Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Films and Video
Nothing makes more of an instant impact then Sasquatch caught on Film. There have been many films, as you will see. However, no other film has yet to make a lasting impression on pop culture, like the 1967 Film Footage taken at Bluff Creek, CA. (More on that below)
This page is a continual work in progress. Please email me with any details you have, any inaccuracies, and/or comments. Send them to: PASasquatcher@yahoo.com .
(I would like to acknowledge that some of these films and videos were researched through various materials. I would specifically like to mention my best source; provided via IM Conversation with Henry May, "Big Footage: A History of Claims for the Sasquatch on Film" by Mike Quast.)
BIGFOOT ON FILM (1948-1988)
Purported Film from Alaska, 1948
Ray Wallace films, 1956- ?
Caddo TX, Summer 1964
Patterson Gimlin Film, October 20, 1967:
While riding horseback in Six Rivers National Forest, Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin, capture on film a large, upright, hairy creature; as the round a bend on a sandbar at Bluff Creek, California. After being tossed of his rearing Welsh pony, he grabbed his camera ( a rental) and secrured 24 feet of color 16mm film. After a three mile chase, Patterson and Gimlin lost the creature in the heavy brush. They also casted tracks, 14.5 inches long, 6 inches wide, that were impressed in sandy clay soil. What we have now is 952 frames of colored film, and almost 40 years of controversay. For more on the Patterson Gimlin Film, and it's debate... go here: http://www.bigfootforums.com/index.php?showforum=35 . Available on the DVD "Sasquatch: Legend meets Science".
Ivan Marx, Oct 7 1970. (HOAX)
Mrs. B.S. (Seriously, the Initials) Houston, British Columbia, Canada, 1972.
Ivan Marx, Northern California, Winter, 1972. (HOAX)
Ivan Marx, Alaska, 1973 (HOAX)
Joe Speck, California, August 1975.
J.W., near Orofino, Idaho, October 24, 1975.
Ivan Marx, Beaver Swamp, Alaska, 1975 (HOAX)
Mr and Mrs Frank White, Lummi Native American Reservation, Washington October 7, 1977.
Tupelo, Mississippi, Fall 1977.
Ivan Marx, Northern California, 1977. (HOAX)
PERIOD OF NO FILMS PRESENTED (1977-1988)
Near MacArthur, Ohio, May 1988.
BIGFOOT ON VIDEO (1988- Present)
Patapsco Valley State Park Baltimore, Maryland 1988- Various Videos
Don Keating and Rich Martz, Coshocton County Ohio, Sept. 15, 1991
Don Keating, Coshocton County Ohio, Dec. 22, 1991
Don Keating, Coshocton County Ohio, Aug. 2, 1992. "Sasquatch Lake".
Paul Freeman, Blue Mountains near Walla Walla, Washington. 8/14/1992.
Bob Daigle, Ohio. Summer 1992 - Various Videos.
PAUL FREEMAN, Blue Mountains near Walla Walla, Washington. 8/20/1992.
THE FREEMAN FILM. For more information go here: http://www.bigfootforums.com/index.php?showforum=36 . Available on the DVD "Sasquatch: Legend meets Science".
Daryl Owens and Scott Herriott, Klamath Hillside Video. 10/12/1992.
Available for viewing on "A&E Ancient Mysteries: Bigfoot" DVD, as well as "Squatching" DVD, a documentary by Scott Herriott. For more information go here: http://www.bigfootforums.com/index.php?showtopic=12873
Eastern Washington, Early 1993.
The Redwoods Video. Redwood State Park, California. August 28, 1995.
Danny Sweetin. Sam Houston National Forest. San Jacinto County, TX. 10/5/95.
Lorri Pate. Memorial Day Footage. Lake Chopaka, Washington. 1996.
Available on the DVD "Sasquatch: Legend meets Science." For more information go here: http://www.bigfootforums.com/index.php?showforum=37
Southern Alaska. Jan 1997.
Julie Ellis and Wayne Oliver. Chilliwack, Aggassiz, British Columbia Area.
Chad W. Michael. Unknown Location. 11/24/98.
Jim Smith. Lakeport, Florida. 3/20/2000 (Webcam)
David Shealy. Florida Everglades. 7/8/2000.
Marble Mountains Video. Siskiyou County California, Marble Ridge. 7/2000.
For the actual report, go here: http://www.bfro.net/GDB/show_report.asp?id=2928
and for discussion and information: http://www.bigfootforums.com/index.php?showforum=38
Brecken Ridge(sp) Mountain, California. 9/4/2000.
Steve Piper. Brindabella, Austrailia. 9/8/2000.
The Manitoba Footage. Bobby Clarke. Nelson River, Norway House, Manitoba, Canada. 4/16/2005. For more information, go here: http://www.bigfootforums.com/index.php?showforum=34 .
The Sonoma Video. Mark Nelson. Sonoma County, California. 11/14/2005.
For more information, go here: http://www.angelfire.com/realm3/marknelson/ . For discussion, go here: http://www.bigfootforums.com/index.php?showtopic=13453 . (Possible Hoax)
Dates Unknown, but Noteable:
Snow Walker Video -(HOAX)
Prince Edward Island Video- (Undetermined)
Tennessee Footage- (Undetermined)
Ely Video- (HOAX)
New York Baby Footage- (Undetermined)
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
The Top 50 Cryptids From Around The World
By Loren Coleman
Cryptids are the yet-to-be discovered animals or recovered
supposedly extinct zoological species that are being sought by
cryptozoologists, zoologists, anthropologists, and other researchers
through fieldwork in the wild, reexaminations of specimens in
zoological collections, and searches of archival materials. For me,
it all started with the Abominable Snowman (see Yeti) in 1960, moved
quickly to an awareness of a world filled with cryptids. Here's my
list of the top fifty cryptids actively being investigated and
Giant unknown bats are reported to reside in a region of western
Java, plus similar reports under different names from Vietnam and
the Philippines; possibly known as Orang-bati in Seram, Indonesia.
Huge hairy Neanderthaloid or Homo erectus-like hominids sighted in
various parts of Euroasia.
The Agogwe are little, human-like, hairy, bipeds reported
consistently from the forests of Eastern Africa.
These unrecognized mountain dogs are seen in South America.
These unconfirmed flying snakes are located in the Arabian Sea
Reportedly strong, muscular, and hairy humanoids reported from the
Shishi-kuh valley in Pakistan.
Beast of Bodmin (or Bodmin Moor)
Locally named mystery felids found in the United Kingdom.
Possible unknown species of giant bear once roamed Eastern Asia, and
Giant chimpanzees appear to live in remote east Africa, where much
evidence points to their existence, including photos, footprints and
Six species from New Guinea and surrounding islands, and a
distinctive Long-Tailed Black Bird-of-Paradise from Goodenough
Island are of interest to cryptozoology.
Black Panthers and Maned Mystery Cats
Sighting of large Black Panthers and seemingly "African Lions" with
manes in the Midwest USA have law enforcement officials on the alert.
Blue Mountain panthers
These unknown cats reportedly live in the Blue Mountains of the east
coast of Australia in the state of New South Wales.
These mystery felids are spotted in the Fujian Province, China, and
are also filed under the name Black Tiger.
Sea monsters of the North Pacific Ocean are frequently reported off
Monterey Bay since the 1940s, and have been given this local name.
East African maneless lions are said to be man-eaters, and may
reflect some new genetic alignments, akin to the King Cheetah
discoveries among cheetahs.
Fifteen foot long bluish black giant lizards were seen often in the
swamps, lakes and foothills of the Himalayas, up through the 1940s,
although they may be extinct now.
These unknown Sea Serpents living off the coast of British Columbia
are a popular figure in Canadian cryptozoology.
Giant prehistoric-looking creatures lurk in Lake Champlain, a 109
mile lake that borders New York, Vermont, and Ontario.
Also called "Goatsuckers," these bizarre Caribbean and South
American cryptids are five feet tall biped creatures with short grey
hair that have spiked hair and reported drain the blood through
throat punctures of the livestock they kill.
Three feet tall, hairy little people with pot bellies and long arms
sighted on the island of Flores, Indonesia. Tiny females are said to
have long, pendulous breasts.
Reports have been made of 100 feet long snakes on the Rio Negro of
the Amazon River basin.
The Blue Holes of Bimini, offer many sightings of these unknown
huge, many-tentacled animals.
Weighing up to 3 tons, these supposedly extinct animals have been
reported in South America in contemporary times.
Strange looking giant creatures (also called blobs) wash up on the
beaches of the world, get the media and scientists excited, and
sometimes turn out to be "unknowns."
Honey Island Swamp Monster
Reportedly these "Swamp Thing" monsters are seen in the Louisiana
This regionalized name hides these creatures that have been haunting
the New Jersey Pineland forest for over 260 years.
The natives of the Jiundu region of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia)
have firsthand encounters with these strange flying bat-like
Lake Storsjon Monster
Lake Seljord in the Telemark region of Norway has its own Lake
Monsters swimming the waters here for centuries.
Are certain African lakes the home to 40 feet long unknown catfishes
Loch Ness Monster
Nessie is the most famous Lake Monster in the world; they are said
to inhabit this loch, an extremely deep Scottish lake.
The carcass is at the Smithsonian, believed to be a possible hybrid
between a grizzly and polar bear. Or an new unknown species.
The Mngwa are cats described as being as large as donkeys, with
marks like a tabby and living in Africa - but not a known species.
For over two hundred years there have been reports of living
Sauropods (dinosaur) in the remote Congo area of Africa. They may
being confused with accounts of other local cryptids, aquatic rhinos.
Mongolian Death Worm
Locals in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia talk of these giant snakes,
worms, or long thin lizards (also called Olgoi-khorkhoi or Allghoi-
khorkhoi) as killing livestock and people with their breath.
A local name for giant owls (also called Bighoot) which has been
sighted for over 100 years in West Virginia-Ohio area, and elsewhere
in North America.
This is Canada's most famous type of water monsters, inhabitants of
Lake Okanagan in the south central interior of British Columbia.
These reportedly small biped small apes (also called Sedapa) live in
the jungles of Sumatra and Borneo.
Peruvian Mystery Jaguar
Unknown large cats with white background covered in solid irregular
spots are seen in the rainforests of Peru.
Also known by the label Myakka "Ape" and other local names (Booger,
Swamp Ape), these chimpanzee- or orangutan-like primates have been
sighted throughout central and south Florida.
Steller's Sea Cow
A once thought extinct species, these totally marine animals,
looking like huge, wrinkled manatees, and are still being seen by
Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine
Thought extinct, these wolf-like marsupials are still sighted on a
regular basis in Western Australia, and perhaps New Guinea too.
Classic small log-shaped reptilian cryptids from the European Alps
are enigmatic animals, but have they gone extinct in historical
Large condor-like birds, perhaps Teratorns, roam the skies of North
America, along regular migration routes.
Unknown species of snake sighted in the upper elevations of Korea
The South American Bigfoot live mainly in the Andean foothills.
These strange unknown otter-like beasts are seen in New Zealand, and
as yet undiscovered.
