“We were always told we were not to be scared of him, and that he wasn’t a monster.
Red ochre is used for all our paintings at Sa:sq’etstel (Sasquatch Mountain). The paintings are 3,000 – 7,000 years old, and our people back then were already depicting Sa:sq’ets. It is used to show the connection that we have to everything that comes from here.
We have the Eagle, they come here annually by the thousands, and they come here because they are connected to the Salmon, who come here by the millions, and you can see it is all connected.
The word Slalikum in our language means supernatural, it is like a shapeshifter…so if they want to be seen they are going to be seen. On moonlit nights, the way our elders told us, that is when you are not thinking when you are not distracted, you are focused on what is in front of you, so in that time if the light hits it right, you can see that you might be able to see that.
That is what I was told. If you are at the right place at the right time you will see him roaming throughout the land.”
~ Kelsey Charlie, Sts’ailes Sasquatch Dancers