Thursday, April 21, 2005ot' tape thrills Manitoba community
NORWAY HOUSE, MAN. - Hundreds of residents of Norway House First Nation in Manitoba are convinced the Bigfoot legend is real after a local man captured a strange creature on videotape.
Ferry operator Bobby Clarke was taking a vehicle barge across the Nelson River at the northern end of Lake Winnipeg Saturday morning when he noticed something on the shore.
John Henry: "It's not a bear or human walking around."
He grabbed his camcorder and shot a 49-second clip of a tall, dark humanoid-like figure moving on the riverbank.
"It's not a bear or human walking around," said Clarke's father-in-law, John Henry. "You can tell by the features."
People who have seen the video say the figure is three-metres tall and resembles past descriptions of the legendary shy, hairy giant long rumoured to inhabit remote woodlands in western parts of North America.
"Couple of my friends and cousins have seen it, and some of them, first didn't believe in anything like that," said Joey Robertson. "When they seen the video, it convinced them."
But local residents flocking to Clarke's house to see the video are now coming away disappointed.
The Clarke family has stopped showing the videotape, saying they're arranging for an expert to enhance the video as they hold out for the best cash offer from a media agency.
Offers have already come in from places ranging from Florida to Toronto, they say.
Linda Queskekavow, one of Clarke's neighbours, says there's nothing to be worried about even if it turns out that Norway House is home to the legendary Bigfoot, also known by its Canadian name Sasquatch (meaning "wild man" or "hairy man" in the Salish language).
"That Sasquatch is not harmful," said Queskekavow, who saw the videotape. "I think it's scared of people."