This is a specific regional name, from southern China, for small
The Chinese Wildmen are reddish, semi-bipedal, and often encountered
by locals and government officials along rural roads.
Yeti, unknown rock apes, are creatures reported as crossing the
Himalayan plateaus and living in the valley forests. There is not
just "one" Abominable Snowman, and they are no "white."
These tall hairy unknown hominoids are sighted throughout several
remote areas of Australia.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Sunday, April 30, 2006
My Bigfoot DVD's
1. Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science
2. Harry and the Hendersons
3. 2003 International Bigfoot Symposium (4)
4. Operation Night Scream
5. Sasquatch Odyssey: The Hunt For Bigfoot
6. Sasquatch: The Legend of Bigfoot and Creature From Black Lake
7. Bigfoot: The Mysterious Monster
8. Bigfoot The DVD
9. The Legend of Boggy Creek
10. Sasquatch Hunters
11. Mysterious Encounters: The Wildman Collection
12. In Search of: Manlike Monsters
13. Bigfoot: Man? Myth? Monster?
14. National Geographic Special: Bigfoot: Is It Real?
15. Squatching/Journey Toward Squatchdom
16. Sasquatch Horror Collection (Sasquatch: The Legend of Bigfoot, Snowbeast and Snow Creature)
17. 3 By Don Keating (In The Shadow of the Sasquatch, The Evidence Mounts and Ohio's Abominable Snowman)
19. On The Trail of Bigfoot
20. Man Beast-Myth or Monster?
21. IBS Meeting W/Greg Long (3-27-04)
22. Bigfoot: Man or Beast?
24. IBS Meeting w/Larry Lund and Don Monroe (5-29-04)
25. Sasquatch Science: Searching for Bigfoot (2)
26. Monsters! Mysteries or Myths?
27. Sasquatch (Don McCune Exploration Northwest)
28. Bigfoot (Bob Gray Productions)
29. Rocky Mountain Bigfoot
30. Bellingham Conference (Tom Cousino Footage)
31. The Force Beyond
32. Giganto: The Real King Kong
33. Weird Travels: Bigfoot
34. Sasquatch (2003)
35. Corwin's Quest: Realm of the Yeti
Most Notorious -- A legend or just elusive? Sasquatch keeps the world guessing
By Cheryll Borgaard
Apr 30, 2006 - 12:08:12 am PDT
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He's as elusive as the mist on a mountain lake, his hair as thick as the tangled underbrush of the deep woods. Most likely, if he's ever seen (again?), he'll be shot. And that may be the only way to conclusively prove he exists.
For decades, Sasquatch --- also known as Bigfoot --- has defied scientific proof but has left tantalizing hints to lead many to believe in his existence.
A notorious creature of impressive stature, he's also brought notoriety to those who studied him and claim to have spotted him.
The late Grover Krantz, who was an associate professor of anthropology at Washington State University, once estimated there are about 2,000 Sasquatches living in the Pacific Northwest.
In his 1993 book, "Big Footprints: A Scientific Inquiry into the Reality of Sasquatch," he describes the beast as nocturnal, most likely omnivores with an adult male standing 7 feet, 8 inches and weighing about 800 pounds.
So how come hikers, loggers or hunters don't encounter them more often?
Sasquatches are "probably the most intelligent animal in North America outside of man," Krantz wrote. He said the only practical way to prove Sasquatch's existence is to shoot one. Krantz said the most tangible evidence of Sasquatch is footprints, which may be preserved in photographs or plaster casts.
Most Notorious Series
This is the 15th story in a weekly series about the area's most notorious citizens of the past and present. By notorious, we mean people who are widely and often unfavorably known. Our subjects don't have to be lawbreakers, but they must raise eyebrows. They can be cantankerous and irascible, famous for one deed or a body of work.
Such was the case in 1998 for Randy Trusty and David Hart, both of Longview.
While hunting in the woods above Little Cape Horn in Wahkiakum County, they discovered footprints unlike any they'd ever seen before. They made plaster casts of the prints and gathered a lock of extra-coarse brown hair
"I've spent countless hours in the woods," Trusty said in a Daily News article in 1998. "To look down on the trail and see something that clear on the ground chills you to the bone. ... This evidence is enough for me that this creature exists."
But for every small shred of proof, there are 100 hoaxes.
The best known local Bigfoot trickster was the late Ray Wallace, a Toledo man whose family said helped create the Bigfoot legend.
In 1958, Wallace made giant footprints at a work site in Humboldt County, Calif., that were reported by a local newspaper the next day. Wallace continued Bigfoot pranks when he returned to Washington, even having his wife dress up as one of the half-human wilderness creatures, relatives said.
But Ray Crowe of the International Bigfoot Society in Hillsboro, Ore., said Wallace was a true believer and pulled some of the pranks to throw critics off the track. Krantz admitted most sightings and footprints are hoaxes. "It has also been said that, in a sense, Sasquatches often come out of whisky bottles."
Of the 75 accounts of Sasquatch sightings Krantz had heard about, he was convinced seven were authentic and another 33 probable.
Krantz' extensive knowledge of primate foot structure helped him spot fakes, and the number of reported footprints sightings are far too high to be made by hoaxers, he said.
Robert Michael Pyle, a prize-winning nature writer who lives in Grays River, spent several years researching the myths and facts that swirl around the hairy giants for his 1995 book "Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide."
Most of his research time was spent in the Dark Divide, a land of rugged ridges and forested valleys between Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It's an area of numerous Bigfoot sightings. He saw large footprints and heard strange animal calls on at least three occasions during his research.
Pyle said in 1998 that he's skeptical but open to the possible existence of a flesh-and-blood Sasquatch. He disagrees with Krantz' assertion that killing one is necessary to prove its existence.
A grainy 16-millimeter film shot by Roger Patterson in Northern California in 1967 of a large, lumbering hairy beast offers the best photographic evidence of Bigfoot, though naysayers argue that the subject is a big guy in a gorilla suit.
Kranz argued that no man of the subject's size could take steps as long while bending his knees, as the film shows, and the shoulder proportions are impossible for a human. Pyle, though, called it "difficult to dismiss."
And the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, founded in 1995, further debunks the hoax theory on its Web site (www.bfro.net). It claims: "Large amounts of money have been spent trying to make a matching costume. Hollywood costume design talents have been brought to the task, but have not succeeded."
Further, it says, "No scientists or qualified experts have ever debunked the Patterson footage. It has never been shown to be fake. On the contrary, every scientist who has seen the footage either says it shows a real, unclassified species, or that a conclusion cannot be made."
So why have traces of remains never been found?
"No serious work has ever been done to look for remains of surviving wood apes where they are rumored to reside," the BFRO Web site says. "No one should expect remains of such an elusive species to be found, collected and identified without some effort."
Krantz said it isn't surprising that no Sasquatch bones have been found --- the bones of wild carnivores seldom are. Though there are 200,000 bears in the Northwest, he said their skeletons are "almost never found."
But myth or fact --- Sasquatch or Bigfoot --- has been around for a long time and in many places.
"I think of Bigfoot as an emblem of the Pacific Northwest, standing for the residents' earnest and whimsical frontier curiosity, for their eagerness to grasp the essence of the land and its life," Pyle wrote. "It reflects our fascination with the bizarre, the monstrous, and the mysterious --- the more like us, the better ..."
Desperately seeking Sasquatch
By: Kassia Micek, Courier staff
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SAN ANTONIO - Does Bigfoot really exist? What evidence is there to prove the hairy man is living? And is evidence of Sasquatch reliable?
Those are the questions one Conroe man hopes to answer when he takes the stage during a speaker series at the "Bigfoot in Texas?" exhibit at the University of Texas at San Antonio's Institute of Texan Cultures, located at 801 S. Bowie St. in San Antonio. The discussion, "Bigfoot Evidence: Collection and Examination," will be from 1-5 p.m. May 6 at the institute.
Conroe resident Jimmy Chilcutt is a primitive fingerprint specialist and a retired latent fingerprint examiner and crime scene investigator for the Conroe Police Department. He travels the nation to speak at Bigfoot conferences. He will be one of three speakers at the event.
As one of the few primitive fingerprint specialists in the world, a Google search on Chilcutt over the Internet will garner more than 500 hits from numerous Bigfoot-related sites.
"I don't actively search for Bigfoot and I'm not involved in the research," said Chilcutt, who used to be a skeptic until he started investigating prints collected by Sasquatch researchers. "I examine the research they've gathered. ... People send me items from all over. If they think a Sasquatch has touched it, they send it to me."
He said he prefers the term Sasquatch because it is the Native American name that has been used for hundreds of years for the human-sized, ape-like figures. He said Bigfoot is a generic and more modern name.
Chilcutt is highly regarded for his innovative techniques in fingerprint collection, according to a press release from the Institute of Texan Cultures. As an expert in nonhuman primate prints, he will argue that some prints attributed to a reclusive, undocumented animal, perhaps Bigfoot, are genuine, according to the ITC's Web site, www.texancultures.utsa.edu.
According to the press release, speakers for the second session of a four-part speaker series include Chilcutt, Jeff Meldrum, an Idaho State University anatomy associate professor and anthropology adjunct associate professor as well as a Sasquatch researcher, and Rick Noll, a longtime Bigfoot researcher and member of the expedition group that found and collected the Skookum body cast, which is a partial body print that is believed to be made by a living Sasquatch.
The trio will focus on the examination of evidence that has been collected in hopes of confirming the existence of Bigfoot, according to the ITC press release.
Having spent more than 26 years in the police force, Chilcutt accumulated more than 1,000 classroom hours of instruction in forensic subjects, according to his Web site, www.jhcforensicconsultant.com.
The exhibit and speaker series, which started April 7 and runs through July 8, will evaluate findings, beliefs, folklore and methods of scientific investigation of the Bigfoot phenomenon, according to the ITC press release. The ITC is partnering with the Texas Bigfoot Research Center to produce the exhibit; however, the institute is not taking a stand on the existence or nonexistence of the "Wooly Booger," according to the ITC press release.
The ITC's hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children 12 and younger, seniors 65 and older and people with a military ID, and free for children 2 and under as well as ITC members.
For more information or for a complete schedule of the exhibit, visit the institute's Web site, www.texancultures.utsa.edu, or call the institute at (210) 458-2237.
Kassia Micek can be reached at email@example.com.
