Dzonoqua Doll by Shona Ha

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Dec 152018
 

I ran across this exquisite doll depicting a person in a Dzonoqua ceremonial mask and costume.  The mask shows the traditional depiction of Dzonoqua, the wild woman of the woods, with her pursed lips as if whistling (as bigfoots are reported to do).  Dzonoqua is covered in hair, and is often represented in ceremonies by a person wearing bear fur and a mask as is seen in the doll.  In the images above, Dzonoqua’s breasts are depicted indicating she is a female figure, a giantess or ogress, not her mail counterpart known as Bukwas.  It is generally thought that she and Bukwas represent sasquatch.  For more on the Dzonoqua mythology, click this link.  

The artist responsible for this piece is the late Shona Ha, also known as Mary Smith.  The work was created sometime around 1980 using red cedar, cedar bark, wood, faux fur, greens and pigment.  I think all would agree this is a tremendous representation.  

I could find little online about Shona Ha, though I found many pieces of art she created.  What little I found about the artist herself is below:

Shona-Hah (1912-1997) is the mother of Lelooska, Kwunkwa-dzi, Patty Fawn, and Tsungani. She was born in a black walnut log cabin in Oklahoma’s old Cherokee Nation. There, she was given the name Shona-Hah, “gray dove”. Her Kwakiutl name, Tl’alilhilugwa, bestowed in 1968 by , means “whale rising”.

Shona-Hah’s life bespeaks her Indian heritage. In her youth, she both trained horses and rode in races and exhibitions. As a small child, she began participating in the traditional dances and continued throughout her life. Always interested in all facets of Indian art, she exceled at beadwork, skin sewing, carving, painting, and doll making.

Her dolls are valued highly by private collectors and museums as illustrations of vanished cultures. They bring alive both ceremonial and every day events in the lives of the people of many different North American tribes. From the Osage of Oklahoma to the Kwakiutls of British Columbia, she draws on first-hand knowledge of the cultures and the memories of the Old Ones for her inspiration.

Shona-Hah’s children credit her with their love and respect for Indian art and traditions. She taught them the skills she had acquired and sacrificed to help them become artists in their own right.

“She and our grandfather,” Lelooska says, “imparted to us that which was to become the essence of our heritage.”

Passing away in October of 1997, Shona-Hah occupied a place of major importance in the family structure. A cohesive element in the group, she was also an important contributor to the educational programs. She not only participated in them, she also made many of the costumes.

If you or someone you know has more information about Shona Ha, her work, or her legacy, I would be very interested to hear more about it.  Feel free to contact me by clicking this link and sharing what you know about her.  Thank you!

2017 Munson Creek

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Dec 142018
 
Year2017
DateApril 2
StateOR 
CountyTillamook
LocationMunson Creek
Found byWitness name withheld
Documented bySame
Length16 in (see below)
Width (ball)7.7 in (see below)
Width (heel)(see below)
Step lengthUnknown

I received an email from a man who lives in Tillamook County about a footprint find near Munson Creek.  About a mile back from the gate on Munson Road, a series of footprints was found.  No measurements were taken of the step nor stride length.  The trackway was followed for about 50 yards until they were lost.  The witness returned to the location the next day, but heavy rains had all but destroyed the footprints.  No casts were taken from the site.  

The witness reported the tracks measured 16 inches long, and 7.5 inches wide.  However, the partial print in the gallery below with the measuring tape next to it indicates that the print was actually in the realm of 13 or 14 inches.  Perhaps the witness measured a track with some slippage or elongation due to the substrate.  Perhaps the shorter measurement in the photographs is due to the lack of impression in the heel.  This is unknown.  

The photograph above was taken by the reporting witness, but the other two photographs (see gallery below) were taken by his companion with him that day.  

Other sightings have occurred in this same area over the years.  In fact, just a month later and only two miles away a logging truck driver reported seeing a tan bigfoot running through timber.  The driver initially thought it was an elk but saw it was on two legs.  The sasquatch seemed to raise an arm towards the driver “almost as if it was acknowledging” the driver and turned off into the trees and disappeared.  

Back to the footprint index.

Sasquatch Cognition – Displaced Reference

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Nov 252018
 

A female orangutan and her baby in Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia. (Credit: By Don Mammoser/Shutterstock)

Over the years, I have spent a lot of time in the woods at night trying to elicit vocalizations from sasquatches.  To get a bigfoot to call back, I usually make sounds of my own in hopes of tricking a sasquatch into thinking one of their own species is calling.  I might try howls, screams, whoops, or any number of other vocalizations. Usually, nothing calls back and the night is quiet for long stretches of time.  However, every once in a while a vocalization immediately rings out in the night suggesting a sasquatch was within earshot (or some other animal, like coyotes). Immediate call backs are rare, though.  More commonly, a period of time passes, and a vocalization happens when one least expects it (which is a good reason to have an audio recorder constantly running).  These vocalizations could happen a few minutes later, or quite a bit later in the night. 

I’ve often speculated why this might be true, thinking the sasquatch was far away and wanted to get closer to the source noise (my vocalization), or perhaps wanted to move to a better acoustic position for listening our projecting sounds.  A new hypothesis has now arisen from the study of another ape species, the orangutan. 

Researchers exposed wild orangutans to models of predators (like tigers) and waited for alarm responses.  As it turns out, the closer the predator was to the orangutan, the longer it waited to vocalize its alarm call.  Also, the younger a female’s infant was had bearing on when the orangutan would vocalize.  In many cases, the vocalizations would come long after the predator model was removed. 

Researchers scared orangutans with representations of predators to study their responses. Credit: Adriano R. Lameira

What this means in the case of the orangutan is that the species can vocalize, or talk, about things that aren’t there.  This is very rare in the animal kingdom with only humans and honeybees having this ability, often referred to as “displaced reference.” 

Is this what is happening with sasquatches and their delayed callbacks?  I’m not sure.  However, it is certainly an interesting possibility that should be considered while doing field research.  Just your presence in an area would likely be considered something of a threat for a sasquatch, so delays in responses should probably be the norm in this case.  

I think the only takeaway for us researchers would be to cultivate patience when waiting for callbacks.  Too often I’ve been in the woods and my colleagues have urged me to move on after only a few minutes of listening.  I’ve always thought that a minimum of 20 or 30 minutes should be spent listening quietly for responses, and this study supports my gut feeling on this issue.  

That the sasquatch might have the cognitive ability of displaced reference should come as no surprise.  After all, they are likely a hominin like us in many ways, so they should show many of the same cognative features that we do, both morphologically and behaviorally.  As we learn more about bigfoots, I will not at all be surprised when better documentation arises suggesting they have a language or some sort of proto-language with which they often chat each other up about stuff in the recent past or near future.  

As a final note, I strongly suggest all bigfoot researchers dive deeply into the sciences of primatology and paleoanthropology.  It is only by studying the context from which sasquatches arose that we will properly assign them their perch in the brushy limbs of human evolution.  Studying the other apes will give insight to sasquatch behavior, as Dr. Bindernagel showed in his excellent book.  Studying sasquatch behavior will shed light into what it means to be human by comparing and contrasting them with ourselves. 

