Jun 092013
 

While trying to find a photograph of an Alaskan footprint online, I stumbled across this interesting article from NativeVillage.org. I hope you find this an interesting as I did.

PORT CHATHAM LEFT TO SPIRITS
By Naomi Klouda
http://homertribune.com/2009/10/port-chatham-left-to-spirits/
Condensed by Native Village

Malania Kehl is the eldest resident in Nanwalek and knows many traditional stories about history and culture. One is how her birth village, Port Chatham, was haunted by a Nantiinaq (Nan-te-nuk), a creature similar to a Sasquatch. Because of Nantiinaq’s ghostly hauntings, Port Chatham was deserted and shunned. Those who once lived there vowed never to return.

Malania was born Jan. 25, 1934 at Port Chatham, a small village at the edge of a peaceful moorage. The villageonce offered shelter for many people, including Capt. Nathaniel Portlock’s ship on his 1786 Alaska expedition. But when Malania was a baby, the family abruptly moved away from Chatham and fled to Nanwalek.

“We left our houses and the school, and started all new here,” Malania said as her words were translated from Sugt’stun to English.

What had frightened Malania’s parents hadn’t been a single event. Over a “long period of time,” a Nantiinaq – or big hairy creature – terrorized villagers. Also haunting the areas was the spirit of a woman dressed in draping black clothes that would come out of the cliffs.

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  1. Very interesting Cliff! Thank you for sharing this with us! 🙂

  2. Yes very interesting! Makes me want to go big footing up there… 🙂

    Isabella

  3. I've read allot of different stories from different Indian tribes, Have you heard the story of the two children that were said to have been taken and raised by Sasquatch and if you were ever in the woods and found yourself being harassed by a Sasquatch you were supposed to say the children's names and they would leave you alone. I'll have to look it up again I think one of the names was something like "kiokwuip" not sure

  4. Also known as Portlock. One story there in 1949 tells of large 18 inch human like tracks seen closing in on moose tracks. Then only the human like ones seen leaving the area. Hunters have gone into the woods there never to return however reports of body parts floating out with the tide was heard. The townspeople left shortly thereafter.

  5. I've read allot of different stories from different Indian tribes, Have you heard the story of the two children that were said to have been taken and raised by Sasquatch and if you were ever in the woods and found yourself being harassed by a Sasquatch you were supposed to say the children's names and they would leave you alone. I'll have to look it up again I think one of the names was something like "kiokwuip" not sure