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Colorado and New Mexico
by Keith Foster

Southern San Juan Mountains: 1450 - 1700

Jemez Pueblo: The Pueblo tribe of northern New Mexico have many traditional stories of 8 to 10 foot tall man-beasts that they believed lived in the high mountains in an area of north central New Mexico and extending into southern Colorado. The stories are considered sacred and the contemporary tribal elders will not share the stories because of this. Some stories of hairy giants, considered by them to sometimes kill and eat man, have been leaked. They fear the creatures and many consider them as spirit beings, in spite of the fact that they can be seen, heard and leave tracks.
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There is an archeological ruin (ca. AD 1450-1700 occupation) named Gee-tow-ta-own-lay-new which is translated "Place where the giant man stepped." This site is about 60 miles south of the Colorado/New Mexico border at an elevation of 7,650 feet in dense ponderosa pine forest. Tribal archeologists confirm that this archeological pueblo’s name is a "direct reference" to the 8 to 10 foot tall hairy man-beasts encountered in the area at the time of the pueblo’s construction and occupation from the mid-14th century through the 18th century.

North-central New Mexico: AD prehistory - late 1800’s

Taos Indian Tradition: Cannibal giants appear in "myths" of the Taos. They are described by the Tao’s as giant men with long hair covering the whole body, big hands, big feet, big muscled arms, big head and big mouth. The Taos believed that these man-beasts were a dangerous type of man that lived in the forests and would sometimes come and kill members of their people and take them to high mountain caves and eat them. Their stories tell of finding the openings of the man-beasts caves littered with bones of the unfortunate victims. Stories tell of the Taos trying to kill one of the cannibal man-beasts by setting fire to brush at a cave opening and shooting it with arrows as it came out. They were unsuccessful in their attempts and the creature ran away wounded. These events were supposed to have occurred about 800 years ago according to traditional belief.

Another Taos traditional tale is a story of how two young women from the Lytton area were kidnapped by giants. The giants were described as horribly smelly by the girls who eventually escaped from them. It is traditionally told that the giants carried the two girls to an island on a river a great distance from their homes and that the giants ate meat of small game and deer. The giants were called Tsawane’itEmux by the Taos. The kidnapped girls also said they were called Stsomu’lamux and TsekEtinu’s (English interpretation unknown).

San Juan River Drainage, Southern Ute Reservation: Historical to present day

Souther Ute Tradition: The Southern Ute, who currently occupy the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in the south San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado, have historical tribal stories of "giant hairy man-beasts." These beasts are traditionally said to inhabit the remote parts of the high elevation forests. As with the Pueblo, the beasts are feared and many think that they could be spirit beings, though many contemporary Utes are beginning to believe that they are simply normal animals that look like giant men covered with hair. Historical accounts are mostly oral, though some of the pictographs in the Four Corners region of southwest Colorado that look like big men are interpreted by the local Native Americans as man-beasts and not pictographs of man. Many of the Ute living in the area at present are still reporting sightings of giant hairy man-beasts while hunting in the deep forest areas on and near the reservation. These Ute men are experienced hunters, very familiar with the natural fauna, and are sure they are not mistaking bears or other animals for the man-beasts. A current hot-spot of man-beast activity is in the high forests, west of the Piedra River, east of the city of Ignacio and south of Hwy. 160, though they also say that sightings could occur about anyplace where the forest is dense in the mountains of the general area.

San Juan and Conejos River Drainage, Colorado: 1870s

Professional bear hunter "Willford" memoirs: A professional bear hunter by the name of Willford hunted in the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado in the 1870’s. His memoirs were dictated in 1930 and have not been formally published to date and so I will only share generalities that may be relevant. Grizzly bears were common in the area in the late 1800’s and Mr. Willford killed 39 bears for the bounties put on their head at that time.

Mr. Willford’s memoirs state that while hunting in certain drainage’s in the southern San Juan Mountains of Colorado that feelings of being watched and feelings of dread were common. Local Indians said that only the bravest of hunters would venture into some of the areas involved. Horses were mysteriously spooked and bear-proofed camps were raided anyway. Meat was taken from camps, even though placed high in trees out of the reach of bears. Mr. Willford recounts how his horses and pack burro were once greatly spooked and panicked in the area by a loud animal noise from close range that he had never heard before. On another occasion he encountered some Navajo men camped in the area that had been terrified by an encounter with what they described as a 15 foot tall beast. The terrified Navajo men had told Mr. Willford "Don’t go there", "One terrible big thing is there". They described the beast as possibly some kind of giant bear that stood on it’s back legs to a very great height (15 feet is a probable exaggeration by the Navajo involved). These Navajo were experienced hunters, familiar with grizzly bears and black bears. This event occurred near the New Mexico border, where the San Juan River exits Colorado. The place was three or four miles up into the mountains from that point. They all "got the hell out of there", according to Mr. Willford. (Note: The Southern Ute that permanently occupied the region at the time have many tribal stories of giant hairy man-beasts that lived in those same mountains at that time and now. The Navajo involved may not have known about the man-beasts described in the area and interpreted the creature seen as some kind of bear).

South Central Colorado, Near Crestone, Colorado: 1900 - 1920s

Tracks found and "Boji": At the turn of the century (1900), miners at the newly opened Independence Mine, seven miles south of Crestone, reported finding giant man-like tracks near the mine entrance.

A lifelong resident of the Crestone area (a local hunter and tracker, name withheld), who still lives in the area, said that his grandfather told him of personally seeing a giant hairy man-beast in the late 1920’s. The creature had been seen by many locals during that time period and they had given the elusive creature the name of "Boji". Why this sasquatch type creature was named "Boji" by the locals in the 1920’s has been lost to history.
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Reports courtesy of researcher, Keith Foster

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