The study is available as a PDF directly from Science Advances, or you can click the link below to read a shorter article summarizing the journal article.  

Orangutans Delay Their Calls — It’s A Sign They’re Smarter Than We Thought

By Bill Andrews | November 14, 2018 1:18 pm

A female orangutan and her baby in Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia. (Credit: By Don Mammoser/Shutterstock)

It’s easy enough to spot similarities between orangutans and humans — the “man of the forest” can certainly act human, and they share our big brains, social structures and even opposable thumbs. It shouldn’t be too surprising, since we also share about 97 percent of our DNA with the great apes.

But a new finding, published today in Science Advances, suggests we may have even more in common than that, as orangutans showed the capacity for a form of abstract communication we’d never seen before. It’s a finding that reflects not just the apes’ abilities, but may also shed light on how language evolved in the first place.

Thinking Like Orangutans

While many animals can communicate with each other, only humans seem to have actual languages, a hallmark of which is the ability to talk about things that aren’t there. The linguist Charles Hockett called this phenomenon “displaced reference,” since whatever the speaker referred to was displaced in space or time. Besides humans, only honeybees had been observed to engage in this behavior, communicating the location of food via dance — and it’s not really a function of cognitive abilities, either. Great apes, such as orangutans, have displayed the capacity for displaced reference, albeit only in captivity.

Click here to read the rest of this article.

Thanksgiving Bigfoot

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Nov 072018
 

Thanksgiving Bigfoot Turkey Shirt

I do love November for its weather, holidays and for my birthday later in the month.  I suspect that sasquatches do too, and for all the same reasons. 

I also love that there is a holiday in November that celebrates gratitude.  Are you thankful for bigfoot?  I am.  

 

If you click the link above and purchase that shirt, I get a small commission on it.  It’s OK, though.  I wouldn’t offer you any products that I don’t personally like.  

Yeti, Set, Go!

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Oct 052018
 


Yeti, Set, Go!

From the same good people who brought you the game Yeti in my Spaghetti comes their next cryptozoological installment, Yeti, Set, Go!  I haven’t played this one, but it seems that you try to kick meatballs to the top of a mountain ledges, and the first player to kick all their meatballs on the ledges wins.  Simple, to the point, and squatchy.  I love it.  

 

 

 

Disclaimer: The above links sends you right to the Amazon page where you can buy this game.  I get a small commission on your purchase, but I wouldn’t recommend this game if it didn’t look like a good way for your children (or your inner child) to enjoy some family time with a hairy hominoid theme!  

The Ohio Monster by David Walker

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Jul 292018
 

 

A new book has hit the shelves specifically dealing with a man’s personal experiences with bigfoot in the state of Ohio entitled The Ohio Monster: My Personal Encounters with Bigfoot.  I have not read this book yet (a review copy could be in the mail any day), but I love regional books on the subject because of the patterns that can be gleaned from them, along with the locations they provide.  

The back cover of this book suggests that there are some paranormal aspects to Mr. Walker’s search for bigfoot.  While I don’t subscribe to a paranormal explanation for bigfoot, many people do based on their own experiences.  This book might be up their alley in that regard, and would be useful to pick up to see if Walker’s experiences match others’ experiences.  

To order the book from Amazon, you can click this link.  For full disclosure, if you use this link, I’ll get a small commission on the sale.  However, I wouldn’t even offer the link if I didn’t think some of you would want it for your collection. 

 

 

“Sasquatch” by Viergacht

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Jul 152018
 

I recently ran across this amazing art by an equally amazing artist who goes by the name Viergacht.  The caption for the photo reads, “A young male North American ape, Anthropoidipes ameriborealis, patrolling his territory. ”  Note the nod to Dr. Jeff Meldrum’s 2007 paper, “Ichnotaxonomy of Giant Hominoid Tracks in North America,” which attempted to name the species that left the footprints detailed in the paper.  The PDF of that paper is available by clicking this link.  I love well-read bigfoot enthusiasts.  

Viergacht is a fantastically creative and talented artist.  He has a presence on the art collective website, Deviant Art, and specializes in realistic animal-esque fantasy stuff, as far as I can put into words.  And I love that I have a hard time categorizing this person’s art.  

For us bigfooters, it’s important and practical to know about realistic bigfoot art in case they are used in a hoax.  This goes for photographs, fur suits, digital art (like the one above), animations, and more.  For sheer enjoyment, these art pieces are just fun.  

Viergacht’s art can be seen by clicking this link.  He is available for commissions as well.  Start by contacting him at viergacht@gmail.com.  

Bigfoot Pajamas!

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Jul 022018
 

Finally, something for people who love to sleep and love bigfoots at the same time!  Bigfoot pajamas!  The fantastic thing about these pajamas is that you can wear them whether you are mostly nocturnal, like sasquatches, or diurnal, like most people.  

Click this link to check them out on Amazon, and to zoom in closely to the bigfoots.  They’re adorable.  

 

 

Legal disclosure:  I will get a very small commission on these if you buy them.  I wouldn’t even bother if they weren’t squatchtastically adorable, though.  

The Search for Hominins in Southeast Asia

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Jun 292018
 

A well-rounded bigfoot researcher usually holds an interest in various aspects of anthropology and paleoanthropology.  After all, it is these disciplines that will eventually tell us how sasquatches fit into the larger scheme of human evolution.  Through these interests, I have found a number of noteworthy blogs and news sources that bring up interesting tidbits that directly tie into the search for relict hominoid populations, though even the authors of these blogs may not realize it.  

The article below is from an paleoanthropologist named John Hawks and details interesting discoveries from Indonesia and the Philippines.  Recently, stone tools were found in the northern Philippines that date back over 700,000 years.  Homo sapiens (your species) only arrived on the island about 100,000 years ago, but somebody was making tools long before that.  The thought was that it had to be from a Homo erectus, well-known from the Indonesian area from a number of fossils, including the type specimen commonly referred to as “Java Man.”  

The certainty of this claim has now been called into question.  In 2007 a metatarsal bone was unearthed from Callao Cave in the Philippines that was remarkably small, but a near-perfect match for a metatarsal from Homo floresiensis, popularly known as the Hobbit species, found on the nearby island of Flores.  Could the metatarsals belong to a far-flung population of Homo floresiensis?  If so, could the stone tools that predate Homo sapiens‘ arrival by half a million years also belong to Homo floresiensis?

This all ties back into sasquatch in a roundabout way.  Bigfoots are not the only unknown hairy hominoid reported in the world.  There are a couple different types in Indonesia alone, one of which, called the Ebu Gogo, is reported right from the same island where Homo floresiensis fossils were found.  This would strongly suggest that Ebu Gogo, if real, are in fact just relict forms of Homo floresiensis.  If fossils of Homo floresiensis are verified from the Philippines, they could be found elsewhere, depending on how widely dispersed the species was.  Could it be that the commonly reported “Brown Jacks” of Australia (short, hairy bipeds that are distinctly different than Yowie, according to the aboriginal people living there) are just more relict Homo floresiensis?

This kind of thing keeps me up at night.  Read the article so you can lose some sleep too.  

