- North American (culture)
- Giant (attribute)
- Forest Dweller (attribute)
- Sorcery and Medicinal (attribute)
- Friendly (behaviour)
- Bigfoot (common type)
A slant-eyed Giant from the beliefs of Cherokee mythology. He is the Lord of the Hunt like Herner the Hunter of European belief. He is power is invoked in special hunting rituals and rites. However some believed that Tsul 'Kalu was a type of Bigfoot or Sasquatch. His name roughly translates to ‘He has them slanting’ which refers to his eyes which are always drooping.
Tsul 'Kalu lives in a land called Tsunegun'yi. This is located on Tanasee Bald Mountain, Jackson County North Carolina as a 100 acre slope. When he came to this place he cleared the area to make his home. Some do not believe that this is where he is said to have lived and indicate that Tsunegun'yi is a place by the Tuckasege River where his footprint was found.
The story of Tsul 'Kalu begins with a young girl looking for a successful strong man to marry. She goes in search for a skilled hunter. One day whilst at home she is greeted by a handsome young man who offers her his deer that he had caught. She happily accepts and takes well to this new man. Over the next few nights he returns again and again with more and more deer. Completely swept away by him she tells her mother what a wonderful man he is. She asks for her mothers consent so she can marry him. Her mother grants her permission despite not having me this man. The mother tells her daughter to ask the man to bring home some wood. The next night the man returns with two large trees. The young woman is surprised that he knew to bring wood before being asked. being naive she doesn't realise the impossibility of one man dragging two trees to a house. She invites him to stay so her mother could meet her. He initially refuses stating that she will not like what she will see in the morning. Putting that aside she begs him to stay. He does so and both of them sleep peacefully. When the young woman awakes she is shocked to see a large man bent over double who is twice the height of the room. The Giant grew angry and then leaves the house never to return.
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