Sasquatch videos are material used to support sightings of the cryptid dubbed as Sasquatch or "Bigfoot" as he is known in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
About Sasquatch Videos
The enduring legend of the Sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest dates back long before the advent of video cameras. Sasquatch videos are typically amateur footage filmed with handicams. Interestingly enough, the number of Sasquatch videos has diminished in an age when cell phone cameras and video cameras are common. The most famous video of the mysterious Bigfoot or Yeti of the Northwest is the 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film. This film appears to show a seven-foot creature wandering into the woods and vanishing. It is considered by some to be one of the greatest pieces of evidence that Sasquatch exists.
Filmed in Bluff Creek, California, many cryptozoologists pointed to this video as strong evidence that more research and study was needed. Cryptozoology, the study of hidden animals, is a pseudoscientific discipline that searches for evidence of legendary creatures or extinct creatures. The Sasquatch falls into this category as many native peoples, in the Pacific Northwest stretching from California into Canada and beyond, have stories that relate to Sasquatch-like creatures.
Unfortunately for the Patterson-Gimlin film, a man named Bob Heironimus came forward to debunk the film's authenticity by claiming that he was the man inside the costume in the film. This admission was a blow to the Bigfoot/Sasquatch community and left a sour taste in the mouth of many enthusiasts. In 2005, Heironimus passed a lie detector challenging his assertions.
Documentaries and Videos about the Sasquatch
Fascination with the Sasquatch has led to multiple videos, documentaries and more about reported Sasquatch sightings, eyewitness encounters, research and video clips about the mysterious creature that appears and disappears. History.com, for example, is host to a show called MonsterQuest. In one episode, the Patterson-Gimlin video is put under the microscope with expert interviews and highlights about the hunt for video evidence of the Sasquatch.
In the meanwhile, OregonBigfoot.com offers a video gallery with multiple videos sightings of the Sasquatch or Bigfoot as they refer to him, including a video by Paul Freeman that has left many devotees split on whether his video is a hoax or something else.
Sasquatch Video Hoaxes
Unfortunately, the urban legend quality of the Sasquatch lends itself to a number of hoaxes. In 2008, two men posted a video on YouTube, claiming they'd found the corpse of a Sasquatch. Although they received a good faith reward and national news coverage, the corpse turned out to be nothing more than a frozen empty costume head, false hair and rubber feet.
Hoax videos damage the credibility of any real scientific research for true believers in the Sasquatch or Bigfoot mysteries, but the actions of a few pranksters continue to throw a heavy blanket of doubt over all possible Sasquatch evidence.
Sasquatch Research and Resources
If you are a true believer or are genuinely curious about whether or not the Sasquatch exists, there are multiple sites and organizations out there to help you find the answers you seek, including:
- Squatchdetective.com: This site tracks video, audio and news reports of all Sasquatch sightings as well as providing a catalog of research and historical sightings. The site also features a blog talk radio show and more.
- Bigfoot Field Mystery Organization: This site includes video and news reports of the latest sightings, evaluations of news articles and the investigation of hypotheses and more.
- Unknown Creatures: This site is more for research with compilations of sightings, news and other related materials for amateur cryptozoologists.
Perhaps one day the world will have definitive video proof that the Sasquatch actually does exists. Until then, people will continue to present these videos whether they are genuine footage of an undiscovered creature or simply part of a public hoax.