This is where scientists may find the next hobbits

New discoveries in the Philippines suggest that the mysterious Homo floresiensis may have been far from alone

Great archaeological detective stories start with unexpected discoveries in unusual places.

In May, an international team of scientists led by Thomas Ingicco revealed new archaeological findings from Kalinga, in the northernmost part of Luzon, Philippines. Until now, scientists have mostly assumed that the Philippines were first inhabited by modern humans, only after 100,000 years ago. But the artifacts unearthed by Ingicco and coworkers were much older, more than 700,000 years old.

They didn’t find any hominin fossil skeletons, but the stone tools and the butchered remains of a rhinoceros show that somebody lived on this island long before modern people evolved in Africa.

Luzon was never connected to the Asian mainland, even when sea level was at its lowest during the Ice Ages. To get there, ancient hominins had to float. Who were they, and how did they get there?

The hobbit connection

Luzon isn’t the first deepwater island to produce such ancient evidence. In 2003, Indonesian and Australian archaeologists uncovered skeletal remains and ancient tools on the island of Flores. The bones were so strange, so primitive, that scientists named a new species, Homo floresiensis.

Most people know them by their nickname, the “hobbits.”

The best-known fossil specimens from Flores come from Liang Bua cave, where they are between around 100,000 and 60,000 years old. Those bones include LB1, a skeleton which had a tiny brain, a small body, elongated feet and toes, and apelike wrist bones.

Scientists called her “Flo”, and she was like nothing they had ever seen. The discovery gave rise to debates that are still raging, 15 years later. Who were the ancestors of the hobbits, and how did they reach Flores? We still don’t know for sure, and the mystery has only deepened since 2004.

To read the rest of the article, click this link.

New Species of Gibbon Discovered in Chinese Tomb

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Jun 262018
 

An interesting article popped up in my news feed regarding the discovery of an extinct gibbon species being discovered in a Chinese noblewoman’s tomb.  (The noblewoman is thought to be the grandmother of the first emperor of China.)  The gibbon, or its skeleton, was buried over 2000 years ago presumably with its owner along with a smattering of her possessions.  

The discovery of a new ape species is always a spectacular find, but there is an interesting twist to the story.  This discovery is the first confirmed example of an ape species going extinct since the last ice age.  This would likely mean that the gibbon population was directly affected by humans in some way, whether it was from habitat loss, or perhaps even from the collection of individuals for use as pets.  This latter cause was common among nobles in ancient China.  

No matter what the cause, this discovery should highlight the precarious nature of apes’ foothold in nature.  Let’s hope that sasquatches are more resilient.  

Before reading the article below, please enjoy listening to the calls of wild gibbons recorded in Sumatra:

 

Scientists studying bones excavated from an ancient tomb in Shaanxi Province, central China, have discovered an entirely new but already extinct genus of gibbons.

The discovery was made by scientists led by international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London), while studying the contents of a burial chamber dating from around 2,300 years ago that possibly belonged to Lady Xia – grandmother to China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang, the leader who ordered the building of the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors.

The tomb, first excavated in 2004, was found to contain 12 burial pits with animal remains, which included gibbon bones. Sophisticated computer modelling reveals that these ancient bones represent an entirely new genus and species of gibbon, which the team has named Junzi imperialis. Historical records reveal that Junzi probably survived until less than 300 years ago.

All of the world’s apes – chimpanzees, gorillas, orang-utans and gibbons – are threatened with extinction today due to human activities, but no ape species were thought to have become extinct as a result of historic hunting or habitat loss. However, the discovery of the recently extinct Junzichanges this, and highlights the vulnerability of gibbons in particular.

To read the rest of this article, click this link.  

 

“They Call Him Bigfoot” by the Accelerators

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Jun 052018
 

Here’s a squatchpunk song for you!  I do love squatchpunk.  

 

 

If you want to purchase this song for your very own, you can go to this link to download it!  

My New Friend, Squatchette by Robert E. Wood

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May 092018
 

This is a delightful children’s picture book about a girl named Xylina (from the Greek for “Woodland Dweller”) who lives with her grandfather in the woods while her parents are overseas.  During this time she learns about the plants and animals that inhabit the woods around her grandfather’s property.  Curiously, her grandfather has a metal cut-out of a sasquatch on the property that was given to him by a neighbor. 

One night, Xylina is awakened by a sound from outside.  The sound turns out to be a sasquatch holding a baby of the same species in its arms who had a leg injury, which the girl and her grandfather set about trying to heal. 

Over the next eight weeks, Xylina learns about “Squatchette” and her larger mother bigfoot as they spend time together.  Eventually Squatchette heals up and disappears, though Xylina has a sneaking suspicion they will cross paths again.

The story is simple and sweet, but has an underlying message that we can all learn from: our relationship with the wild needs to be nurtured and taken care of.  I also appreciate the depiction of the sasquatches as a non-threatening and natural presence in the woods that benefit from big-hearted humans with whom they share their environment. 

This book is exclusively available from www.childbooks.net.  When you order the book enter the word “Cliff” in the coupon code to receive 10% off your entire purchase!

 

 

March 31, 2018 Sighting Investigation

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Apr 072018
 

This is the view from where the two witnesses initially saw the sasquatch in the woods to their left.

On Saturday, March 31, 2018 a woman and her 14-year-old daughter were going door to door in the Beavercreek area inviting residents to a local church function.  They approached one house in the vicinity of South Beavercreek Road and South Highland Road and knocked on the door.  Dogs inside the home starting barking, but nobody answered.  While waiting for an answer, the daughter heard rustling in the brush to her left.  She looked over and saw a “big, dark, furry hand moving” by a tree.

At that point, her mother noticed a change in the daughter’s body language and asked what was wrong.  The daughter turned around, eyes wide with distress, and told her mother what she had seen.  Her mother looked to where the figure was seen and saw for herself a large, dark figure moving back into the woods. 

The two decided to immediately leave, so they got into their car and started driving away.  At this point, the daughter looked back and saw the figure standing back further in the woods halfway stepping out from behind a tree and watching the car leave.  She described the figure as “big, tall, and thick” and that it was covered in hair.  She clearly saw its shoulder and head, along with half an arm.  The head was conical in shape, and the figure was “a couple feet taller” than a 6 foot-tall man. 

The encounter stirred an interesting emotion in the girl.  She felt anger that “they don’t tell us about these things,” but they’re really there. 

I visited the sighting location on 4/6/18.  With permission from property owners, I walked around  the woodsfor about an hour in the general vicinity of where the sasquatch was seen hoping to find some trace of its presence.  The ground is blanketed with a layer of salal (Gaultheria shallon) three or more feet tall in many places.  There were small walking paths and animal trails zigzagging through the brush and among the trees.  A swampy marsh straddles the border of several properties in the area, though I only had access to two. 

One of the property owners notified me that his girlfriend had recently noticed a large number of mice in the woods outside.  Several reports I have taken over the years indicate that when there are too many of a certain animal in an area, whether it is mice, fish, rabbits, deer, or whatever, there are sometimes sasquatches in the vicinity exploiting the feast.  This might be what was going on in this location. 

