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The Genoskwa is a subspecies of Sasquatch mentioned in Native American folklore as the "Stone Giant Man". In Iroquois legend, this hairy hominid was known as "ot ne yar hed" or "ot ne yar heh", which also translates to "Stone Giant" or "Stonecoat". It is reported as Sasquatch's larger, bulkier and more aggressive cousin. It has rock hard skin, and they twist the heads of their victims until they are decapitated. It is also known to throw rocks at people. They are said to be much more aggressive than most other Sasquatch and appear to be very violent and territorial. It is about 9 to11 feet tall and 800-1030 pounds.

Aggressive Behavior[]

The Genoskwa were said to raid Native American camps and carry away their inhabitants. The majority of these poor souls would be eaten alive in one large feast, however some would be decapitated first by means of intense head-twisting. The Genoskwa are also said to exude a horrible odor from their armpits that is described as a mixture between that of a skunk and a dead animal.

Stonish giants

Gorillas have also been known to release such body odors as a form of communication.

"Armored" Fur Coating[]

The term Genoskwa is a Native American term meaning "stone giants". An explanation for how the creatures got this name could be that their fur was often coarsened with dirt or mud after rolling around in it, which would later harden and look like stone or possibly an outer-layer of armor protection, possibly against arrows. With this standing as a possible theory, it could be said the Genoskwa may have been no different from the typical Sasquatch (albeit slightly different in temperament) save for the fact they were covered in mud! The descriptions of these creatures are very similar aside from the "armor" aspect of the Genoskwa species.

Records and Sightings[]


Mountain Monsters; Stonish Giant interpretation

Tuscarora Chief Elias Johnson, an 1800s chronicler of his tribe's history and lore, wrote of Stone Giants' history in Legends, Traditions, and Laws of the Iroquois, stating, "...[the Tuscarora] were also invaded by a more powerful enemy, the Ot-nea-yar-heh, or the Stonish Giants. They were a powerful tribe from the wilderness, tall, fierce and hostile, and resistance to them was vain...These giants were not only of great strength but they were cannibals, devouring men, woman and children in their inroads." The Mountain Monsters team also hunted for the Stonish Giant in Harrison County, Ohio.

In Popular Culture[]

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    Genoskwa as featured in MetaZoo: Cryptid Nation

    Genoskwa is featured in popular trading card game MetaZoo: Cryptid Nation.