"Imagine running into a huge ape-man, bigger than a Sasquatch, with feet almost 24 inches long. These types of creatures are seen all over the world, and are called 'True Giants' by some Cryptozoologists. Native Americans called the creatures 'Big Men,' 'Chickly Cudly,' 'Kookwes,' and many other names.
"True Giant reports in America go all the way back to the 18th century. One extraordinary (and deadly) encounter with a True Giant occurred in the Okefenokee Swamp, located on the Florida-Georgia border. A hunting part went after the giant after footprints 18 inches long and 9 inches wide were found in the swamp. A party of nine armed men went into the swamp to track down whatever made the footprints. They ran into a 13-foot tall giant.
"Five of the men had their heads ripped off by the creature before the rifle shots killed it. The four survivors quickly left to avoid any other angry giants. They said the stride of the creature was 'a trifle over six feet.'
"An even older report comes from 1793. A man near the Saluda River on the Bald Mountains saw and animal 12 to 15 feet tall, shaped like a human being, except for the head. The creature had no neck. It had feet like a negroe, which were about 2 feet long and hairy. It had large eyes and the hair on its head was about 6 inches long. The man also said that the creature (yes, more than one) had recently tried to kill several people, resulting in some of them begin shot. The people living in that area called them Yahoo, and the Indians called the Chickly Cudly.
"The name 'Chickly Cudly' has some significance in True Giant and Bigfoot reports. It is sometimes used as a name for the creatures, and comes from the Cherokee name kecleah kud-leah, which translates as 'hairy man.'
"The Cherokee Indians in the southern United States also knew of another giant they called Tsulkalu. The Cherokee said that the giants were twice as tall as them, and lived very far away 'in the direction in which the sun goes down.' A gropu of Tsulkalu once visited the Cherokee, who accepted them as friends, and the giants stayed for some time, but then returned to their home in the west."
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This post on True Giants is excerpted from my book Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More From Across America.
What I've talked about here is only a handful of reports of True Giants in the U.S. Samuel de Champlain was ridiculed because he listed to stories about a giant called "Gougou" from the Gaspe Indians. Huge beings called "Stone Giants" were said to live in New York. Other stories include a sighting of an eight-foot giant with 22-inch tracks in Idaho in 1902, stories of a "Sasquatch" that was fifteen feet tall, and an encounter in Montana in 1977. A twelve-foot giant, along with a smaller one, was spotted near Hallsville, Texas, in 1976. Fifteen inch tracks were also found in Mississippi that year. A ten foot creature that left "huge tracks" was seen in Fort Gordon, Georgia, in 1979. Four toed tracks (four toes is common with True Giants) that were 17x31 inches were found in Pennsylvania in 1994.
True Giants could be Sasquatch. I know some people would yell at me for trying to explain something unknown with something else unknown, but I felt I had to mention it. They could, however, and may be, something entirely different. Whatever they are, though, they are big!