I found no sign of any passing animal, but it had been six days and it had rained several times since, and quite hard.  I invited the property owner of one home to contact me with any further information. 

The Beavercreek area is promising for sighting reports, and certainly many more happen there than are shared publicly.  The most recent flap of reports from that vicinity was from December of 2015 when two sighting reports surfaced within a month of each other.  Numerous reports, and even some casts, have come from the outlying areas of Colton, Molalla, and Dodge as well.  One can only hope that the local residents report their encounters with sasquatches so more can be learned about the habits of the sasquatches that live in the area.    

If you are aware of sasquatch encounters in this area, or any area near you, please let me know by filling out a report form to be added to my internal database.  Your private information will not be shared.  

 

Update 7/30/18

While driving through the area this past week, the reporting witness noticed that the property owner has put up a sign on the road.  I love witnesses with a great sense of humor!

Back to the field investigation index.

Anatomy of a Beast by Michael McLeod

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Apr 052018
 

Anatomy of a Beast: Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot
by Michael McLeod

Many bigfooters, being certain that bigfoot exists, don’t bother reading the skeptical literature.  I feel this is a mistake, especially when the books get traction in the skeptical world.  As bigfooters, I feel it is our duty to be aware of the skeptical arguments and to grapple with them.  After all, many of the points made are valid, and since bigfoots are real animals, these points can and should be dealt with.  It was with that spirit in mind that I dove into Michael McLeod’s Anatomy of a Beast

There are many good things about this book.  McLeod did some real footwork putting this book together.  He interviewed many people in the bigfoot world, he attended some bigfoot lectures, and he even read some of the pro-bigfoot literature.  McLeod dug into the history of some of the people in the early days of bigfooting, which I found quite interesting.  I knew little of Ivan Sanderson, for example, and I enjoyed reading McLeod’s version of Sanderson’s life. 

What I found most interesting were the anecdotal stories that arose from the interviews.  Talking to the likes of Ivan Marx, Patricia Patterson, Rene Dahinden, and Peter Byrne is bound to bring some interesting stories to light, and McLeod included many of them in his book.  I sincerely enjoyed reading about their perspectives and insights into the history of bigfooting.  He also spoke to some minor players, such as Jay Rowland who was in Bluff Creek back in 1967 when Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin got the PG Film. 

These interviews, though insightful, have a downside as well.  He puts great importance on minor discrepancies in memory and perspective.  These discrepancies are touted as strong suggestions that the PG Film, and indeed all bigfoot encounters and footprint finds, are a well-orchestrated hoax. 

It was obvious from the beginning of the book that McLeod is a man setting out to prove the Patterson/Gimlin Film is a hoax.  On pg. 14, he muses about how convincing the PG Film is “if one is not predisposed to reject Bigfoot out of hand.”  It is obvious from his writing that McLeod is in fact predisposed to do just that, not giving the evidence more than a quick thought before rejecting it.  

One of many dead ends for McLeod was his analysis of the timeline after the filming.  He assumes that Roger and Bob went through Willow Creek before mailing the film on the coast, and then heading back to Willow Creek to speak to Al Hodgson and Syl McCoy.  Since that path didn’t make sense with the allotted time, therefore somebody is lying and the film is a hoax.  We now know that Roger and Bob went over Bald Hills Road into Orick before heading down the coast to mail the film.  They only later went to Willow Creek.  It tends to be small assumptions or gaps in McLeod’s knowledge that support his claim that the film is an “obvious hoax.”  

To investigate the film, it seems more productive to enter the study of it from a neutral standpoint and see where the evidence leads.  McLeod does the opposite.  He “knows” the film is a hoax, so he explores the people in the field and finds out their eccentricities, minor memory inconsistencies, and personal flaws to hold these up as evidence that the film is a hoax.  He doesn’t examine the film subject, he examines Ray Wallace’s long record as a hoaxer.  He doesn’t look at the creature’s anatomy, he talks to Dahinden about who he doesn’t get along with.  He doesn’t look at the footprint evidence retrieved from the film site, he looks at the dissonant personalities involved in the Pacific Northwest Expeditions of the early 1960’s.  These things, along with many more examples in the book, seem more like a sleight-of-hand trick to cast doubt on the film by putting shade on the many people tangentially involved in some aspect of the film, location, or events of that time period. 

Overall, the book is worth a read.  The history told by the many interviewed players gives us glimpses, albeit biased ones, into the perspective of the time.  It is the assumption from the get-go that the film is a hoax that does this book in from my perspective.  Ad hominin attacks on the players do not make the film a hoax. 

 

To purchase the book, click the link at the top of the page.  I’ll get a couple pennies out of your purchase through a partnership with Amazon.  I promise to put those pennies to good use by batting down skeptical arguments like those put forth in this book.

Olympic Peninsula Sighting Follow Up Investigation 3/7/18

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Mar 112018
 

Swamp

A recent sighting report came to me early last week. It took me a day or two to get the scene, but I made it out and scoured the area with Shane Corson of the Olympic Project to find some interesting things.  But first, the backstory…

On March 1st, a young man encountered a sasquatch on the Olympic Peninsula on the edges of a marsh.  He was on the side of the road at a pull-out throwing rocks at a log next to a river around dusk when he noticed that small rocks were landing in the water nearby.  At first he assumed these were his rocks ricocheting back off the log he was aiming for, but when rocks started landing at his feet, he realized that this wasn’t the case.  Shortly after, he observed what he first thought was a reddish-brown bear barreling through the grassy swamp on the other side of the river.  It was reportedly snorting, huffing, and whistling as it ran.  The young man stood there, excited to see a bear with the safety of a river between him and the animal.  The “bear” was on all fours as it ran behind a brushy area and stopped.  Then it stood up on its hind legs.  The witness described how it kept getting taller and taller and taller as it stood.  It was much taller than any bear could be in this area, standing approximately eight feet tall, looking over the top of the brush it ran behind.  That was all it took for the young man to immediately leave the area in a panic.  He later confided in a local shop owner that had a bigfoot cast on display in his establishment, and that shop owner notified one of my contacts in the area, Lorri Jo Hamilton, who notified me of the encounter less than a week after it happened.  

I arrived on the scene with Lorri Jo, her friend Norm, and Shane Corson from the Olympic Project to look around on Wednesday, March 7th.  The tire marks left by the young man as he peeled away from the scene were still visible in the ground.  Shane and I crossed the river and scoured the swamp and surrounding area for over an hour.  In our exploration, we uncovered two unusual things.  

First, a large log had recently been moved aside from where it was resting in the reeds.  The log was about five feet long, and maybe 20 inches in diameter.  There were grass tufts growing upside-down on the underside of the log, proving it had once rested with the grass facing upward but had been turned.  There were also small plants (maybe 1.5 inches tall) growing from the underside of the log that had started turning in their growth to seek the sunlight (plants are phototropic and will always grow towards the sunlight).  Using these clues, I would guess the log was turned upside down maybe a week before we found it.  This coincides well with the sighting date, which was only six days before our visit.

