Bigfoots aren’t the only unknown hairy biped in the world. There are the yeti, orang pendek, tari, yowie, and others. Indeed, almost every continent has a hirsute representative. The books below are my best recommendations that will acquaint you with them.
This field guide is a sturdy, foldable, and informative guide to many of the reported hairy hominoids throughout the world. The yeti, amasti, orang pendek, and more are detailed as precisely as can be in such a concise tome. Footprint photographs or diagrams adorn the publication, and a ruler built-in to the margins makes this an authentic field guide for our internationally bigfooting brethren.
Hunting the Gugu
By Benedict Allen
The book is written from an adventurer/naturalist’s perspective and mostly details the author’s adventures in seeking some information about the orang gugu, a little-known cryptid ape species on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The animals are not so much the focus as are Allen’s amazing adventures, interactions, struggles, and victories. Hunting the Gugu is an excellent account of the author’s expedition with some information about the gugu along the way. In fact, this is one of only a small handful of books that even mention such a thing as the orang gugu, and that in itself gives this book value. What’s more, it’s dirt cheap (or was as of this writing).
I cannot recommend this book enough for anyone interested in the various “wildmen” living thoughout Indonesia in particular, but Southeast Asia in general. It is the best information for ebu gogos and orang pendeks that I have yet run across. Gregory Forth is an anthropologist who has heavily traveled throughout Indonesia for over thirty years. He is particularly interested in what he has found on Flores, the small Indonesian island where fossils of the “hobbit” species of human, also known as Homo floresiensis, was discovered. Forth has collected a tremendous amount of native accounts and folk tales regarding small hominoids on Flores called the “ebu gogo,” and suggests a relation between them and the hobbits. He has meticulously gathered similar accounts from surrounding islands and looks at the possibility of these representing biological animals that are as of yet unknown to science.
Orang Pendek: Sumatra’s Forgotten Ape
By Richard Freeman
This is one of the few books available about the orang pendek. It starts with a world-wide survey of reports of unknown hominoids from nearly every continent. The latter part of the book details Freeman’s own quest for the orang pendek. An overview of the data collected is presented.
THE YOWIE: In Search of Australia’s Bigfoot
By Tony Healy and Paul Cropper
This is the best collection of information regarding the Australian yowie I know of. The book details the history of the yowie from pre-literate times up to the present day. The possibility of two distinct species of unknown hominoids (as is purported by the aboriginal people) is discussed. Photographs and diagrams pepper the book, adding to the readability of this informative collection of data. There are nearly a hundred pages devoted to a chronological listing of reported yowie encounters.
Not the best book on the yeti written, and I even hesitate to include it here. I chose to post it because of Messner being featured on many of the televised yeti programs over the last couple years. He himself had an encounter with a yeti that he describes in this book as being large, upright, and human shaped a mere thirty feet from him in poor lighting. By the end of the book, he seemingly convinces himself it was a simply a bear. This jibes well with the recent DNA discoveries, but not with his own description of his observations. Note that it is well-known that one of the three animals described by the word “yeti” has always been known to be a type of bear. But what are the other two? Something more bigfoot-like, based on the eyewitness descriptions, including Messner’s own.
Abominable Snowmen: Legend Comes to Life
By Ivan Sanderson
Ivan Sanderson is the guy who actually coined the word “cryptozoology,” so any writings of his are examples of some of the earliest investigations into the bigfoot subject and other unknown creatures. He was a trained biologist and ethnologist, so his studies are scientific in nature. He was an enthusiastic follower of Charles Fort as well, so he went off into many strange directions, but always with a scientific feel. It was an article by Ivan Sanderson that sent Roger Patterson on the path that would eventually lead him to filming the PG Film in 1967.
Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America
By Linda Godfrey
This is one of those mysteries that might be real, but I really hope isn’t. When I first glanced at the dogman mystery, I assumed these sightings could be easily written off as misidentified bigfoots. My tune changed when I found that I knew a man who saw one of these things at very close range when he was in college. He later entered the police force and moved his way up into federal level law enforcement. To this day, he claims he saw one of these things. I believe him. Linda Godfrey gives the lowdown on this enigma in this excellent book. I’m not really afraid of bigfoots, but I’m scared to death of dogmen.