In my travels through the folklore of Maine's past, I have repeatedly come upon stories and references to the Indian figure known as Pomoola, or more often in the past, Pamola. They have different spellings, but they are the same creature. One problem I encounter as well is the many different forms this creature has taken.
The more popular description paints Pomoola as a cat sort of creature, often compared to the eastern cougar that once populated the state in large numbers. Numbers large enough whereby once upon a time, if you wanted to go big cat hunting, you could do so with great success, provided of course you had the fortitude to carry through with your task. There are more than a few indications that this Pomoola may have even been, in early time, taken as a saber tooth tiger. The saber tooth, of course, was not a tiger, but was a member of the cougar family.
This can be seen in the size of the fossil skull finds of this now extinct creature. One problem is, just how long ago did this creature become extinct. archeologists and anthropologists alike claim that this creature died out some six million years ago. But is this true? It could be, but then how do we explain the legends that speak of the aboriginal settlers of this continents encounters with a big cat that matches the description of what the saber tooth would have looked like.
This first video, Was Pomoola A Sabertooth, describes one such legend that shares the story of how Sol Sockalexis came into possession of an eight inch long blackened tooth from one of these creatures that was killed by a lightening strike, not six million years ago, but in 1823.
Now that we have this legend in hand, let's take a look at another recently derived legend that hails from a New York Times article from 1913. In this story, Pomoola takes the shape of a bipedal creature that lives in a cave found, supposedly, near the top of Mount Katahdin. this version of the mythological character resembles a giant human like being, that is able to converse with the Indians, and lives with his wife and children, surrounded by the trappings of an all too human like abode filled with foodstuffs and other products found useful in daily life. The description given here is akin to that which we all too often find is a description of what we call a Bigfoot today. Follow along with Bigfoot Tales as we share the story, and come to your own conclusions as to what the legend of Pomoola may be based upon.