Secondly, and more importantly, a possible footprint was located in the swamp just a few yards from the overturned log.  There were few places in the reeds that would record any impressions, but one was located in a pile of animal scat.  The surrounding grass had been disturbed in a fan-like shape.  There was the suggestion of toes impressed in the grass, a wide forepart of a foot, and a moderately narrow heel, though wider than a bear’s heel.  The length of the print was 14 inches long.  

The shape of this possible print is congruent with other footprints collected from the area by Lorri Jo Hamilton.  One individual sasquatch in the area has left a number of prints that have the same fan-shaped configuration of the foot as was observed in this possible footprint, as can be seen below.  It is very possible that the same sasquatch left both prints, or perhaps a closely-related individual.  

Derek Randles met us out at the site a few hours after our investigation.  Between us three, we could recount more than a dozen encounter reports from the general area, so this new one was of no surprise.  This area is being closely watched by my contacts in the area and the members of the Olympic Project that were involved.  If more evidence comes out of here, I’ll keep you posted.  

For more photos of the possible print, check out the gallery below:

 

Marc Dewerth to Speak in Bowling Green, OH

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Mar 012018
 

Join Ohio Bigfoot Researcher, Marc DeWerth for a presentation, discussion, and first hand stories about the elusive creature known as Bigfoot. 

Mr. DeWerth is the organizer of the Ohio Bigfoot Conference, one of the largest in the US and has spent over 25 years studying evidence, collecting experiences, and investigating Bigfoot encounters right here in Ohio.

No registration is needed for this free program and space is limited so you’ll want to arrive early.  The program will take place on Saturday, March 24th and will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Simpson Building, Simpson Garden Park, 1291 Conneaut Avenue, Bowling Green, Ohio.  For questions please contact Chris Gajewicz at 419.353.0301, or by email at cgajewicz@bgohio.org.

Enormous Norm Goes to School: the Bigfoot Hygiene Book

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Feb 212018
 

Enormous NORM Goes to School: the Bigfoot Hygiene Book 
By Matt Hooks

For show and tell one day, Dean shared a drawing he had made of his bigfoot friend, Norm.  The other kids in class ridiculed Dean for thinking bigfoots are real (sound familiar?), so Dean decided to bring Norm to school to prove his friends wrong.  However, before Norm can come to school, he has to clean up a bit to be presentable to humans.  

This book is designed to share basic hygiene with young children.  As a read aloud, or for reading primary students, the book presents the basics of cleanliness, such as brushing one’s teeth or showering, in an entertaining and simple way.  

The art is striking.  It uses bold lines, bright colors, and angular edges wildly making each page busy in its details.   

I would judge this book to be at a low reading level, perhaps between 1st and 3rd grades, depending on the individual.  It is suitable for reading aloud to many age/grade level.  Enormous Norm has now been added to my recommended bigfoot books for kids and teens list!

 

Cultured Bigfoot

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Feb 192018
 

 

Bill Lancaster of Bilco Productions has put together a new documentary that examines the bigfoot community and what drives us to do what we do.  The film is full of interviews from a who’s-who list of bigfooters, including Loren Coleman, Bobo, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Lyle Blackburn and more.  

The documentary is available on two streaming platforms at the moment, and DVDs are also available!  You can go directly to the Amazon platform by clicking the link below:

Cultured Bigfoot on Amazon

The other platform is Nick Groff’s new streaming platform called TheCryptid.space.  This is a subscription service for streaming content having to do with cryptids which holds high promise for being the dominant hub for bigfoot and other cryptozoological information in the coming years.  Here is the link for that platform:

The Cryptid Space

DVDs are now for sale, and can be obtained by emailing Bill Lancaster at darthbill68@gmail.com, or by visiting the Bilco Productions Facebook page and sending a message to the administrator.  The DVDs are $15, but if you order 10 or more, you will receive a 40% discount.  

Jan 192018
 

If you love bigfoots like I love bigfoots, you are always looking for things to do that might help them in some small way.  Even at this point in time, before discovery, there are many things we can do to help our hairy cousins in the woods.  Some are political, some are monetary, but most are simpler than that.  

Before I get specific…  In general, as a bigfooter, anything you do should be done in a professional manner.  That involves being a positive force, whether that is in person or online.  Being negative, whether it’s trolling online, talking crap about other people, making statements that bully others, or any number of other things one can do that lack maturity makes us all look bad.  Remember, the vast majority of people who are interested in bigfoot are not part of the bigfoot community, and when they peek in on us and see bitter infighting and childish name-calling, it would probably turn them away from not only the community, but the subject itself.  Behave yourself, no matter what else you do.  If you have trouble being kind and positive, then the most important thing you can do for bigfoots is to remain silent.  

But I digress…

I was asked to compile a list of specific things one can do to help sasquatches.  Below is a list of five simple things that one can do that would have a direct impact on bigfoots, even before their discovery.  They are simple things, with little or no monetary or personal impact.  In some ways, they are literally the least we can do without doing nothing at all.  

    1.  Vote with bigfoot on your mind.  As we approach each new and crazy election season, keep in mind that those folks we’re putting in office can occasionally have an effect on sasquatches.  This is true whether we are talking about an election on the federal, state, or local level.  When it’s my turn to cast a ballot, I always take into consideration a candidate’s environmental record.  Which candidate is on record saying that he/she will cut back on environmental pollutants?  Which candidate is a proponent of preserving wild lands?  Which candidate will help bigfoots the most?  Vote your conscience.  Vote for bigfoot.
    2. Pick up litter.  This is especially true when you’re in the forest.  I suspect that sasquatches don’t appreciate humans coming into their forest homes and leaving trash around.  After all, if the tables were turned and bigfoots were leaving deer carcasses and such (their trash) in our living rooms, we’d be pretty ticked off.  Besides, as my friend Thom Powell suggests, maybe a bigfoot will see you picking up litter in the forest and slowly learn to trust you because of it.  Anything’s possible!
    3. Choose a worthy environmental cause and donate to it.  You can donate either time or money, and you don’t have to donate very much of either to make a difference.  I have a small number of charities and organizations that I donate to, and the worst thing that comes of it is an occasional email from the group asking for a bit more.  There are many worthy causes that can use your help, and I’m certain that there’s one out there that would resonate with you and your beliefs.  Remember, such donations are usually tax deductible.
    4. Learn about bigfoots.  For most folks, that means reading a variety of books on the subject, as well as about other related subjects like tracking, ecology, geology and more.  The more we know about bigfoots and their habitat, the more real they get.  By knowing as much as possible about bigfoots, you’ll be able to speak about them with more authority.
    5. Talk about bigfoot with others.  If you do this in a respectful and toned-down sort of way, you can do a lot of good for sasquatches.  Most regular people have no idea that bigfoots are real creatures or how they fit into the landscape.  They think bigfoots are a myth or folktale.  When people start to understand the breadth of data available that supports the hypothesis that bigfoots are real animals, they might start opening their minds to the subject a bit.  Be careful to not try to convince anybody of anything.  You don’t want to seem like your trying to gain converts or something.  It could end up in an argument or worse.  Just inform the masses. 

