Forest People, also referred to as Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yowie or Yeti, are a group of creatures who live in the woods.
Huge and hairy in appearance, they are very careful of shying away from human civilization. They can draw upon external sources of power, with the possible side-effect of great height and excess body hair. They are as magically gifted as most wizards of the Council and extremely smart; they are also psychically endowed with prophetic dreams and premonitions. Their history antecedes the 19th century gold rush by a long time, allowing them to amass great wealth; one of them, Strength of a River in His Shoulders is able to pay Harry Dresden's retainer with gold nuggets the size of a golf ball.
Strength of a River in His Shoulders first appears in the stories "B is for Bigfoot", "I Was a Teenage Bigfoot" and "Bigfoot on Campus". In Skin Game Dresden meets a very different member of the Forest People, Blood on His Soul, a member of the Genoskwa (War path) who is a vicious and violent predator.
The Forest People follow one of three traditions:
- The forest path is the most common, and its adherents shun human and technology.
- The sky path includes those Forest People who study the world, record knowledge and communicate with humans. It is comparable to wizardry for humans, and few Forest People follow it; Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of them.
- The war path (or Genoskwa, in their language) advocates supremacy over humans and violence towards them. It also has few followers, with Blood on His Soul being one of the more fanatic ones. The mythical Grendel[Footnote 1]; was also on this path, and his fight with the Vikings has left some bad blood between the Forest People and the Einherjaren.
In the series
"B is for Bigfoot", "I Was a Teenage Bigfoot", "Bigfoot on Campus"
In Peace Talks, Strength of a River in His Shoulders attends the gathering of supernatural nations in Chicago, and explains some of the history and traditions of his people to Harry Dresden. While the Forest People are not signatories to the Unseelie Accords, he pledges to stand with the accorded nations in order to protect his people.