Most bigfooters have heard of Dsonoqua, the Wild Woman of the Woods, frequently depicted on totem poles throughout the Northwest. She is most often shown with her lips pursed, as if whistling, and in fact her legends specifically mention her doing just that. I believe, as do many others, that Dsonoqua is a mythological depiction of a sasquatch. Native Americans incorporate more common animals into their mythologies and legends, so it makes sense that bigfoots are woven into this rich cultural tapestry as well.
Few recordings of bigfoot whistles have been obtained. I managed to record whistling in Northern California near the Siskiyou Wilderness Area in 2006 (click HERE to listen
). The “Sierra Sounds” recordings obtained by Ron Morehead and Al Berry in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California in the early 1970’s are by far the most widely known. They have been analyzed by Dr. Lynn Kirlin from the University of Wyoming who found that these peculiar whistles could have been produced by the constriction of the vocal track, as well as the lips.
When I saw the following article, I was intensely interested. I was aware that bonobos are excellent whistlers, but I was not aware that orangutans also had the ability to produce these sounds. The article not only touches upon the orangutan’s ability to whistle, but also on the idea that apes can mimic sounds produced by other species, which is widely reported in the bigfoot literature. Bonnie’s (the orangutan) ability to produce whistles could also shed light on the development of language in the human species.
If bigfoots are Gigantopithecines, as has been widely hypothesized, this is even more pertinent to us bigfooters. It is thought that Gigantopithecus is more closely related to orangutans than the African apes.
Native Americans would tell their children to not whistle while walking in the forest at night unless they wanted Dsonoqua to take them away. When I go bigfooting, I often walk in the forest at night, and make it a point to whistle. I would, of course, love to have Dsonoqua come and take me away, but more importantly, I want to draw the attention of any nearby bigfoot. They might think I’m one of them, until they see me. Hopefully, once my cover is blown, the bigfoot would want to try to drive me out of the area with a terrifying territorial display. With a little luck, I’ll come back with a thermal video of the encounter, if I survive the initial heart attack.
Click here to read the article and to see video of Bonnie the Orangutan whistling.