Robert E. Walls received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and teaches Native American and indigenous studies courses in the American Studies Department, University of Notre Dame. He has conducted ethnographic research in the Pacific Northwest since the late 1970s, working primarily on Coast Salish cultural heritage and the occupational culture of the region's logging industry.
Bigfoot (Sasquatch) legend
Bigfoot is a large and mysterious humanoid creature purported to inhabit the wild and forested areas of Oregon and the West Coast of North America. Bigfoot is also known as Sasquatch, an Anglicization of the name Sasq’ets, from the Halq’emeylem language spoken by First Nations peoples in southwestern British Columbia. …
Gyppo Logging in Oregon
The term “gyppo logging” refers to timber harvesting conducted by small, mobile, independently owned companies that rely on contracts with larger logging firms, sawmills, or timber owners. The origin of “gyppo” remains unclear, though it emerged in early twentieth-century labor conflicts with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in …