©Houston Community Newspapers Online 2006
My Bigfoot/Cryptozoology/Unexplained Phenomenon Bibliography
1. On the Track of The Sasquatch-John Green
2. Year of the Sasquatch-John Green
3. The Sasquatch File-John Green
4. Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us-John Green
5. On the Track of the Sasquatch: Bigfoot-John Green
6. The Best of Sasquatch/Bigfoot-John Green (Signed)
7. Sasquatch/Bigfoot: The Hunt For North America's Incredible Creature-Don Hunter with Rene Dahinden
8. Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America-Loren Coleman
9. The Evidence for Bigfoot and other Man-Beasts-Janet and Colin Bord
10. The Bigfoot Casebook-Janet and Colin Bord
11. The Bigfoot Casebook Updated: Bigfoot Encounters from 1818-1980-Janet and Colin Bord
12. In Pursuit of a Legend: 72 Days in California Bigfoot Country-T.A. Wilson
13. North America's Great Ape: The Sasquatch-John Bindernagel
14. Still Living? Yeti, Sasquatch and the Neanderthal Enigma-Myra Shackley
15. In Search of Giants: Bigfoot Sasquatch Encounters-Thomas Steenburg
16. Bigfoot Is Alive!-The Davis Expedition
17. Meet The Sasquatch-Chris Murphy, John Green and Thomas Steenburg (Signed)
18. Bigfootnotes-Daniel Perez (Signed)
19. Bigfoot at Bluff Creek-Daniel Perez (Signed)
20. Cryptozoology A to Z-Loren Coleman & Jerome Clark
21. Bigfoot 4-Issue comic book series-Rob Zombie, Steve Niles (Signed)
22. The Sasquatch in Minnesota-Mike Quast
23. Bigfoot in Mississippi-J. Michael
24. The Making of Bigfoot-Greg Long
25. California's Bigfoot/Sasquatch-Tom Morris (Signed)
26. Sasquatch/Bigfoot: The Continuing Mystery-Thomas Steenburg
27. The Big Bigfoot Book-From Mojo Press
28. Big Footage: A History of Claims for the Sasquatch on Film-Mike Quast
29. Monsters of the Northwoods-Bruce Hallenbeck, Bill Brann and Paul and Robert Bartholomew (Signed)
30. On The Track of Bigfoot-Marion T. Place
31. There Are Giants in the Earth-Michael Grumley
32. Bigfoot: America's Abominable Snowman-Elwood D. Baumann
33. The Locals: A Contemporary Investigation of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch Phenomenon-Thom Powell
34. The Bigfoot Film Controversy-Roger Patterson/Chris Murphy
35. Do Abominable Snowmen of America Really Exist?-Roger Patterson
36. Big Footprints: A Scientific Inquiry Into the Reality of Sasquatch-Grover Krantz (Signed)
37. Bigfoot Sasquatch Evidence-Grover Krantz
38. Field Guide to The Sasquatch-David George Gordon
39. Track of the Bigfoot-D. L. Tanner
40. Boyfriend-Bettie Charville
41. Sasquatch Apparitions-Barbara Wasson
42. The Search for Bigfoot: Monster, Myth or Man (Hardback & Paperback)-Peter Byrne
43. Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing The Dark Divide-Robert Michael Pyle (Signed)
44. Bigfoot Exposed-David Daegling
45. Smokey and the Fouke Monster-Smokey Crabtree (Signed)
46. Swamp Bigfoot: Tales of the Louisiana Honey Island Swamp Monster-Dana Holyfield
47. Raincoast Sasquatch: The Bigfoot/Sasquatch Records of Southeast Alaska, Coastal British Columbia and Northwest Washington from Puget Sound to Yakutat-J. Robert Alley
48. Bigfoot South: Examining Cryptozoology's Greatest Mystery in the Southern United States-Chester Moore, Jr. (Signed)
49. Bigfoot Lives: Deal With It!-Chester Moore, Jr. (Signed)
50. Manlike Monsters on Trial-Marjorie Halpin and Michael M. Ames
51. Bigfoot Across America-Philip L. Rife
52. Bigfoot Sightings of east Central Alabama-James M. Smith
53. Dark Woods-Jay Kumar
54. Bigfoot: The Mysterious Monster-Robert and Frances Guenette
55. The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti and other Mystery Primates Worldwide (1999)-Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe
56. The Field Guide to Bigfoot and other Mystery Primates (2006)-L.C. and P.H.
57. Tom Slick and the Search for the Yeti-Loren Coleman
58. Bigfoot and Nessie: Two Mysterious Monsters-Angelo Rescinitti and Duane Damon
59. Bigfoot: The Yeti and Sasquatch In Myth and Reality-John Napier
60. Other Origins: The Search for the Giant Ape in Human Prehistory-Russell Ciochon, John Olsen and Jamie James
61. Bigfoot-B. Ann Slate and Alan Berry
62. Strange Northwest-Chris Bader
63. Haunted Places-Dennis William Hauck
64. Mysterious America: The Revised Edition-Loren Coleman
65. In Search of Myths and Monsters-Alan Landsburg
66. Monsters Among Us: Journey To The Unexplained-John Lee and Barbara Moore
67. The World Almanac Book of the Strange
68. Strange Monsters and Great Searches-George Laycock
69. Monsters, Strange Dreams and UFO's-Phyllis R. Emert
70. Borderlands: The Ultimate Exploration of the Unknown-Mike Dash
71. The Mammoth Encyclopedia of the Unsolved-Colin and Damon Wilson
72. Mysteries of the Unexplained
73. Mysterious Creatures
74. Bigfoot in the News-Daniel Murphy
75. America's Bigfoot: Fact, Not Fiction-Dmitri Bayanov (Signed)
The Zetetic Scholar, No. 12-13, 1987
The Zetetic Scholar, No. 12-13, 1987
"Over the years, I have decried the misuse of the term "skeptic"
when used to
refer to all critics of anomaly claims. Alas, the label has been
by both proponents and critics of the paranormal. Sometimes
users of the term
have distinguished between so-called "soft" versus "hard"
skeptics, and I in
part revised the term "zetetic" because of the term's misuse.
But I now think
the problems created go beyond mere terminology and matters need
to be set
right. Since "skepticism" properly refers to doubt rather than
nonbelief rather than belief -- critics who take the negative
rather than an
agnostic position but still call themselves "skeptics" are actually
*pseudo-skeptics* and have, I believe, gained a false advantage
"In science, the burden of proof falls upon the claimant; and the
extraordinary a claim, the heavier is the burden of proof
true skeptic takes an agnostic position, one that says the claim
proved* rather than *disproved*. He asserts that the claimant
borne the burden of proof and that science must continue to build its
cognitive map of reality without incorporating the extraordinary
as a new "fact". Since the true skeptic does not assert a claim, *he
has no burden to prove anything*. He just goes on using the
theories of "conventional science" as usual. But if a critic
there is evidence for disproof, that he has a *negative
saying, for instance, that a seeming psi result was actually due
artifact -- he is *making a claim* and therefore also has to bear a
*burden of proof*.
"Sometimes, such negative claims by critics are also quite
for example, that a UFO was actually a giant plasma, or that
someone in a
psi experiment was cued via an abnormal ability to hear a high
with normal ears would fail to notice. In such cases the
also may have to bear a heavier burden of proof than might
"Critics who assert negative claims, but who mistakenly call
"skeptics", often act as though they have no burden of proof
them at all, though such a stance would be appropriate only for the
agnostic or true skeptic. A result of this is that many critics
feel it is only necessary to present a case for their
upon plausibility rather than empirical evidence. Thus, if a
subject in a
psi experiment can be shown to have had an opportunity to cheat, many
critics seem to assume not merely that he probably did cheat, but
he *must* have, regardless of what may be the complete absence of
evidence that he did so cheat and sometimes even ignoring evidence of
the subject's past reputation for honesty.
"Similarly, improper randomization procedures are sometimes
be the cause of a subject's high psi scores even though all that
established is the possibility of such an artifact having been
cause. Of course, the evidential weight of the experiment is greatly
reduced when we discover an opening in the design that would allow an
artifact to confound the results. Discovering an opportunity for
should make such experiments less evidential and usually
It usually disproves the claim that the experiment was "air tight"
against error, but it does not *disprove* the anomaly claim.
"Showing evidence is unconvincing is not grounds for completely
it. If a critic asserts that the result was due to artifact X,
then has the burden of proof to demonstrate that artifact X can and
probably did produce such results under such circumstances.
in some cases the appeal to mere plausibility that an artifact
the result may be so great that nearly all would accept the
example, when we learn that someone known to have cheated in the past
had an opportunity to cheat in this instance, we might reasonably
he probably cheated this time, too. But in far too many
critic who makes a merely plausible argument for an artifact
door on future research when proper science demands that his
of an artifact should also be tested. Alas, most critics seem
happy to sit
in their armchairs producing *post hoc* counter-explanations.
side ends up with the true story, science best progresses through
"On the other hand, proponents of an anomaly claim who recognize
fallacy may go too far in the other direction. Some argue, like
when he defended the mediumship of Palladino, that the presence
does not deny the existence of real hair. All of us must
is always a matter of degree and is seldom if ever absolutely
Some proponents of anomaly claims, like some critics, seem
consider evidence in probabilistic terms, clinging to any slim
as though the critic must disprove all evidence ever put forward
particular claim. Both critics and proponents need to learn to
adjudication in science as more like that found in the law
and with varying degrees of proof and evidence. Absolute truth, like
absolute justice, is seldom obtainable. We can only do our best to
"Only a zit on the wart on the heinie of progress." Copyright
1992, Frank Rice
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Apr 28, 2006
The existence of Bigfoot has remained a mystery for years. In Southeast Idaho alone, reports of encounters with the creature date back to 1887. Tammy Scardino caught up with a local county commissioner who offered his support in hosting an upcoming Bigfoot event.
The Bigfoot Rendezvous is expected to attract people to Pocatello from across the nation - believers and non-believers alike.
County Commissioner Jim Guthrie showed up in costume to read the proclamation supporting the Bigfoot Rendezvous. He views the event as an entertaining way for people to explore the topic.
Jim Guthrie, Bannock County commissioner: "We live everyday with a lot of serious, heavy issues that we deal with, everybody does, and it's a nice opportunity to look at something that's fun in nature. It brings an event to town that helps support the economy."
Back at the office of Idaho State University Professor Dr. Jeff Meldrum, the topic is taken more seriously. Meldrum has been researching Sasquatch for over 10 years now. He specializes in footprint analysis and has even written a book on all the data he has compiled over the years.
Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Sasquatch researcher: "The evidence continues to mount. There's no question that I get more reports of footprint finds. We continue to do work in the field."
Meldrum says he will continue to research the possibility of Bigfoot's existence from an objective standpoint, and looks forward to presenting his scientific evidence at the rendezvous event.
Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Sasquatch researcher: "I'm not an advocate that there is such an animal, I'm saying that the evidence as such that is certainly justifies it as a legitimate question - 'Is there a biological species that is yet to be identified?'"
The Bigfoot Rendezvous will take place June 16th through the 18th in Pocatello. Along with speakers, films, children's events, and a story-telling competition will be a part of the weekend's activities. Log on to bigfootrendezvous.com for a detailed schedule of events.
