eight inches wide. Some “witnesses” claim that the five-toed Bigfoot prints they saw on the ground were accompanied by claw marks indicating that the Bigfoot may have very long toenails, or claws.

Sasquatch CrossingStories of a “wild man” existed among the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest long before Europeans moved in. Versions of Bigfoot ranged from harmless giants who stole fish from fisherman’s nets, to cannibalistic monsters living on mountain peaks.
These stories varied from tribe to tribe, and even from family to family, which meant that Bigfoot had a lot of different names. In the 1920s, journalist J.W. Burns compiled the local legends for a series for a Canadian newspaper, coining the term “Sasquatch” in the process.

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