These are simple actions that anyone can perform to help sasquatches.  We are their advocates, and we should act accordingly.  Be sure to act in their best interests with a positive attitude.  Remember, what you do in public or online reflects all bigfooters. 

They have no voice.  Be their voice.

Sasquatch License Plate Proposal Would Help to Raise Funds

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Jan 162018
 

Politicians can be a weird bunch of folks.  (I won’t go into the numerous ways they frustrate me and offend my sensibilities.)  However, every once in a while one breaks the mold and does something overwhelmingly right.  I love it when a politician shows the desire to help the world through creativity and a love for bigfoot.  Sen. Ann Rivers has done just this, and for the second time!  She is proposing legislation to make a special edition sasquatch license plate for the state of Washington where the proceeds would go towards state parks and other habitat.  Read on to learn more about this move!  

Rivers proposes Sasquatch license plate to support state parks

OLYMPIA… Sen. Ann Rivers thinks the state’s best-known cryptid, Sasquatch, ought to have an opportunity to help raise money for state parks and recreation areas. Today she introduced legislation that would create a Sasquatch license plate and direct revenue from its sales toward park maintenance and improvements.

“I’m guessing Sasquatch has a hidden talent as a fundraiser,” said Rivers. “And assuming that Sasquatch is a native Washingtonian, and our state parks are part of Sasquatch’s native habitat, it makes perfect sense to capitalize on Sasquatch’s popularity in a way that would help protect and improve that habitat.”

Senate Bill 6151 complements Rivers’ effort to designate Sasquatch as the state cryptid – short for cryptozoological creature, which refers to an animal not proven to exist. Senate Bill 5816, which would add Sasquatch (or “Bigfoot”) to the collection of state symbols, was inspired by a letter she received from a young constituent in early 2017.

SB 6151’s co-sponsors include the Senate Transportation Committee’s Democrat chair and lead Republican, and Rivers is hopeful the bill will come before the committee later this month.

Rivers, who says the idea for her legislation came from a friend, was among a bipartisan majority of senators who supported last year’s legislation to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in park maintenance and improvements. The bill went nowhere in the House of Representatives, however, and money from the special state-parks license plate created in 2006 only supports arts and education in parks.

“This won’t generate the $500 million that our Senate bill from last year would have, but the proceeds can’t help but make a dent in the backlog of maintenance that we were wanting to address,” Rivers explained.

“The strong positive reaction to my bill to make Sasquatch the state cryptid proved that people of all ages are still taken by the idea that such a creature is out there. I have no doubt that some of them will like the idea of a Sasquatch license plate, and appreciate that buying one is good for the park system,” she said.

Senator Ann Rivers

Dec 202017
 

 

A new article caught my eye the other day.  It was published on the website, Ancient Origins, an online news source for those interested in popular archaeology with a dash of unusual thrown in.  They claim to be the “only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.”  This might be true.  

Thinking this was just another article about the 50th anniversary of the PG Film, I started reading and was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of writing and the perspective taken by the author.  The author briefly acknowledged some of the erroneous scientific views from humanity’s past, went sufficiently deep into the work that has been done on the PG Film, and also explored the inevitable shift in paradigm that would occur if the film was authentic. 

It was at this point I looked at the author’s name:  William Munns. 

Of course.

Bill Munns is the number one expert on the Patterson/Gimlin Film.  He wrote an excellent book about his research on the film entitled When Roger Met Patty.  He is a methodical and scientific researcher who is meticulous with details and has an academic way with words.  

This article is a great primer in the work done on the film.  It’s something you can email to your friends for them to consider.  And with that in mind, friend, check it out!

Why the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film Should Concern Scholars of Human Origins

The anthropological sciences occasionally have to deal with something which has a profound but unexpected impact on our understanding of human origins. Two events are noteworthy, in part because both impacted powerfully upon our concept of human evolution, but also because they were diametric opposites. One was a truth first rejected, and the other was a false contrivance embraced as fact. As presented in Roger Levin’s fine text, “Bones of Contention”, the stories of the Piltdown Man and the Taung Child were meaningful because they demonstrated that ultimately the evidence will lead to the truth, but first, one must examine that evidence with an impartial and open mind.

Sadly, they also illustrated that confirmation bias is a serious and formidable obstacle in the search for truth. Piltdown was a fraud, an orangutan jaw mated to a human skull, and it confirmed the bias of expecting that our human ancestor would be an ape-like body affixed to a human cranium, thus affirming that regardless of how primitive the body, the illustrious human mind remained robustly beyond any mere ape. Taung was a truthful hominid fossil, but its rightful place in human origins was rejected for many years because of its small brain. So, when we consider that some evidence with potential impact upon human origins is misunderstood, or suffers in the face of a confirmation bias, the idea has a solid foundation of prior examples demonstrating that exact issue.

Perceptions of “The Bigfoot Film”

Today we have a new subject with the potential to make a profound and unexpected impact upon human origins and the human family tree. And like Piltdown and Taung, there is a legitimate concern that the evidence is not being given a proper and impartial evaluation, with confirmation bias ruling the roost and dissuading the scientific community from a proper consideration of that evidence. That new subject is actually 50 years old, but it is the age of the controversy that actually justifies a new way of thinking about it today. The subject in question is a 16mm motion picture film, taken in the woodlands of Northern California in 1967, famously referred to as the Patterson-Gimlin Film or PGF (in recognition of the two men who were present, one man filming and the other man witnessing the event), but it is informally known as “The Bigfoot Film” (in recognition of the subject figure seen in that film footage).

For 50 years, people have been denouncing this film footage as a fake, yet there is virtually no rigorous and logically structured proof for that conclusion. All that can be found are insinuations, suggestions, unsubstantiated claims, and intellectual bullying to try and cajole people into accepting the claim of hoax as a fact.

But in fact, the more rigorous the analysis, the more we see inconclusive determinations. David Daegling, in his text, “Bigfoot Exposed” analyzed the film and concluded, that at his time of writing, 36 years after the event, no proof of a hoax could be found. More recently, Authors Donald Prothero and Daniel Loxton, in “Abominable Science” could do no better, and their analysis of this film resulted in a meager comparison to an anecdotal bigfoot sighting by a man named William Roe. Their conclusion was that if Roe’s anecdotal account could somehow be proven false, then the PGF might reasonably also be deemed a fake. Given that Roe’s encounter cannot be proven false, this was a subtle but tacit admission that the PGF cannot be proven false either.

 

There is much more to this article!  Click here to read the rest.  

 

Dec 202017
 

I had a nice visit from John Rosman from OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) a few weeks ago.  He wanted to talk to me about the legacy and impact of the Patterson/Gimlin Film 50 years after it was obtained down in Bluff Creek, CA.  We spent a couple hours in my garage looking at the film, talking about the creature and its movements, and looking at casts.  He was very interested in the subject, and had read a bit before coming over to do the interview.  (Informed reporters do interviews that are much more enjoyable.)

The article he was working on just came out today.  There is a video component as well, so be sure to click on the article to check out the interviews of me in my garage, and of Dr. Jeff Meldrum in his lab via Skype.  