Giants of Mexico
In 1944 an accidental discovery of an even more controversial nature was made by Waldemar Julsrud at Acambaro, Mexico. Acambaro is in the state of Guanajuato, 175 miles northwest of Mexico City. The strange archaeological site there yielded over 33,500 objects of ceramic;stone, including jade; and knives of obsidian (sharper than steel and still used today in heart surgery). Jalsrud, a prominent local German merchant, also found statues ranging from less than an inch to six feet in length depicting great reptiles, some of them in ACTIVE ASSOCIATION with humans - generally eating them, but in some bizarre statuettes an erotic association was indicated. To observers many of these creatures resembled dinosaurs. Jalsrud crammed this collection into twelve rooms of his expanded house. There startling representations of Negroes, Orientals, and bearded Caucasians were included as were motifs of Egyptians, Sumerian and other ancient non-hemispheric civilizations, as well as portrayals of Bigfoot and aquatic monsterlike creatures, weird human-animal mixtures, and a host of other inexplicable creations. Teeth from an extinct Ice Age horse, the skeleton of a mammoth, and a number of human skulls were found at the same site as the ceramic artefacts.
Radio-carbon dating in the laboratories of the University of Pennsylvania and additional tests using the thermoluminescence method of dating pottery were performed to determine the age of the objects. Results indicated the objects were made about 6,500 years ago, around 4,500 BC. A team of experts at another university, shown Jalrud's half-dozen samples but unaware of their origin, ruled out the possibility that they could have been modern reproductions. However, they fell silent when told of their controversial source. In 1952, in an effort to debunk this weird collection which was gaining a certain amount of fame, American archaeologist Charles C. DiPeso claimed to have minutely examined the then 32,000 pieces within not more than four hours spent at the home of Julsrud. In a forthcoming book, long delayed by continuing developments in his investigation, archaeological investigator John H. Tierney, who has lectured on the case for decades, points out that to have done that DiPeso would have had to have inspected 133 pieces per minute steadily for four hours, whereas in actuality, it would have required weeks merely to have separated the massive jumble of exhibits and arranged them properly for a valid evaluation. Tierney, who collaborated with the later Professor Hapgood, the late William N. Russell, and others in the investigation, charges that the Smithsonian Institution and other archaeological authorities conducted a campaign of disinformation against the discoveries. The Smithsonian had, early in the controversy, dismissed the entire Acambaro collection as an elaborate hoax. Also, utilizing the Freedom of Information Act, Tierney discovered that practically the entirety of the Smithsonian's Julsrud case files are missing. After two expeditions to the site in 1955 and 1968, Professor Charles Hapgood, a professor of history and anthropology at the University of New Hampshire, recorded the results of his 18-year investigation of Acambaro in a privately printed book entitled MYSTERY IN ACAMBARO. Hapgood was initially an open-minded skeptic concerning the collection but became a believer after his first visit in 1955, at which time he witnessed some of the figures being excavated and even dictated to the diggers where he wanted them to dig.
Adding to the mind-boggling aspects of this controversy is the fact that the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, through the late Director of PreHispanic Monuments, Dr. Eduardo Noguera, (who, as head of an official investigating team at the site, issued a report which Tierney will be publishing), admitted "the apparent scientific legality with which these objects were found." Despite evidence of their own eyes, however, officials declared that because of the objects 'fantastic' nature, they had to have been a hoax played on Julsrud!
A disappointed but ever-hopeful Julsrud died. His house was sold and the collection put in storage. The collection is not currently open to the public
Ref: Steven Quayle
About 1542, within months of De Soto's and Coronado's expeditions, five-year-old Fray Diego Duran moved with his family to Mexico. He thus grew up among the central Mexican Indians and later served as a missionary to them. While living here, he several times came in contact with giant Indians. Of these encounters, he later wrote: "It cannot be denied that there have been giants in this country. I can affirm this as an eyewitness, for I have met men of monstrous stature here. I believe that there are many in Mexico who will remember, as I do, a giant Indian who appeared in a procession of the feast of Corpus Christi. He appeared dressed in yellow silk and a halberd at his shoulder and a helmet on his head. And he was all of three feet taller than the others."28
Spending his childhood in Texcoco gave Duran a unique opportunity to learn firsthand a great deal about the Aztecs and to become acquainted with early Mexican culture. Fortunately for us, he made the most of it. Because of his long and close association with these Indians, he became a recognized authority on their language, customs, and preColumbian history. For that reason, most scholars regard Duran's work as of "extraordinary importance." In his seventy-eight chapters, he details the history of Mexico from its origins down to the conquest and complete subjection of the country by the Spaniards. In gathering his information, Duran used a great number of pre-Hispanic, picture-writing manuscripts, which had to be explained to him by Indians well-trained in interpreting native hieroglyphics. During his thirty-two years among the Aztecs, he also interviewed many old Indians knowledgeable in the ancient ways and traditions of their people. From all these sources he learned about the giants. Bernardino de Sahagun and Joseph de Acosta, two other notable historians of about the same period, also knew about a tribe of giants who once occupied central Mexico, but Duran's book offers us the best and most complete account.
Duran writes that, according to the Aztecs, the giants and a bestial people of average size once had this land all to themselves. Then, in A.D. 902, six tribes of people from Teocolhuacan (also called Aztlan, i.e., "Land of Herons"), which "is found toward the north and near the region of La Florida," began arriving in Mexico. They soon took possession of the country. These six kindred tribes included the Xochimilca, the Chalca, the Tecpanec, the Colhua, the Tlalhuica, and the Tlaxcalans. A seventh tribe, the Aztecs, were brothers to these people, but they "came to live here three hundred and one years after the arrival of the others."
When these six tribes had settled, Duran continues, "they recorded in their painted books the type of land and kind of people they found here. These books show two types of people, one from the west of the snow-covered mountains toward Mexico, and the other on the east, where Puebla and Cholula are found. Those from the first region were Chichimecs and the people from Puebla and Cholula were 'The Giants,' the Quiname, which means 'men of great stature.'
"The few Chichimecs on the side of Mexico were brutal, savage men, and they were called Chichimecs because they were hunters. They lived among the peaks and in the harshest places of the mountain where they led a bestial existence. They had no human organization but hunted food like the beasts of the same mountain, and went stark naked without any covering on their private parts....
When the new nations came, these savage people showed no resistance or anger, but rather awe. They fled towards the hills, hiding themselves there.... The newly arrived people seeing, then, that the land was left unoccupied, chose at will the best places to live in.
"The other people who were found in Tlaxcala and Cholula and Huexotzinco are said to have been 'Giants.' These were enraged at the coming of the invaders and tried to defend their land. I do not have a very true account of this, and therefore will not attempt to tell the story that the natives told me even though it was long and worth hearing, of the battles that the Cholultecs fought with the Giants until they killed them or drove them from the country.
"These Giants lived no less bestially than the Chichimecs, as they had abominable customs and ate raw meat from the hunt. In certain places of that region enormous bones of the Giants have been found, which I myself have seen dug up at the foot of cliffs many times. These Giants flung themselves from precipices while fleeing from the Cholultecs and were killed. The Cholultecs had been extremely cruel to the Giants, harassing them, pursuing them from hill to hill, from valley to valley, until they were destroyed.
"Even if we detain the reader a little, I should like to tell the manner in which the people of Cholula and Tlaxcala annihilated that evil nation. This was done by treason and deceit. They pretended to want peace with the Giants, and after having assured them of their good will they invited them to a great banquet. An ambush was then prepared. Some men slyly robbed the guests of their shields, clubs, and swords. The Cholultecs then appeared and attacked. The Giants tried to defend themselves, and, as they could not find their weapons, it is said that they tore branches from the trees with the same ease as one cuts a turnip, and in this way defended themselves valiantly. But finally all were killed."29
Bernardino de Sahagun, who arrived in the Americas in 1523 and became the foremost authority in his time on the pre-conquest Aztec culture, mentions in his twelve-volume history on central Mexico that the "giants" of Quinametin were Toltecs and that they built both Teotihuacan and Cholula.30
In his History of the Indies, Joseph de Acosta tells a story of the giants very similar to Duran's, but he also adds this eyewitness account: "When I was in Mexico, in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred eighty six, they found one of those giants buried in one of our farms, which we call Jesus del Monte, of whom they brought a tooth to be seen, which (without augmenting) was as big as the fist of a man; and, according to this, all the rest was proportionable, which I saw and admired at his deformed greatness."
American Antiquarian, December, 1908
"A most remarkable fact connected with the Tower of Babel is that towers and temples as far away as Mexico and Cenral America seem to have been built after the same pattern and have traditions connected with them which remind us of this historic tower.
A Mexican manuscript in the Vatican Library has the following sentence:
"Before the great inundation, which took place 4,800 years after the creation of the world, the country of Anuhuac was inhabited by giants, and all who did not perish in the flood were turned into fishes, though one of the giants, surnamed Architect, went to Cholula and built an artificial hill in the form of a pyramid. The gods beheld it with wrath, for it was to reach to the clouds, so they hurled fire on the pyramid, and the work was discontinued"
Was there a giant race of humans before us? Could there been a giant race existing before the flood. One age of Man dying out being replaced by another. Reports of giant remains and skeletons being unearthed show convincing evidence that these giants indeed existed in a pre-existing culture. Read below of the Giant Races of the World.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
True Authority: Bigfoot
"Wild Man of the Woods." This is what the word "Sasquatch," originated from the Salish Indian tongue, means. Once inhabiting present day British Columbia, the native people of this land feared this "animal" more then the fiercest bear.
The Abominable Snowman . . . known for centuries by the Tibetans, Chinese, Indians and Nepalese as the "Yeti," meaning "All Devouring Demon." In 1925, Greek photographer N.A. Tombazi was on a British Geological Expedition when he spotted the creature at 15,000 feet. Later, Tombazi would state:
"Unquestionably, the figure in outline was exactly like a human being, walking upright and stopping occasionally to uproot or pull at some dwarf rhododendron bushes. It showed up dark against the snow and as far as I could make out, wore no clothes."
From all over the world, thousands of reports have come pouring in of strange, human-like beasts resembling an ape, and yet walking fully upright. Descriptions of the Sasquatch, for example, vary dramatically, leading some to believe that there is more than one species of creature roaming the forests of Western Canada and the USA's Pacific Northwest. However, the majority fall within the following parameters: six and a half to eight feet tall; body covered in short reddish-brown or black hair; very large human-like feet; distinct and very foul odor, like a cross between a skunk and a wet dog.
Though the natives of Canada (and America) were the first ones to give claim of a, what many have termed, "Big-Foot," the first hint that something unusual existed in the wilderness of western Canada presented itself in 1811, when Canadian trader David Thompson stumbled across several large footprints in the snow, reportedly measuring fifteen by eight inches, near what is now Jasper, Alberta. The first ever recorded encounter with a Sasquatch-type creature took place in 1884, outside the small town of Yale, B.C., when a train crew came face-to-face with a long-armed manlike creature covered with coarse black hair. The Victoria Daily Colonist described Jacko, as the creature had come to be known, as "something of the gorilla type", about four feet and seven inches tall, and that but for the hair covering his entire body and for the length of his forearm, he looked human.
