By Which I Mean A Sighting Of The Word "Bigfoot"

The Mono language is spoken by 3,000-4,000 people in central California, according to easily-accessed website, just about forty of whom use it as their first language. This numbers game is secondary to the Bigfoot situation which the titles of this essay promised, but the deal is that Mono is in the Uto-Aztecan language family, members of which are spoken between Idaho and El Salvador.

The English word "coyote" is from the word "coyotl," from the most widely-spoken Uto-Aztecan language, Nahuatl. My mother encouraged me to produce a list of the words for coyotes, dogs, and other canids in every Uto-Aztecan language I can find a dictionary to. According to the second edition of "A Dictionary of Western Mono" there are four words in that language for "coyote."


I deserve to go to jail for not yet knowing what the meaning is of the underlined letters or the apostrophes at the end of each word. These don't look related to "coyotl" to me, and neither does the word for "dog," which is "pukU." (294) The word for "puppy" is "tso'ono.'" I don't know how to prove that Mono and Nahuatl are related, but it probably doesn't matter because I think someone already did.

On page 137 of the dictionary, we find the following entry:

"White-coated Bigfoot"
Ex. Qasiqasina' nɨbabi-dugu kima-nee "qasIqasI" na-naqa-gima-t.
"The white-coated Bigfoot made a noise as it was coming through the snow."
{Cult.: Bigfoot has a white coat during the winter, and the sound "qasiqasi" is made by its feet as it walks in the snow}

The entry asks us to compare it with qauqauna' "brown-coated Bigfoot," which is exactly what I'm going to do, as it appears nearby on page 138. In that entry we read {Cult.: Bigfoot has a brown coat during the summer, and the sound "qauqau" is made by its feet over dried leaves}

It's not the kind of Bigfoot proof you might find in the shape of a giant, decaying foot in the woods of Quincy, Massachusetts, but there sure is something vivid about the sound the coat-color-changing primate makes as it walks on snow or dried leaves, isn't there? This proof doesn't baffle police, which might be nice as a required criterion for Bigfoot proof. Also now suddenly I'm completely on the Bigfoot team, and this entire website is about to be a Bigfoot-only website like the Bigfoot Field Research Organization, which doesn't even list the Quincy event, possibly because it wasn't a sighting of a live Bigfoot, but just the possible foot of one or of a bear. I feel like a bear paw shouldn't baffle police, but maybe all the police in that precinct suffer from quinsy, which Webster's dictionary defines as something you MIGHT not want to read: "an abscess in the tissue around a tonsil usually resulting from bacterial infection and often accompanied by pain and fever," which affliction might lead to general bafflement.

Notably, the word "sasquatch" from the Halkomelem language, appears not to be a cognate with either of those bigfoot-words, but my test for determining whether two words are related is to say them back and forth over and over again, which test has not yet been adopted by mainstream researchers in this field. My findings in the second experiment, "sasquatch, qauqauna', sasquatch, qauqauna', sasquatch, qauqauna'," is that, despite the fact that there's a "qua" in "sasquatch" and a "qau" in "qauqauna'," they are unrelated words, which you can also determine by learning that Halkomelem and Mono belong to entirely different language families.

The Paiute word for "coyote" is "edza'a" (cf. Western Mono iza'), the Yaqui word is "wo'i," the Hopi word is "iisawniqw," the Huichol word is "yávi."

This is neither an exhaustive list of Uto-Aztecan words for "coyote," nor of "sasquatch," the second of which I can't find a word for in any other Uto-Aztecan language. All I mean to say is that how can Bigfoot not exist if its coat-color is seasonal, and if its feet make different noises depending on whether it's walking on snow or dry leaves.

Also where are all the words that sound like "coyote."