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
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.
“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.