Throughout history, these strange beings have been reported in the remote corners of most of the earth's continents. Tales suggest that they have always been around, these hairy, bipedal creatures, occupying a niche somewhere between humans and the rest of the animal kingdom, lurking in the farthest outskirts of civilization. But before you scoff at such tales of "mythical" creatures, reader, we ask that you consider the following. Ancient Babylon had its Enkidu, the hairy denizen of the epic of Gilgamesh, while the Anglo-Saxons thrilled to the menace of the giant Grendel, slain by Beowulf. Satyrs and other woods-dwelling beings haunted the Greeks. A dictionary compiled during China's Chou dynasty in 200 BC described the Feifei, a hairy, ten-foot-tall creature that resembled humans as well as orangutans but had a taste for human flesh. More than just recent fan-fare, the notorious "Big-Foot" has existed for countless centuries.
One of the first westerners to take note of a Yeti may have been a British army major named L.A. Waddell. In 1889, Waddell found what he took to be large footprints in the snow on a high peak northeast of Sikkim. Ten years later, in a memoir, he wrote:
"These were alleged to be the trail of the hairy wild man believed to live amongst the eternal snows. The belief in these creatures is universal among the Tibetans."
This account, however, was ignored in Europe and America for decades, until the creature was popularized by an unwitting error in the translation of its Napalese name.
The year was 1921. Members of a British expedition were climbing the north face of Mouth Everest when, to their astonishment as they reached 17,000 feet, they observed some dark figures moving around on a snowfield above them. When the explorers reached the spot, the creatures were no longer there, but apparantly had left behind some huge, humanlike footprints in the snow. The leader of the expedition, Lt. Col. Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury of the British army, later spoke of the incident with journalists in India, noting that his Sherpa guides called the elusive creatures metoh-kangmi. In fact, the name was a generic Nepalese term for several mountain creatures said to roam the area, but in the course of transmission to the world the word was mistakenly thought to be Tibetan and was translated as "Abominable Snowman."
To the Sherpas, a mountain-dwelling people of Nepal, the Yeti is a familiar figure that they have incorporated into their folklore with perhaps more humor then dread. Sherpa children are often frightened into obedience by references to these monsters, but they are always advised how to escape their clutches--run downhill, they are told, because in downhill pursuit a Yeti's hair tends to fall over its face.
The year was 1951. The Everest Reconnaissance Expedition set out to evaluate routes for an attempt to ascend Everest. At 18,000 feet, two of the climbers encountered fresh tracks, which they followed along the edge of the Menlung Glacier for nearly a mile. According to expedition leader Eric Shipton, writing later in the Times of London:
"...the tracks were mostly distorted by melting into oval impressions, slightly longer and a good deal broader than those made by our large mountain boots. But here and there where the snow covering the ice was thin, we came upon a well-preserved impression of the creature's foot. It showed three broad 'toes' and a broad 'thumb' to the side."
According to Shipton, the clearest of the impressions measured thirteen by eight inches.
The year was 1983. Mr. Li Mingzhi, a Chinese schoolteacher, was living in a village near a thick forest in Yunnan, China, when late one night many of the village dogs began to bark in an angry, excited way. Mr. Li, thinking perhaps some wild animal was prowling about in the village, picked up his hunting rifle and stepped outside. In the moonlit night, Mr. Li, according to his report, looked around and, to his horror, saw a figure coming towards him. At first glance he considered it to be one of his neighbors, but as he went to meet it, he suddenly found himself face-to-face with a huge "hairy creature." Simply staring at each other for a few minutes, the creature turned away and scurried off toward the forest.
A man by the name of William Roe, while hunting in Canada one day in 1955, came upon a creature he'd never forget for the rest of his life. Coming out of a little patch of trees, he suddenly stopped short. Not far away, stood an a "large furry creature."
At first, Mr. Roe thought the creature to be a grizzly bear standing upright on it two back legs. But the longer he looked at it, the more astounded he became. For, as he later told newspaper reporters, he realized that it wasn't a bear at all -- it looked like a giant, thick-chested human, covered with dark brown fur. Its nose was flat, it lips stuck out, and its eyes were small and dark. Catching site of Mr. Roe and staring at him for a moment, it turned, walking upright, and strode off into the nearby woods.
Reports In Brief
A story in a Canadian newspaper in 1884 told of a strange creature that had been captured near the town of Yale, British Columbia. It was said to be like a small man, above five feet (152 centimeters) tall, covered with thick hair, and tremendously strong. No one now knows what became of this creature, or what it might have been.
A man who had once been a miner claimed that he and other miners working in a canyon in the state of Washington had fought a battle against a group of hairy, apelike things.
A man who had been camping in Canada claimed that he was held prisoner for a time by a family of giant, apelike creatures.
Standing 2.5m tall, with long red hair and a taste for corn on the cob, Bigfoot is back and apparently running around a nature reserve in central China. State media said yesterday that Chinese scientists were on the trail of the legendary ape-like beast after a hunter reported seeing a huge fast-moving creature covered in long, red hair in Hubei province's Shennongjia Nature Reserve. The China Daily said the scientists found 40cm footprints, brown hair and chewed corn cobs at the spot where the hunter said he saw the beast.
LOCATION: Near the H. Roe Bartle Scout Camp, near Osceola - St. Clair County, Missouri.
OBSERVED: In the summer of 1982. I was 12 years old and went to my first Scout summer camp, near Osceola, Missouri. The entire region is part of the "Ozarks" with thousands of square miles of wilderness. One afternoon, myself and another scout were assigned to go to the next camp over, Camp Lonestar, to work on a Tower-Building merit badge. We got tired of this after about 2 hours and decided to walk the 10 miles back to Camp Frontier where my troop was - maybe we'd make it back in time for dinner. Asking one Scoutmaster if there was a shortcut between the camps, he said yes, and pointed us in the right direction. This trail had been used until 1970, when a flood had washed out a bridge. We proceeded about 3 miles down this trail when the forest canopy became so dense, it virtually blocked out almost all sunlight. The foliage on the forest floor was just as dense - someone standing just feet away could be lost to view.
Boulders & fallen trees were so thick the trail was soon lost, but we kept going in a Northeast direction, where we thought our camp was. We then heard a crashing sound through the underbrush coming from the Southeast. We stopped to listen & thought it might be a deer, which are common in this area. It was then I saw something that scared the ___ out of me. I saw 2 "Creatures" about 6 feet tall, covered in dark brown fur, about 100 feet away from us. They broke out of a thick stand of trees to my left, running faster than any human being could run, over serious obstacles such as large rocks, fallen trees, & thick undergrowth......faster than I ever could. They then crossed the path we were about to take about 80 feet in front of me, ran down rocky, log-filled embankment, JUMPED a 10-foot wide stream, and scrambled up the other side. They then disappeared into the forest on the other side of the stream. I froze with fear, not believing my own eyes. At first I thought I was looking at Chimpanzees, but these things were taller and bigger than me (I was 5'6" at 12 years old). These things seemed like they were "racing" each other much like children do. I saw them for about 10 seconds before they disappeared, and they definitely were bipedal, similar to Human form, and they were swinging their arms over their heads each time they jumped over a large obstacle, just like hurdlers would in a race.
There was no way I was going to go any further down this trail no matter what. We were scared out of our minds, and ran back the 4 or 5 miles to the main road as fast as we could. We then hitched a ride from a Scoutmaster back to our camp. When we returned, we told our Scoutmaster everything we saw. He didn't believe us - neither did anyone else. To this day I think of it, knowing that there is no way a human being could run that fast over logs & boulders & down a steep ravine like that in fur suit in 99 degree weather.
When I read some of the other sightings in the southern part of Missouri - I know that there are still unknown primates in that area. For anyone who has ever been in this region, the forests are so thick & there are so many limestone caves, ANYTHING could be hiding there.
Dear Mr. Niednagel, (True Authority)
Thank you for your interest in what I am trying to do in the Sasquatch field. I have been in Sasquatch research for over 30 years after seeing the Roger Patterson film in 1967, when it came to Eugene, Oregon, where I lived at the time.
I and my family had encounters with the creature two different times (1958 and 1959). As a young boy we had one raid our camp. On the second occasion I found tracks in shallow water along Iron creek in the GIFFORD PINCHOT National forest, near RANDEL,WA. We camped on Bradly Mountian. Anyway, we didn't know of Sasquatch until the 1967 film. I retired from Law enforcement after 21 1/2 years and put the knowledge I have learned to work. I have had four sightings of the creature known as Sasquatch. What I am trying to do is locate a specimen that will stay in one area in order to get people in your field to come in and take over for further study . . . then get protection for the rest. They are awesome creatures to see. I have "tracked" man, but nothing compares to these creatures. They show intelligence and speed . . . when they travel they cover large ground, and hide their tracks better then any animal I ever ran into. Though shy, they can be extremely dangerous. A Sasquatch can simply put fear into you like nothing else can. Perhaps we can learn something from this animal. They are very wood-wise, of course, since they live there. Again, I think we can learn a lot about ourselves from this creature and how to live with nature. My goal is to prove their existence . . . that they are not just some story told around campfires. I have collected hair samples, tracks, and feces to be tested and I will continue collecting this evidence for CRYPTOZOOLOGY studies.
In a large sense, it would be nearly comical to conduct a conclusion on the legendary bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti. There simply is too much that lies in the "unknown." While many honest people claim to have seen one, a physical (dead or alive) specimen has yet to be brought forth . . . leading many to scoff. While we do not scoff at the possibility of a living animal such as this, the lack of physical evidence does raise many questions. Indeed, as with every cryptid of our world, only time will tell.
Sasquatch and Native Americans
Credit: Henry Franzoni
I met Gayle Highpine, a Kootenai Indian, at a monthly meeting of the Western Bigfoot Society. She had published the following paper in a very early Track Record, and gave me permission to reprint it here on the conference. Gayle has traveled extensively among the various reservations and enclaves of North American Indians for the last 30 years. She was a member of A.I.M., the American Indian Movement, during the '70s. A female Indian who was always interested in the old ways, she was and is very interested in learning more about Sasquatch, and she has listened attentively to many medicine men's Sasquatch stories as she traveled from reservation to reservation.
I think her paper gives a good basic survey of Native American thought on the subject, and I find her obervation of the apparent division between "Flesh and Blood", thinkers and "Spiritual/Mystical" thinkers highly enlightening.
P.S. The Kootenai tribe's home basically is southeast British Columbia.
Attitudes Toward Bigfoot in Many North American Cultures
By Gayle Highpine
"Here in the Northwest, and west of the Rockies generally, Indian people regard Bigfoot with great respect. He is seen as a special kind of being, because of his obvious close relationship with humans. Some elders regard him as standing on the "border" between animal-style consciousness and human-style consciousness, which gives him a special kind of power. (It is not that Bigfoot's relationship to make him "superior" to other animals; in Indian culture, unlike western culture, animals are not regarded as "inferior" to humans but rather as "elder brothers" and "teachers" of humans. But tribal cultures everywhere are based on relationship and kinship; the closer the kinship, the stronger the bond. Man Indian elders in the Northwest refuse to eat bear meat because of the bear's similarity to humans, and Bigfoot is obviously much more similar to humans than is the bear. As beings who blend the "natural knowledge" of animals with something of the distinctive type of consciousness called "intelligence" that humans have, Bigfoot is regarded as a special type of being."
