Sasquatch The Legend's exclusive interview with Cindy Goodbrake, founder of the all-female research group Sasquatch Sisters Northwest, details some of the unusual experiences Cindy and her family have had since moving to the Hoodoo Mountains area of North Idaho.
Thunderous slaps on the outside of your house…pine cones being thrown at your children…an unknown being braiding the manes and tails of your horses…something huge outside standing on two legs…and a violently shaking trailer with no one inside it.
These are not the things most people expect to have happen after moving to a peaceful, rural property in North Idaho at the edge of the rugged Hoodoo Mountains. Yet these strange interactions would became part of everyday life for Cindy Goodbrake and her family.
“There is a ‘Hoodoo Voodoo’…it’s so beautiful here but it's intense and sometimes dark too,” explains Goodbrake, as she describes the odd happenings that have interrupted an otherwise idyllic life in the country over the past decade. The founder of the group Sasquatch Sisters Northwest, Goodbrake moved to a 6 acre property north of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her active-duty military husband and young children in 2004.
Soon after, she began to notice unusual tree structures on her family’s land—young pine trees that had been bent, twisted and woven into intricate shapes. The family’s dogs and horses became nervous and scared and seemed to avoid certain areas. Goodbrake had an uncomfortable feeling, as though an unknown presence was there. Then one day she found two enormous footprints.
“I called my son over and showed him the footprints. But we didn’t cast them or invite a bunch of people over to look at them…we just kind of accepted that they were there. It was like ‘you stay over there, I know you’re here, but I’m here too,” Goodbrake explains. After all, this wasn’t the first time she had encountered evidence of Sasquatch. She had been researching forest beings since 1999 after having some strange encounters near the family’s previous home in East Texas. She thought they had left this all behind though, until seeing the tree structures and footprints at their new home in Idaho.
Most of the time, everything around the Goodbrakes’ new home was ok, but over the years that Cindy and her family have lived in the north Idaho area, they have experienced many peculiar occurrences. The heavy bag of feed for the family’s horses was dragged across the yard and eaten. The family woke up, more than once, to find that someone or something had braided the manes and tails of their horses. Quartz rocks appeared as gifts on the front porch. Goodbrake heard eerie voices calling her name from the forest. One of her sons was trying out climbing equipment on some of the trees in the yard when he heard heavy footsteps from several beings crossing through the yard, sounds that were so vivid that he climbed 20 feet up into the tree to escape them.
A frequently-used game trail wound through the Goodbrakes’ yard, looping around underneath a bedroom window. One night, while Cindy was at work, something came by the house and slapped the outside wall, leaving huge, oily handprints. A neighbor texted to warn her about something huge standing outside on two legs. “There’s something here and it’s heading your way…my cats are hissing at it. I think it’s a bear…but it’s on two legs!” the mystified neighbor related. Another time, Cindy had just stepped out of her house, on her way to visit another neighbor, when her horse trailer started shaking back and forth like something was inside it. She thought maybe it was an orphaned fawn that had been seen in the area, and that perhaps it was looking for food, but when she looked inside the trailer, there was nothing there.
At first, Goodbrake tried capturing pictures of the beings on her land. She was able to photograph some unusual visuals, such as outlines of dark Sasquatch-like shapes but had better luck with audio recordings. She would go outside early in the morning, while it was still dark, and turn on a recording device. She recorded some fascinating audio of entities crashing through the woods, of extraordinary siren-like, booming howls and deep growling sounds. (An audio recording made by Goodbrake in 2019 can be heard here.)
For a while, Goodbrake considered selling the property and moving her family somewhere where none of this stuff would happen. But conversations with friends and family helped her put the situation into perspective. One friend said, “So they slapped your house. So what? I grew up with these things at my grandfather’s house. He called them ‘wood boogers’. You’ll be fine. Nothing’s going to get you or eat you.”
She became friends with Angelique Benham, a neighbor who lived nearby, who had been researching Sasquatch beings for more than 20 years and who had experienced many of the same encounters and odd occurrences as Goodbrake had. Having a friend who had also been through this was a Godsend for Goodbrake, who then created the group Sasquatch Sisters Northwest a way to try to understand what was happening, to research and document events and provide information to others. Soon the group expanded to include fellow researchers and experiencers Tonia Marie and Deanna Cusimano.
Group members theorize that not everything that has happened to Cindy Goodbrake and her family is Bigfoot/Sasquatch related. Some of it could possibly be paranormal in nature. “All this really woke me up to the world around us…it’s not just Sasquatch out there, there’s more to it too,” Goodbrake states.
The group Cindy Goodbrake founded with her friends, Sasquatch Sisters Northwest, aims to speak openly about Bigfoot/Sasquatch beings as well as anything else they might encounter. Group members plan to continue researching and sharing information they learn with the public via social media and speaking engagements.
“If you are in the Idaho/Montana region and have had similar experiences and need someone to talk to about them, feel free to reach out to us,” Goodbrake says.
Sasquatch Sisters Northwest now has a new Youtube channel and Facebook page where readers can connect with the group members. The group can also be reached via email at email@example.com .
by Christina Hebert