As long ago as 1904, it was reported that there were scenes of a strange creature dwelling in the Llyn yr Afon valley.
The creature is called Shuswaggi.
The Shuswaggi was described in many ways, ranging from a large, fierce mammal that is like a bear to a long gray-gray aquatic creature that is similar to a large sheep. Shuswaggi's stories share a common theme, however, turning around boats that are an unknown creature.
Adam Benedict, a cryptic researcher and author of archives of the Pine Barrens Institute, came first on the history of Shuswaggi when searching for unclear creatures.
"After I scrutinized all my other books about water beasts, I started searching for the name of the creature and the name of the lake. Slowly, I began to come across a handful of different ways that appeared over many years," he said.
The earliest assault recorded with the creature came from the Secwepemc First Nations hunt in 1904 and claimed that he had killed and scratched a strange creature at Shwswap Lake.
George Eberhart elaborated on this story in his book, Creatures Mysterious: A Guide to Cryptozoology, saying that the creature is believed to be "Ta-zam-a," which Eberhart says broadly means "Water Bear" the language of Salish. The hiding was reported to the nearby trading post at Enderby, where it was sold for $ 60 (over $ 2,000 when it was adjusted for inflation 2019). He was told to be fierce, as large as a grizzly bear with a long 12-inch long-like footprint.
Although books that describe the Shuswaggi suggest that it is derived from the United Nations folklore, Neskonlith Coun. Louis Thomas says that the monsters of the lake monsters are not particularly common among the Secwepemc.
The next recorded sight was not until 1948, when a man who fished on Lake Shuswap claimed that a giant creature swam under his boats, capturing the bottom and almost captured it.
In 1970, a family holding a birthday party near Llyn Shuswap saw seeing a long object, successes moving under the water of the lake that seemed to move rapidly before rising from the water, turning from surround and turn away.
In 1984, the most well-known appearance occurred. Linda Griffiths was told that children were out on the lake when they reported that she was catching her binoculars and watched a creature like a serpent swim in front of the boat.
Although the look has been a bit and far between, Benedict says that the message he received in 2018 had renewed his interest in the Shuswaggi.
"What helps to push Shuswaggi's legend into the legal creature camp for me is to see a witness that I received last year," he said. "The lake is packed with various fish, but these are not mistaken for something that is reported to be more than 50 feet. Early accounts may hide the swimping of youngsters in the lake".
The British cryptozoologist Karl Shuker theorized that Shuswaggi could be a surviving zeuglodont, an aquatic dinosaur, but Benedict disagrees with this idea.
Although perhaps not known as Ogopogo from Lake Okanagan, the history of the Shuswaggi is still hanging in the Shuswap region in some small ways. The Barking Dog Food Truck at Anglemont Marina serves a huge breakfast wrap of the Shuswaggi name, and the Shuswap Coffee Company carries a dark brown roast combination after the creature.
"I have lived here through my life, and I have never heard of it," said Tara Shantz from the Coffee Square of the River Square. "The girls who had the company before us named the combination, were trying to be funny with it, like this dark, mysterious combination."
She says that customers often ask for the name, and they are interesting when they hear the story.