by K.J. Lincoln
A man and his 10 year old son who were checking their blackfish (can’giiq) trap on the frozen tundra are the most recent eyewitnesses in sighting a Bigfoot-like creature.
The sighting took place in mid-January 2013. The man and his son were traveling from their home, Toksook Bay, to check their blackfish trap near the two mountains called Ingriaraak. The Ingriaraak Mountains are located between the villages of Chefornak and Nightmute beyond the Kolavinarak (Qalvinraaq) River.
The man said that the weather that day was beautiful and balmy. He decided it would be a good day to take his son out to check the trap for blackfish. They snowmachined to where the trap was set and checked the trap.
However, when they were done and ready to go back home to Toksook Bay, the snowmachine’s puller came off and could not start. They were stranded so the two climbed one of the Ingriaraak and got a cell phone signal. The man called home and asked for someone to come and get them.
After calling, the man and his son walked down back to the snowmachine to wait. It started to rain and the boy was getting cold. The boy wanted to start walking and since there had been no reports of upcoming bad weather for that day and the trail markers were visible, the two decided to start walking back towards Nightmute.
The man wanted to bring home his catch so he unhooked his sled from behind the snowmachine and pulled it behind him while walking. His son rode in the sled for a while and then got out to walk beside his father. They were still quite a ways from reaching the Qalvinraaq River.
They had been walking for about an hour when the man happened to look behind them. About 200 yards away there, behind them, was a very tall, large, dark, strong-looking, muscular person-like creature standing, watching them. The man’s heart quailed but he did not show it to his son. His son, in the meantime, also saw the creature and waved to it, thinking it was a member of the search and rescue team coming to get them.
At this point, the thought that it may be Bigfoot did not cross the man’s mind. Fear flooded his mind, thinking it was an alangruq, or ghost. The man remembered his mother’s words to not look back no matter how powerful the urge was to turn and look. He maintained his control and calmly told his son not to wave at the creature or to look at it.
So on they continued walking towards Nightmute, following the trail markers because the man knew that any search and rescue party would be coming for them following that same well-marked trail.
Only when he saw the lights of the oncoming snowmachines did he dare look back. And when he did, he did not see anything except the frozen tundra. He told the rescuers about what they had seen and experienced and asked if they could all go back to see if there were any footprints made by the creature. But no, the rescuers did not want to. It was getting dark and they were anxious to get back to the village.
During the time when they were walking, the man had taken out his phone to record what was behind him, pointing the phone over his shoulder without looking behind him. When they were safely in the village at Nightmute and eating at the home of a friend, the man told them what they had seen. He remembered his recording and took out his cell phone to view the footage, but alas, it had been somehow accidentally erased or deleted, or there was the possibility that he might not have hit the recording button at all.
His sharp-eyed son also described the creature as a yugpak, a very large person. He said the shoulders were very broad and powerful. The arms were long and strong-looking, like a wrestler’s arms. They reached down to its knees. There were also some light colored markings or textures on the creature’s chest and stomach where the muscles stood out.
Back home in Toksook, the man told his wife and it made her feel scared. He told his wife’s parents, his parents, his grandparents, and his friends what they had seen. The next day he read about the Bigfoot sighting that occurred in the spring of 2012 in Kasigluk in the latest issue of the Delta Discovery, the January 16th, 2013 edition. It was the first published eyewitness account of a sighting in the newspaper.
The following day the man wanted to go back to that same area to look for footprints but the weather turned and a blizzard blew in so he stayed home.