Film Introducing Bigfoot To World Still Mysterious 50 Years Later

Although it’s been decades since the Patterson-Gimlin film turned a Northwest legend, Bigfoot, into a household name, the footage and stories behind it still remain fascinating 50 years later.

The filmmakers, and namesakes of the film, are two former rodeo men from Yakima County in Washington. One, Bob Gimlin, still lives there. Roger Patterson died in 1972. They shot the footage off the banks of Bluff Creek in Northern California.

Bigfoot is seen on film for less than one minute, but one frame — 352 — has pretty much become the universal symbol for Sasquatch. And that famous giant walking ape is actually a she; her name is Patty.

But what might be most surprising — after a half century of advancement in film and costume technology — is that this footage has yet to be officially debunked.

Click here to continue reading.

Bigfoot Christmas Sweaters, Anyone?

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Dec 042017
 

It’s that time of year when people dig through dusty red plastic totes stored away all year in a desperate attempt to find that horrid sweater that’s traditionally worn to the company Christmas party.  Feel free to burn that thing when you find it because this year you can celebrate the season in a squatchier manner by donning your new Squatchmas sweater. 

No Squatchmas sweater is likely to be viewed as “ugly” because of the obvious fashion sense it takes to wear one.  In my  opinion, anyone who criticizes, laughs at, or poo-poos the sweaters here is simply waging a war on Squatchmas for skeptically-based reasons.  They look great, and bigfoots are cool, thereby making you cool when you wear one of these.  

I’ve combed through the catalog and found only a small handful of true sweaters. Most of the Squatchmas stuff out there is printed on tee-shirts, which is also cool, but not a true sweater.  Below you’ll mostly see true sweaters with only one exception at the end (the sweatshirt was particularly awesome and holiday-obnoxious).  If you’re looking for a Squatchmas tee shirt instead of a sweater, try this one of my own design.

Click on the photos below for more information.  

 


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Cliff at Expedition Bigfoot in Georgia

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Nov 142017
 

The (Wood)Devil’s coming down to Georgia this February!  

Tickets go on sale today for my appearance at Expedition Bigfoot in Georgia.  The good folks at the museum have given my fans a couple days head start to buy tickets before they announce it to their locals who will certainly buy all remaining tickets to sell out the event (seating is very limited).  

I will be giving one talk on Friday and another on Saturday.  Each talk will be two hours in length from 6 pm to 8pm, so we are asking that young children be left at home (their attention spans are even shorter than my own).  I will also be in attendance for a meet and greet at the museum from noon to 4 pm.  That’s the one to bring your toddlers to for photos with me or the exhibits at the museum.  

For tickets, click this link TODAY.  I’m telling you, this is going to sell out.  

 

 

 

Animated Life – Mary Leakey

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Nov 082017
 

No understanding of sasquatches can be complete without some knowledge of paleoanthropology.  After all, sasquatches had to come from somewhere, and paleoanthropology is the science that shows us what sorts of cousins we had that came before us.  Bigfoots would be descended from one of those cousins.  It is with that in mind that I eagerly devour pertinent articles on human ancestors in hopes to shed light on bigfoots and where they came from.  

One of the leading figures in paleoanthropology was Mary Leakey, wife of Louis Leakey, was the discoverer of many hominin fossils in eastern Africa.  She was meticulous, innovative, and dedicated.  

The following is a beautifully animated short briefly describing part of Mary Leakey’s life, particularly her discovery of the Laetoli Footprints.  Enjoy!

 

Guest Post on Wildlife Viewing with Trail Cameras

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Nov 072017
 

3 Awesome Reasons Wildlife Monitoring Rocks

Searching for wildlife might sound boring, but it’s far from it. Wildlife viewing, or the act of spotting wild animals in their natural environments, can be the thrill of a lifetime! When combined with its other incredible benefits, it becomes clear that there’s no better way to spend a weekend.

What is Wildlife Viewing?

Also known as wildlife watching or monitoring, viewing can include using remote trail cameras in places national agencies don’t have the resources to get to, or it can include physically looking for wildlife, such as rare birds or even larger animals like bears. Wildlife monitoring can be done formally in a citizen-scientist collaboration, or it can be done on public or private land just for fun. You can even join the legions of people searching for legendary creatures like a sasquatch!

Here are three reasons we think wildlife viewing rocks:

  1. Wildlife Viewing Helps With Conservation Efforts

You might be tempted to think we know all there is to know about our world, but that’s far from true. Even tracts of land in the United States have new secrets to reveal; in fact, since 2003 more than 400 new mammal species have been discovered worldwide.

Amateur conservations help local land management and parks services make important decisions about caring for local wildlife. Discoveries about things like the presence of rare carnivores guides regional conservation programs and priorities.

The viewing of wildlife also helps develop in adults and children a passion for conserving the land, vital for the continued protection of over 600 million acres of nationally-owned wilderness in the United States alone. Wildland protects its natural animal habitats and is ecologically vital for clean air and water, and also acts as a natural laboratory.

  1. Physical Activity is Healthy For You

Wildlife viewing involves, at a minimum, trail walking. The best monitoring, however, is achieved via hiking or even camping in remote areas. Kids and adults alike benefit greatly from routine physical activity. Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Lower risk of heart disease in adults
  • Greater bone strength in children
  • Healthy weight management for both kids and adults
  • Reduced depression and better quality of sleep
  1. Fun For All Ages

Children are naturally excellent at wildlife viewing. Not only are their young eyes sharp, but they’re naturally curious. They’re often usually lower to the ground, with gives them the advantage of a different perspective and less stooping to identify tracks and other signs of animals.

Learning together and hiking in the wilderness is an activity people of all ages can take part in, and a great way to bond together. Your kids won’t even realize they’re learning and might just forget to ask for their electronic devices! Many adults have fond memories of camping and outdoor trips as children, and your kids can have that same experience.

Whether you’re motivated by the rush of seeing an animal in its natural habit, or you want to take part of conservation activities, or you want to find a hobby you can enjoy with your family, wildlife viewing is great fun! 

 

This guest post was supplied by Sally Phillips who enjoys teaching her daughters about the wildlife around them with her husband.  Thank you for your contribution!  

Masters of the Planet – The Search for our Human Origins

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Sep 172017
 

Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins 
by Ian Tattersall

 

This was the first book I read from Ian Tattersall, and I was impressed with his knowledge base and how it applied to the study of sasquatches.  It was this book that planted the seed in me that sasquatches might be a relict form of Australopithicus, though obviously this is far from certain.  It was also this book that brought up some very interesting questions about what it means to be “human.”  

There is a very vocal segment of the bigfoot community that asserts that sasquatches are humans, or at least people.  The problem with that assertion is that very few of its advocates have a good idea of what that even means.  This book, though not about bigfoots, addresses what it means to be “human” in the context of paleoanthropology, a subject that any serious bigfoot researcher should explore.  Folks who advocate for sasquatches being “human” should read this book to either strengthen or abandon their assertions (I can see how it could do either, depending on one’s worldview).

Ian Tattersall and an extinct friend.

