Choctaw Bigfoot War: Legend and 1849 Cryptid Sighting in Oklahoma

Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2024

By staff

In a recent video from The Paranatural Podcast, hosts Ben and Jake delve into the fascinating history of Bigfoot sightings in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, specifically in McCurtain County and the Choctaw Nation. The video is based on a 1978 article from the McCurtain Sunday Gazette, which details Decades of Bigfoot encounters as recalled by old-timers who had lived in the area their entire lives. The Choctaw legend of the "man beast" or "hatak lito" is particularly intriguing, as it tells the story of a great witch who brought a huge hairy monster from the Mississippi swamps and enslaved it to harass people he didn't like. The creature was said to be fearful when it sensed fear in others, and when its master was killed, it was freed to run wild. According to Choctaw legend, if you encounter the man beast and show no fear, you will become its new master. The video also discusses the first reported sighting of such a creature by a Caucasian individual in this remote region, recorded in a diary entry dated May 14, 1849. The description of the creature's long arms, stooped posture, and grayish black hair is similar to modern-day Bigfoot reports. One particularly chilling story from the video is about a man who encountered a big hairy man and returned home shaken. Although he was not harmed by the creature, the encounter had a profound effect on him. I am always excited to uncover new historical accounts of Bigfoot sightings and encounters. The stories in this video are a testament to the enduring mystery and allure of Bigfoot, and I encourage all of our readers to watch the video and delve into the rich history of Bigfoot sightings in the southeast corner of Oklahoma.