"But, special being as he is, I have never heard anyone from a Northwestern tribe suggest that Bigfoot is anything other than a physical being, living in the same physical dimensions as humans and other animals. He eats, he sleeps, he poops, he cares for his family members. However, among many Indians elsewhere in North America... as widely separated at the Hopi, the Sioux, the Iroquois, and the Northern Athabascan -- Bigfoot is seen more as a sort of supernatural or spirit being, whose appearance to humans is always meant to convey some kind of message."
"The Lakota, or western Sioux, call Bigfoot Chiye-tanka (Chiha-tanka in Dakota or eastern Sioux); "chiye" means "elder brother" and "tanka" means "great" or "big". In English, though, the Sioux usually call him "the big man". In his book "The spirit of Crazy Horse," (Viking, 1980), a non-fiction account of the events dramatized by the excellent recent movie "Thunderheart", author Peter Mathiessen recorded some comments about Bigfoot made by traditional Sioux people and some members of other Indian nations. Joe Flying By, a Hunkpapa Lakota, told Mathiessen, "I think the Big Man is a kind of husband of Unk-ksa, the earth, who is wise in the way of anything with its own natural wisdom. Sometimes we say that this One is a kind of reptile from the ancient times who can take a big hairy form; I also think he can change into a coyote. Some of the people who saw him did not respect what they were seeing, and they are already gone."
"There is your Big man standing there, ever waiting, ever present, like the coming of a new day," Oglala Lakota Medicine Man Pete Catches told Mathiessen. "He is both spirit and real being, but he can also glide through the forest, like a moose with big antlers, as though the trees weren't there... I know him as my brother... I want him to touch me, just a touch, a blessing, something I could bring home to my sons and grandchildren, that I was there, that I approached him, and he touched me."
Ray Owen, son of a Dakota spiritual leader from Prairie Island Reservation in Minnesota, told a reporter from (the) Red Wing (Minnesota) Republican Eagle, "They exist in another dimension from us, but can appear in this dimension whenever they have a reason to. See, it's like there are many levels, many dimensions. When our time in this one is finished, we move on to the next, but the Big Man can go between. The Big Man comes from God. He's our big brother, kind of looks out for us. Two years ago, we were going downhill, really self-destructive. We needed a sign to put us back on track, and that's why the Big Man appeared".
Ralph Gray Wolf, a visiting Athapaskan Indian from Alaska, told the reporter, "In our way of beliefs, they make appearances at troubled times", to help troubled Indian communities "get more in tune with Mother Earth". Bigfoot brings "signs or messages that there is a need to change, a need to cleanse," (Minn. news article, "Giant Footprint Signals a Time to Seek Change," July 23,1988).
Mathiessen reported similar views among the Turtle Mountain Ojibway in North Dakota, that Bigfoot --- whom they call Rugaru -- "appears in symptoms of danger or psychic disruption to the community." When I read this, I wondered if it contradicted my hypothesis that the Ojibways had identified Bigfoot with Windago, the sinister cannibal-giant of their legends (see Track Record #14); I had surmised that because I had never heard of any other names for, or references to Bigfoot in Ojibway culture, even though there must have been sightings in woodlands around the Great lakes, and indeed sightings in that region have been reported by non-Indians. But the Turtle Mountain band is one of the few Ojibway bands to have moved much farther west than most of their nation; and Rugaru is not a native Ojibway word. Nor does it come from the languages of neighboring Indian peoples. However, it has a striking sound similarity to the French word for werewolf, loup- garou, and there is quite a bit of French influence among the Turtle Mountain Ojibway. (French-Canadian trappers and missionaries were the first whites that they dealt with extensively, and many tribal members today bear French surnames), so it doesn't seem far-fetched that the Turtle Mountain Ojibway picked up the French name for hairy human- like being, while at the same time taking on their neighbors positive, reverent, attitude toward Bigfoot. After all, the Plains Cree -- even though they retain a memory of their eastern cousins tradition of the Wetiko (as the Windigo is called in Cree) -- have seemed similarly to take on the western tribes view of Bigfoot as they moved west.
The Hopi elders say that the increasing appearances of Bigfoot are not only a message or warning to the individuals or communities to whom he appears, but to humankind at large. As Mathiessen puts it, they see Bigfoot as "a messenger who appears in evil times as a warning from the Creator that man's disrespect for His sacred instructions has upset the harmony and balance of existence." To the Hopi, the "big hairy man" is just one form that the messenger can take.
The Iroquois (Six Nations Confederacy) of the Northeast -- although they live in close proximity to the eastern Algonkian tribes with their Windigo legends -- view Bigfoot much in the same way the Hopi do, as a messenger from the Creator trying to warn humans to change their ways or face disaster. However, mentioned among Iroquois much more often than Bigfoot are the "little people" who are said to inhabit the Adirondacks mountains. I never heard any first-hand stories among the Iroqouis about encounters with these "little people" -- for that matter, I never heard and first- hand stories in that region about Bigfoot, either -- but the Iroquois pass down stories about hunters who occasionally saw small human-like beings in the Adirondacks (which are not all that far from the Catskills, where Rip Van Winkle was alleged to have met some little bowlers) (and slept for 100 years -HF). Some present-day Iroquois assert that the "little people" are still there, just not seen as often because the Iroquois don't spend as much time hunting up in the mountains as they used to. many Iroquois seem to regard both Bigfoot and the "little people" as spiritual or interdimensional beings who can enter or leave our physical dimension as they please, and choose to whom they present themselves, always for a reason.
Stories about small, humanoids who inhabit wild places are found in many areas of the world, especially Europe. (The Kiowa tell a story about several young men who decide to go exploring south from their Texas home for many days, seeing many new things, until they came to a strange forest [obviously the jungles of southern Mexico] whose trees were home to small, furred humanoids with tails! This they found to be too weird, so they immediately headed back for home). I never thought to connect the stories about the "little people" with the Sasquatch until Ray Crowe brought up the possible connection. After all, if there may be large relatives of humans living in remote areas, would it be so impossible for there to be small ones? Details that stretch credibility, such as pots of gold, pointed and belled caps, games of ninepins, etc., could conceivably be embellishments added over generations to some genuine accounts of sightings.
Throughout Native North America, Bigfoot is seen as a kind of "brother" to humans. Even among those eastern Algonkian tribes to whom Bigfoot represents the incarnation of the Windigo -- the human who is transformed into a cannibalistic monster by tasting human flesh in time of starvation -- his fearsomeness comes from his very closeness to humans. The Windigo is the embodiment of the hidden, terrifying temptation within them to turn to eating other humans when no other food is to be had. he was still their "elder brother", but a brother who represented a human potential they feared. As such, the Windigo's appearance was sort of a constant warning to them, a reminder that a community whose members turn to eating each other is doomed much more surely than a community that simply has no food. So the figure of the Windigo is not so far removed from the figure of the "messenger" coming to warn humankind of impending disaster if it doesn't cease its destruction of nature.
The existence of Bigfoot is taken for granted throughout Native North America, and so are his powerful psychic abilities. I can't count the number of times that I have heard elder Indian people say that Bigfoot knows when humans are searching for him and that he chooses when and to whom to make an appearance, and that his psychic powers account for his ability to elude the white man's efforts to capture him or hunt him down. In Indian culture, the entire natural world -- the animals, the plants, the rivers, the stars -- is seen as a family. And Bigfoot is seen as one of our close relatives, the "great elder brother"1
1 Gayle Highpine, writing in "The Track Record", #18, Copyright July, 1992
A small P.S. from Henry:
The Clackamas Indians (a branch of the Chinook), maintain that in the lands of the headwaters of the Clackamas river, adolescent Bigfeet beings have to pass a test to become an adult members of the Bigfoot tribe. They must jump in front of a human on a trail, and wave their hands in front of the humans face, without being seen.
Chris Murphy's thoughts on Sasquatch
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Going on the assumption that no knowledge is useless, and also risking that I may possibly offend some researchers, I offer the following DID YOU KNOW items. These are little things that jumped out at me in the reading and research I have done on Bigfoot. If I am not correct, please tell me so.
DID YOU KNOW...
1. The Encyclopedia Canadiana is probably the only encyclopedia that lists SASQUATCH (At least it is the only one I can find). The article gives the well-known general information about the creature and then states: "The finding in 1932 of remains of a long-extinct race of giants in Mexico gave some impetus to the belief that the remnants of a prehistoric race of troglodytes may have survived in B.C. (British Columbia)."
2. The Bigfoot creature shown in the Patterson/Gimlin film has a curious skirt of long hair around the lower portion of its buttocks. This "skirt" appears to be very matted and would probably retain feces which often occurs with other animals with hair in this region. Could this account for a part of the odor associated with Bigfoot?
3. There is a species of Asian monkeys that likes to bath and socialize in sulphur hot springs. Sulphur smells like rotten eggs, so these monkeys probably smell the same way after their bath. Bigfoot is often associated with a "rotten egg" odor and we have losts of sulphur hot springs in the Pacific Northwest.
4. Bigfoot Beds, which appear to be construced by some animal for the purpose of resting, often contain Bear Grass. Bear Grass is exceedingly difficult to pull out from the ground. It is also very sharp and hard to break off. It would appear that two factors are required to obtain this grass - great strength and a hand (something with fingers). Some animals we know have hands - raccoons and squirrels and members of the ape family.
5. Bigfoot footprints are almost in a straight line, rather than an alternating line as with human prints. Could this possibly have something to do with the weight and structure of the creature?
6. Many authorities on Bigfoot, including Rene Dahinden, are of the opinion that the footprints, handprints, photographs and videos obtained from the Walla Walla area since 1982 are "blatant fakes."
7. In the Patterson/Gimlin film, the creature's feet "turn out" as they come down to meet the ground. The slant of the foot can be seen quite clearly in one of the still photographs from the film.
8. Rhododendron plants are mentioned in articles relative to the Yeti. Specifically, the creature was seen in these plants (possibly eating them?). Rhododendrons are common in the Pacific Northwest and probably elsewhere in North America.
9. In the Patterson/Gimlin film, the creature has conspicuous buttocks, Gorillas and apes do not have buttocks which are that pronouced.
10. In the Patterson/Gimlin film, the creature appears to have a mane (long and heavy hair growing about the back of the neck). Krao, the side-show monkey-girl of the last century (1880's) who was billed as "Darwin's Missing Link," also had a mane.
11. In the Patterson/Gimlin film, the creature appears to have little or no hair in the region about its loins. One theory is that the creature's huge arms constantly rub this area which would limit hair growth. Then again, even very hairy humans (men) have little hair in this area. It appears the body depends more on fat to protect itself around the loins (much to the dismay of many of us). It is hard to believe that a hoax would include such detail.
12. It is common knowledge that the Bigfoot creature in the Patterson/Gimlin film is female. However, given this fact, we can justify sightings of much larger creatures because females are generally smaller than males in the animal kingdom.
Christopher L. Murphy
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New Westminster, British Columbia
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Bigfoot discovered out picking violets
Monday May 27 1996
Bigfoot discovered out picking violets
By Paul Sieveking
OVER THE past three decades in the American north-west, there have been hundreds of sightings of a furry, muscular primate known as "Bigfoot"; but physical evidence for the creature's existence - blurry video footage, recordings of howlings, and casts of large footprints - has been ambiguous and less than convincing. A possible breakthrough might now be in the offing.
