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.
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.
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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