Tsul Kalu has different pronunciations according to which dialect and also fact Cherokee will sit and argue with one another of the correct pronunciation anyway. The way I know is "su-hl-kaw-lu" or "su-kaw-lu". Sorry I don't know a good way of writing how it sounds much of the language has constanants that are sorta slurred together and spoken nasally. And I have forgotten a lot of the language I used to know. Tsul Kalu is said to mean "slant-eyed giant" but more correctly it translates into "He has them slanting" which is assumed to mean his eyes. Kata or agadoli means eyes and isn't included. There is another name for him that means "Sloped headed monster" but I don't remember now the words in Cherokee. I've never heard Kecleh-Kudleh before. NunYunaWi is Stone Man and is not Bigfoot, he is considered a spiritual being and related to the beings who control the directions and physical forces of the Earth similar to the celestial beings mentioned in Genesis. I think the Cherokee story about Standing Indian, NC sounds like a Bigfoot.
Did you know Tsul Kalu is also the name the Cherokee use for Goliath? I was told one reason so many Cherokee easily converted to early Christianity is because they thought the story of David and Goliath must be about a young boy being attacked by a Bigfoot. They could relate to this story as it was something that was a part of their reality and something they were fearful of. So when the Bible was translated this is why Tsul Kalu is used.
I have heard of the Slant Eyed Giant, also known as Judaculla. He is associated with the area around Devi'ls Courthouse in NC and a rock with carvings on it. I have asked several Cherokees about his connection with bigfoot, and they do not view the two beings as similar. Even after talking about the subject with one of their elders, the man could no trace any legends to that of bigfoot. Here is the best that he could relate about hairy people: http://www.indians.o...er/cherbear.htm
As far as the tale of Standing indian, my friend was taught to refer to him as Standing Man by his elders. The story that was passed to him was a different version. I believe it involved giant yellowjackets as the sky monster. I will ask him about the story and see if it has any connection to bigfoot.
Darkwing, true. Western Band Cherokees have evolved separately from their eastern kin who held out in the NC mountains and other areas. The eastern people are where I get most of my information from. OK has a history of bigfoot activity, so it would make sense that your people have a more direct connection with bigfoot stories than my eastern friends do.
Edited by wudewasa, 22 July 2011 - 07:42 PM.