Last summer, odd screams were heard up in the Blue Mountains round Walla Walla in south-east Washington state. Cattle and wildlife began behaving oddly, as if disturbed by something. On August 4, Wes Summerlin, a local resident, drove up into the mountains with Paul Freeman, a veteran Bigfoot hunter, and Bill Laughery, a former game warden.
They hiked in off Mill Creek Road and started climbing. Then Summerlin got a "whiff of something, like somebody skinning muskrats". They were in an area where they had seen Bigfoot tracks before. Summerlin and Laughery reached a clearing, where they found a number of small trees twisted and broken, so fresh they were still dripping sap.
There were large clumps of long hair, some black, some dark brown, caught on the trees where they were broken. They both caught sight of a seven-foot ape-like creature and heard the screams of two others. The creature was observed through binoculars at a distance of 90 feet, eating yellow wood violets. The trackers also found droppings two to five inches long, full of half-eaten carpenter ants, and fallen trees that had been pulled apart for the ants inside.
The hair clumps have been given to Frank Pourier, chairman of the anthropology department at Ohio State University, who is using a DNA test developed by the FBI for analysis of hair strands that lack the roots normally needed for identification. If the clumps turn out to come from an unknown primate, Pourier will compare them with a single hair reputed to be from the Chinese "wildman" given to him by Chinese peasants during a 1989 expedition. The latter does not match any known primates, according to a chemical analysis performed at Shanghai University.
The China Travel Service in Hubei offered 500,000 yuan (stlg37,000) for bringing in a live wildman
The hunt for China's wildman has been pursued since 1959, with more than 200 reported sightings. Footprints, samples of hair and faeces have been obtained, but no creatures captured or photographed. The latest publicised sighting was in September 1993, when a group of Chinese engineers saw three of them roaming the trails of the Shennongjia National Forest Park in western Hubei province.
On October 27, 1994, the Chinese government set up a new body, the Committee for the Search of Strange and Rare Creatures, one of whose aims was to investigate wildman reports. Its members included scientists from the Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The largest cast of a supposed wildman footprint is 16 inches long, leading to the assumption that the creatures could weigh as much as 660lbs (47 stone) and stand more than 7ft tall. The committee has studied eight hair specimens, believed to have come from animals ranging throughout China and Tibet. None, they say, comes from humans or any known animal. The hair varies from black, collected in Yunnan province, to white from Tibet, to the reddish brown of the creatures seen by Hubei villagers.
A 30-strong expedition to find a wildman set out for the mountains of Hubei on April 7, 1995, led by Professor Yuan Zhengxin, chairman of the new committee. "I am certain that within three years we will have captured one of these wild men," he blustered. The China Travel Service in Hubei offered 500,000 yuan (stlg37,000) for bringing in a live wildman, stlg3,700 for a dead specimen, up to stlg2,960 for photographs or video recordings, and stlg740 for hair or faeces.
On July 11, the news agency Xinhua announced that most of the expedition members had returned to Beijing empty-handed, but stated: "There are clues that the mysterious animal is still roaming in the forest. The evidence is under analysis." As with the Ohio tests, the results of the expedition have yet to be published.
Paul Sieveking is editor of Fortean Times
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ON THE TRAIL OF BIGFOOT: TALL TALE OR HUGE CRITTER?
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Date: Wednesday, June 30, 1993 Source: By Hugh Dellios, Chicago Tribune.
Section: NEWS Column: Assignment: Willow Creek.
Dateline: WILLOW CREEK, Calif.
Copyright Chicago Tribune
ON THE TRAIL OF BIGFOOT: TALL TALE OR HUGE CRITTER?
From one end of Humboldt County to the other, unsuspecting visitors might run into Bigfoot, the legendary ape-man, over and over again.
Tourists can fill up at the Bigfoot gas station in McKinleyville. They can join locals playing nine holes at the Bigfoot Golf & Country Club. And new residents can join the Bigfoot chapter of the Lions Club in Willow Creek.
Since the 1930s more than 120 sightings of the giant mountain-dwelling beast or its tracks have been reported in the dense forests of the Klamath-Siskiyou high country, along the Pacific coast of Northern California.
The creature's existence has never been confirmed by scientists. Nevertheless, people who say they've seen it give similar descriptions: a hairy ape-like being, 300 to 400 pounds, 7 or 8 feet tall and walking upright. It usually shies away from people, but once in a while it is said to play with oil drums, trucks, construction equipment. Property damage has been reported, but not human injury.
Something similar is known in several parts of the world. In Siberia, Bigfoot is called the Yeti or the Abominable Snowman. In British Columbia it's Sasquatch.
But folks in Humboldt County attend their annual Bigfoot Daze festival in Willow Creek-a parade and carnival every Labor Day weekend-confident that they have a more legitimate claim to the legend than anyone else.
It was just north of Willow Creek in 1967 that a Bigfoot buff named Roger Patterson shot a film of the creature referred to as "Marukarar" in the ancient lore of local Indians. There have been more recent Bigfoot films, but Patterson's is still the only one that isn't routinely dismissed as a fake.
Patterson had purposely gone hunting for Bigfoot. His film is about a minute long and was shot from 90 feet away, he said. The beast is seen in a creek bed; it turns and faces the camera, then turns back and walks down the creek and out of view. Patterson described the creature as a female, 7 feet tall, perhaps 350 pounds.
The number of weekend Bigfoot hunters arriving in this town of 1,050 has tapered off since the craze that followed the release of Patterson's film. But an occasional sighting, dutifully reported in the local newspapers, keeps a trickle of tourists heading into the area after they've viewed the 1,000-year-old trees in Redwood National Park to the north.
"The legend is still alive, and we do what we can to promote it," said Dona DePaoli, vice president of the Humboldt County Convention and Visitors Bureau, who has been known to wear hairy Bigfoot slippers at trade shows.
"I'm rather convinced," said Al Hodgson, 69, who sells Bigfoot souvenirs at his department store in Willow Creek, "though I am bothered by the fact that it's been all this time and there's been no concrete proof."
Rumors circulated recently that a state road worker had seen Marukarar but didn't report it to the papers because he was afraid everyone would laugh at him.
Hodgson frequently has gone to the scene of reported Bigfoot sightings and has made about a half-dozen plaster casts of the beast's tracks. One of the casts is sitting in a showcase at the China Flat museum, a small collection of vintage logging equipment and other artifacts run by Hodgson's sister, Judy Chase.
Chase said the sheer number of sightings has her convinced.
"There was a case of a person making fake tracks," Chase said, "but he couldn't go all over and make all those tracks."
On a museum wall is posted a list of all significant Bigfoot sightings in the area since the 1930s. Among them was the time a fellow named Mark Karr said he drove his auto into a tree in September 1975 to avoid hitting a Bigfoot in the road.
Two years earlier, a logging truck driver with slower reflexes said his front grille was badly damaged when he hit a 7-foot Bigfoot near Orick. The beast apparently wasn't hurt enough to be captured.
In June 1962 Robert Hatfield claimed he was knocked down after running smack into the chest of a Bigfoot on the front porch of his cabin. His friend, Bud Jensen, supported his story, and a muddy, 11-inch handprint was found on the cabin's front door.
In 1963 Thomas Sourwine reported that something repeatedly lifted a 300-pound boulder and used it to smash his road-building equipment near Bluff Creek.
In the fall of 1958 a local newspaper editor reported seeing animal droppings so big they came either from a Bigfoot or "a 2-ton bear."
Comment: This article mentions the Abonimable Snowman being from Siberia. In fact the Abonimable Snowman (it's acronym is ABSM; as used by Ivan Sanderson), more correctly the Yeti (also called the meh-teh; there is also one other; a bigger, more ferocious one, called the dzu-teh ["big-thing"], but the most frequently seen is the meh-teh), is from the Himlayan mountains in Nepal and Southern China. There are man-like cryptids all over Asia, but what the article is thinking of are probably the Almasty, supposed surviving Neandertals which range throughout Palearctic Asia.
Friday, April 28, 2006
The Railroad Factor: Findings of a Bigfoot Researcher
by Drew Vics
In 1980, Lou Miller and two of his college friends were returning from a short trip into town to buy snacks. They were walking along Hocking Valley Scenic Railway tracks, in Athens County, Ohio, toward their dorms at Hocking Technical College, and had crossed the railway bridge over the Hocking River about 150 yards back when they saw it, a dark silhouette crossing the tracks ahead of them. It had stepped through the path of light from a streetlight quite some distance ahead, where the college road crosses the tracks.
Lou and his friends continued on, and soon noticed a strong "wet dogs" oder. Turning to his right Lou saw the creature standing about 10 to 15 feet away. Lou estimated the creatures height at about 7 feet tall, based on the relative height of the creatures eyes, which were shining in the moonlight.
Scared, Lou dropped his groceries and ran toward the dorms with his two friends fast on his heels. Later he and a friend would return by car for another look. As they approched the location of the sighting Lou felt the hairs stand up on the back of his neck and he began to perspire. Overcome with fright, Lou stopped the car and wouldn't proceed.
the following day an article was printed in the Athens Messenger reporting many other sightings of a bigfoot creature in the area.
Being where Bigfoot should be
Since that night back in 1980, Lou Miller has been researching and investigating Bigfoot sightings across the northern United States, primarily in Ohio, and has developed a strategy which has ensured many repeat sightings and encounters with Bigfoot in the wild.
What's that strategy? After studying hundreds of reports full-time between 2003 and 2004, and examining maps of the sighting areas, sometimes spending more than 40 hours in a week on his research, Lou discovered that 71% of all reports he examined had one remarkable coincidence: there are railroad tracks within 2 nautical miles of the reported sighting.
Lou uses his knowledge of criminal science, which he studied in college, to help in his investigations. Aside from this his luck in spotting Bigfoot creatures, encountering evidence of their existence and experiencing their reaction to humans, is directly related to his investigative approach. He wisely selects areas to explore based on examination of a variety of maps, including topographical, old railroad maps, and wildlife distribution, as well as others, and the majority of his field work is done in areas near railroads and with readily accessible water sources.
Lou comments, "I try to place myself where they could and should be, not where they were last month or last year... I try to put myself in bigfoots shoes, where would I want to be?"
Along with the excitement of sighting and studying these large, unknown creatures in the wilderness, Lou has had other adventures as well, and some not so desireable, like his encounter with growers of illegal substances, when he was "shot at by a bunch of dope heads who thought I was after their cash crop!"
Lou continues his research, as a hobby, and regularly contributes his findings and shares in varied Bigfoot discussions through internet groups such as the Yahoo! group "Bigfoot", moderated by Loren Coleman, long time Bigfoot researcher, cryptozoologist and author.
Could these mysterious creatures be using railroad tracks as a navigational tool, establishing common routes instead of just wandering through the woods? Maybe there is something to Lou's theory which warrents further thought. Next time you hear a train whistle blow, consider that you may be sharing the experience with Bigfoot, standing in the shadows of the wilderness, following the path of the train.
