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BIGFOOT AS BIG MYTH: 7 PHASES OF MYTHMAKING

JOE NICKELL

Dedicated to the memory of Michael Dennett, on the fiftieth anniversary of "Bigsuit."

The hairy man-beast known as the “Sasquatch” or “Bigfoot” is now ever present in North American culture. Supposedly a throwback to our evolutionary past, it is an “ape-man” version of us just as the little-bodied, big-headed, humanoid extraterrestrial is a futuristic one. Together they represent powerful mythologies for our shrinking planet—Bigfoot as the very symbol of the endangered species and ET as the promise that we are not alone in the universe.

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