“The Lakota, call Bigfoot Chiye-tanka “chiye” means “elder brother” and “tanka” means “great” or “big”.
In English, though, the Lakota usually call him “the big man”.
“There is your Big man standing there, ever waiting, ever present, like the coming of a new day,” Oglala Lakota Medicine Man Pete Catches says. “He is both spirit and real being, but he can also glide through the forest, like a moose with big antlers, as though the trees weren’t there… I know him as my brother… I want him to touch me, just a touch, a blessing, something I could bring home to my sons and grandchildren, that I was there, that I approached him, and he touched me.”
Ray Owen, son of a Dakota spiritual leader says, “They exist in another dimension from us, but can appear in this dimension whenever they have a reason to. See, it’s like there are many levels, many dimensions. When our time in this one is finished, we move on to the next, but the Big Man can go between. The Big Man comes from God. He’s our big brother, kind of looks out for us. The existence of The Big Man is taken for granted throughout North America, and so are his powerful psychic abilities. The Big Man knows when humans are searching for him and that he chooses when and to whom to make an appearance, and that his psychic powers account for his ability to elude man’s efforts to capture him or hunt him down. In Indian culture, the entire natural world — the animals, the plants, the rivers, the stars — is seen as a family. The increasing appearances of The Big Man are not only a message or warning to the individuals or communities to whom he appears, but to humankind at large. A messenger who appears as a warning from the Creator that man’s disrespect for His sacred instructions has upset the harmony and balance of existence!”