THE MURPHY FILE NEWSLETTER #9
Newsletter #9 April 30 2006 Editor: Chris Murphy email@example.com
It appears I have taken something for granted, so need to clear the air. I have considered material provided to me in connection with this newsletter as intended for subsequent publication. This, however, does not appear to be the intent in all cases. To be on the safe side from here on, I will confirm usage of material and send originators a draft showing what I intend to show in the newsletter.
Also, there is an error in the last newsletter, the author who works with Paul Cropper in Tony Healy, not Tom Healy. Please correct this for me if you are posting or forwarding the newsletter.
Did you Know, Nice to Know, or Need to Know
Marlon Davis sent me the following information which I fine very intriguing. "In response to your newsletter, with the long toed Yowie. I don't know if you realize it, but there are humans with long toes, and possessing a mid tarsal break. I say there are, but unfortunately these people took a hit from measles, and being forced by missionaries to wear clothes, and it wiped them out ... or at least they say.
This photo was taken in the 1920's. Group Photo - Click Here These people are called the Yahgans. They lived in Tierra del Fuego, down at the extreme end of South America. This would be the southern equivalent to Point Barrow Alaska. Precipitation falls there 300 days out of the year. The water temperature hovers near freezing. The wind blows constantly. Yet these people went about completely naked, with no ill effects. The women dove for muscles. Charles Darwin anchored the Beagle off the coast of Tierra del Fuego, and these people came out in canoes. He said that he observed a woman suckling a child, and there was sleet on the child and the woman's bosom - both completely naked. Besides their indifference to cold, the Yahgans could grip rocks with their feet and hold on to them in a gale. ( Click Here for Darwin's detailed observations.)
They hunted by throwing rocks, and were very accurate with them. The men suffered from a psycho-neurotic disorder that appears to be congenital. They would go into a violent trance, preceded by melancholy. Whenever they felt themselves becoming this way, they would ask to be tied up, until it passed. The Yahgan name was given them by the missionaries, but the name that they called themselves was Yamanas. This meant literally...."alive", or living ones. They were an anthropological treasure trove, and yet were hardly studied at all before they disappeared. Look at the toes in the group photo - Toes Detail - Click Here. Also notice in the group photo that the breasts of the women begin very low down." (Reference: Richard Lee Marks, Three Men of the Beagle, Click Here for details )
I think we can gather from this information that sasquatch would not have any trouble living in cold climates. Nevertheless, I do note in additional material Marlon sent to me that the Yahgans did use fire for warmth and cooking (Tierra del Fuego means " Land of fire," so named for the smoking fires these people kept going constantly). One thing that intrigued me a little was the shelters the Yahgans built Click Here. This is what is said about them: "The Yahgans did not live in caves nor did they build huts or houses, they had "wigwams," but that word is misused to describe their shelters. They would find some fallen wood, a few boughs to pull together to serve as a support, and would pile tall grass and reeds against the sticks to make a kind of windbreaker." This is the type of structure I would envision sasquatch would make.
And let's talk about fire for a minute or two. As fire, to my knowledge, is not used (controlled) by any animals except human beings, I would think that it might be used as a bit of an indicator as to whether or not a creature is human or non-human. Nevertheless, at some very distant point in the past (beyond 1.4 to 1.5 Million years ago) humans (or whatever we were then) possibly did not use/control fire. That the sasquatch does not appear to use fire, puts its intelligence much lower than that of human beings; certainly lower than ANY human beings on this planet. When we use the words "ape-man" or "man-ape," the inference is 50/50, but I would think any creature that was 50% human, and even much, much less, would still learn how to control fire. In my mind, this is the main and strongest argument for the Green/Bindernagel stand that the sasquatch is an "ape," there is no "man" whatsoever. Nevertheless, having said all of that, there are cases where sasquatch have been seen playing with fire. Disregarding domesticated chimps that can be taught to smoke cigars, all animals, to my knowledge, have an inherent fear of fire. So perhaps the sasquatch is a notch or two up the ladder, but absolutely well below the human threshold, whatever that might be. (Recent findings on man's use of fire Click Here.)
Matt Crowley has jumped in regarding my discussion on the Hyampom footprint: "With all due respect I must disagree with the conclusion drawn in your latest newsletter.The enclosed photographs show tracks I made with a rigid prosthetic foot I fabricated using an old tennis shoe, some two part urethane casting compound, and a clay female mold. I made the tracks by bounding around on some mud flats here in Seattle, down by the Duwamish River. I had no idea that a totally rigid prosthetic foot was capable of making these kind of tracks until I actually tried it. As you can see in my photographs, the heel and toes have “dug in” while the mid-foot has not." Click the following to see the prints: Print #1 Print #2 Print #3 Print #4, and here is the foot sole with a tennis shoe Matt constructed to make the prints, Click Here
Here is what an impression looks like when a solid plaster cast is pushed down directly into soft sand Click Here . This print was made from Dahinden's "master" cast of the 1958 Bluff Creek print found and cast by Bob Titmus. Dahinden glued the cast onto a flat base so that pressure could be somewhat evenly applied when the cast was pushed into soft sand. Click Here . The finished cast copies on the left are from the P/G film site casts. He did not use the same process to make these casts; just simply pushed the master casts into the sand (no block).
Jim Roberts of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the first, to my knowledge, to win an award for sasquatch art. Jim's carving of a sasquatch took a first place ribbon at the Prairie Canada Carvers' Association competition. The 14-inch high carving is shown here: Click Here View #1 Click Here View #2. Jim tells me he used illustrations in Dr. John Bindernagel's book, and Robert Bateman's painting for inspiration. Congratulations Jim. Here is Jim's website - lots of great carvings Click Here
While I was down in Texas last year for their Bigfoot Conference, Craig Woolheater took me out to Lake Worth. I was amused to see alligator warning signs, so had Craig take a photo of me standing by one Click Here. Craig sort of said, really nothing to be concerned about, but I was still a little uneasy. He just sent me this clip Click Here. Can you imagine meeting something like that face to face! I would much rather meet a sasquatch. Thanks Craig, (nothing to be concerned about, yea right).
A sasquatch exhibit at the Idaho Museum of Natural History, Pocatello, is in the making. Everything I have was packed up Click Here (but that's not all) and shipped April 23. The museum is now sorting things out and planning their exhibit. Dr. Jeff Meldrum will be adding his casts and posters, etc., so the exhibit will be the most comprehensive (if not the largest) ever held. I now have my spare room back, and save my photographs and books, one would hardly know I am involved in sasquatch research. Here is the museum's website Click Here . When accessed, click on the first entry COMING SOON: Bigfoot Invades IMNH for full details. Here's the site for the Bigfoot Rendezvous Click Here (June 16/17/18) that will start the ball rolling.
Not much sasquatch research on my part in the last two weeks. I have been getting it together with my photographs, which number in the thousands. When one gets to this point, albums or file boxes are hopeless for quick referencing. The only way to go is proper Acme Visible or Kardex files. Files1 Click Here Files 2 Click Here. The "tower" seen has the capacity for about 10,000 photographs (up to 8" x 5"). Naturally, I have tons of digital images as well, but I always take regular photos of anything important, or that might be needed for publication.
Up here (or down here) in British Columbia, we have Sasquatch Beer, and now Sasquatch Bread Click Here and then Click Here . Both are really great stuff if you happen to be in the neighborhood.
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Thursday, April 27, 2006
Hunter shoots grolar bear – or was it a pizzly?
Last Updated Wed, 26 Apr 2006 15:17:33 EDT
An American sport hunter might end up in court after killing an odd-looking bear north of Sachs Harbour in the Northwest Territories.
Jim Martell was out hunting polar bear on the tundra near Sachs, 1,150 kilometres north of Yellowknife, when his local guide spotted the animal.
"Well, the guide, he said 'shoot', and he's a longtime guide there in Sachs Harbour and he knows what a polar bear is," said Martell, who had a permit for the hunt.
"I'd seen other polar bears while I was hunting and he looked just like [one] to me. So I wouldn't have hesitated and I don't think any other hunter would have."
But now the outfitter says the animal might be a cross between a polar bear and a grizzly. The hide isn't bright white like a polar bear, or brown like a grizzly's. It's more a dirty blonde.
Hide confiscated for DNA testing
A wildlife officer confiscated the hide from Martell on Tuesday and the Department of Environment is taking a DNA sample. If it's a grizzly, Martell could be charged with illegal possession of wildlife because he didn't have a permit to hunt that type of bear.
Now facing a fine of $1,000 or a year in jail, Martell's not impressed.
"Y'know, I've spent $50,000 here. And ... to come back with nothing, I don't think that's fair," he said.
"But I have recourses I think, maybe. I'm not going to let it go."
Although grizzly bears have been known to travel to the Arctic islands, they generally stay on the mainland.
Ian Sterling, a research scientist who has been studying polar bears in the Beaufort Sea region for more than 30 years, says if the reports are true, the bear is unlike anything he's ever seen.
He said it's hard to say if the animal is the product of cross-species love.
"The probability of a grizzly and a polar bear actually mating is actually pretty low," he said. "Partly because polar bears mate on the sea ice and grizzly bears mate on the land."
The Department of Environment says it will keep the mysterious bear hide until the investigation is over
Wild animal sighted
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
MONTGOMERY -- A township woman reported seeing an animal that resembles a mountain lion roaming through wooded area behind her home, police said yesterday.
The animal was spotted at about 8 p.m. Monday behind a home on Harvard Circle but the homeowner waited approximately an hour before calling police, said Lt. Robert Palmer.
The woman and her 12-year-old son were outside when they observed a tan animal weighing anywhere from 60 to 80 pounds meandering just outside a grassy area near their home, Palmer said.
"The animal wasn't acting aggressively," said Palmer, adding that a similar sighting was reported in that area two years ago.
Palmer said police have no evidence that the animal was indeed a mountain lion but have two theories.
"It could be an exotic animal that a pet owner released because it got too big or it could be a coyote," he said.
Police would contact the Department of Environmental Protection if additional sightings are reported, Palmer said.
Review of the four-hour Bigfoot show on the XZone
This show took place on April 26th, 2006, and featured in the first hour Robert W. Morgan and Loren Coleman. They discussed with Rob McConnell their theories on what Bigfoot is as well as telling different stories about the Sasquatch. The second hour had Eric Altman of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society and lawyer Robert Purser discussing their views of protecting Sasquatch. Sean Forker and myself were the guests for the third hour, and we were asked about different aspects of the Sasquatch mystery, including the Skookum Cast, winter migration patterns, the Patterson/Gimlin film and other different things in the Bigfoot field. Leo Selzer described his own encounters in the fourth and final hour, as well as Kathy Moskowitz-Strain commenting on her research. The show was great and was done well. Rob, as always, is the consummate gentleman host, and treated me very well. Thank you to the XZone and Rob McConnell for your hospitality, and I hope to be on the show again. Thanks also goes out to Sean Forker for arranging the show and the guests. Deeply-appreciated, guys!!!