Those who live in the Northwest are no strangers to the unexplained mysteries of the woods. Discover indigenous mythology of the evergreens at the White River Valley Museum’s exhibition titled “Sasquatch: Ancient Native Perspectives on Mysterious Beings of the Woods.” Travel through time through early anthropological records and experience Native American retellings of humanoid forest-dwellers that were passed down by oral tradition for generations.
The exhibit will focus on the works of Roger Fernandes, Upper S’Klallam artist and storyteller. Delving deeper into this rich history, you’ll hear spoken quotes from preserved interviews, see Native masks used for storytelling and use maps to track the origins of each legend. Though Sasquatch is the most infamous name on the list of forest mysteries, the exhibition examines other legends including Dzoonokwa, a forest giant sighted by Natives on Vancouver Island who kidnaps wandering children. There are others with towering bodies, trickster personas and the ability to cause unconsciousness. Fernandes has also collected information from 21 tribes to compare characteristics between Native oral histories of legendary humanoid creatures.
The White River Valley Museum’s award-winning exhibitions prioritize education, community and celebration of the art and history of regional cultures. The “Sasquatch” exhibit runs through December 16, 2018. For more information on exhibits, special lectures and events, visit wrvmuseum.org.
This article appeared in our November/December, 2018 issue.