Tattersall’s conclusion is that the most defining “human” trait might be our ability to think symbolically.  Throughout the book, Tattersall details unique paleoanthropological finds and looks at them under the lens of “symbolic thought” to see if the hominins in question rise to the level of “human” in this regard.  The reader might be surprised at his findings, as I was.  

Along the way, Tattersall explains the current best-guesses on the lifestyles and behaviors of our extinct relatives.  Of particular interest are his speculations (based on solid data, not mere guesses) on how Australopithicines survived and prospered.  These simple apemen seem to be a good model for sasquatch ancestory, both in morphology and behavior.  

I encourage all bigfooters to dig deeply into the science of paleoanthropology.  It not only gives insight into what sasquatches are and where they might have come from, but it does the same for ourselves.  We are, after all, one big, slightly-disfunctional primate family.

To obtain a copy of this book, click on the photo of the book at the top of the page.  

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This book has now been added to Cliff’s Recommended Reading list!  

 

The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack by Ian Tattersall

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Aug 312017
 

 The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack: and Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution 
by Ian Tatersall

For those interested in unknown primates, the subject of paleoanthropology should be a subject of great interest.  After all, sasquatches came from some lineage in the paleoanthropological family tree, so the more we learn about our ancient ancestory, the more we learn about sasquatches and the other undiscovered hominoids.  It is with this focus that I eagerly devoured Tattersall’s 2015 book,  The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack: and Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution.  

The book’s author, Ian Tattersall, is the Curator Emeritus in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  Though he started his schooling specializing in lemurs, his life’s journey has twisted and turned enough to find himself in a prominent and influential position well-earned through experience and publication.

The book is a chronological tale of the history of paleoanthropology, its major players, and their specific discoveries from Aristotle and the other Greek anatomists through to the most active players in the field in 2015.  Significantly, this includes the discovery of Homo floresiensis, though much more work has been done on those fossil hominins since the publication of the book.  Credit must be given to Tattersall for his acknowledgment that these Floresian “Hobbits” were strangely archaic in morphology, and begging for a closer look, even back when he was writing the book.  

I found the book’s story to be a fascinating one, and hugely pertinent to sasquatch studies.  Since sasquatches are real animals, they, like humans, have ancestors represented in the fossil record.  Much can be learned about sasquatches simply by studying those bipedal hominins that came before them (and the same can be said about humans, which is why paleoanthropology is such an important and interesting science).  

Much of the book shows how some stubborn ideas became ingrained into the scientific paradigms of the day.  One such idea repeatedly mentioned in the book is the “One Species Hypothesis,” which in paleoanthropology means that there can only be one “human-type” animal existing in an area at a time.  The newer type would move in and drive the previous, more archaic species to extinction.  For example, it was thought for decades that neanderthals were the direct predecessor to modern humans, and that when we came on the scene, we made the neanderthals go extinct.  We now know this is not exactly true (though our arrival may have played a role in driving them to extinction), and that neanderthals were a distinct side branch on the evolutionary tree rather than our predecessor, but this example does illustrate the ill-fated idea of the “One Species Hypothesis.”  

Tattersall shows how the Single Species Hypothesis is no longer thought to be true, so he notes that numerous species of pre-human hominins lived concurrently on the planet, and indeed in the same areas at the same time.  Curiously, he states unequivocally, more than once in the book that humans are the only hominin left alive on the planet.  I guess I can’t blame him, but he is sure in for a surprise!

For anyone interested in the sasquatch subject who loves the science behind mystery, I fully recommend this book.  The overview of paleoanthropology is succinct and enlightening.  The scientific language is digestible, not putting too many of the terms far above the head of the reader.  Tattersall’s writing style is fully accessible to most scientifically-literate readers and laymen alike.  

To purchase this book, click this link, or on the picture of the book cover above.  

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Get Dressed, Sasquatch!

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Aug 222017
 

Get Dressed Sasquatch 
by Derek Sullivan

Its trouble in paradise when a park ranger informs Sasquatch that his au-naturel style will no longer be tolerated. What follows is a charming, humorous game of dress-up as Sasquatch and the ranger struggle to come up with a wardrobe fit for the monsters active lifestyle. With warm illustrations, funny rhymes, and a silly final twist that praises acceptance, Get Dressed, Sasquatch! will have children and parents giggling together again and again.

Hazy Dell publishing house has other books with squatchy references, such as Monster ABC, which I’ve posted photos from before on my Facebook page.  These books are fantastic for very young readers, up to about age 8.  They are made with thick cardboard-like pages that can take a beating, dropping, or a drooling on by the most ravenous of readers.  

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 Monster ABC 
By Derek Sullivan

 

S is for Sasquatch!

Blueberry Bog Knocks 8/16/17

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Aug 172017
 

Blueberry Bog

The Blueberry Bog in late summer

The Blueberry Bog is one of the best bigfooting locations I have yet found in Mount Hood National Forest.  Between a small number of researchers and me, a dozen or more sasquatch encounters have occurred here.  Most have come in the form of knocks, but there also have been camp visitations, whoops, long calls, and gifting interactions reported from these researchers.  No sightings have yet occurred, but there are also no reports from here in any of the online databases nor from any book I have ever read.  It’s a good spot.  

I visited this location back in June on a day trip.  The mosquitoes were beyond bad.  It is nearly impossible to be in the area until some drying happens in the forest and the mosquitoes decrease in numbers dramatically.  One of the researchers in my inner circle has been in the area a couple times this summer scouting for hunting season.  Elk and deer sign was abundant.  Sign of very large canines was also identified.  The possibility of wolves exists, and would be very interesting to verify with a visual sighting.  That would be newsworthy, I suspect.  

My schedule freed up enough for my wife and I to make a quick overnight to the Blueberry Bog this past week.  It’s a beautiful area with abundant wildlife and a stunning view of Mount Hood, so no matter if the bigfoots were there or not, I knew it would be a great trip.  However, at least one bigfoot was there.  

Long after dark and shortly after midnight, the wood ducks in the nearby bog were restless.  They vocalized and moved around the swamp in an agitated way.  An unidentified vocalization came from north at 12:37 am.  The whistle you hear is accompanied by another sound behind it.  If you think you know what made this noise, please contact me and share your idea with me.  It would be best to include a reference recording from online with your suggestion for verification purposes.  

 

Just before one o’clock, we heard a knock coming from north of camp.  In years past, a knock from this area is often the first sign of a sasquatch being in the area, and usually right around this time of night.  Sure enough, twenty minutes later, a loud knock occurred just a short distance east of camp.  

 

Captivated, we listened intently for the next hour and heard nothing unusual except the continued distress of the local waterfowl.  I was thrilled that the sasquatches seemed to be back on their old schedule (some logging in the past five years seemed to have disrupted the activity a bit).  My wife was thrilled to hear a good, loud knock.  We were both happy to share the experience.  

The above recordings were obtained using a Zoom H6.  For more information on audio recorders I’ve used for bigfooting, click here.  

Springs, swamps, and the accompanying plant life permeate the area around the Blueberry Bog.

Yeti in My Spaghetti

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Aug 122017
 

Yeti in My Spaghetti

This is one of my favorite recent acquisitions of bigfoot/yeti merchandise.  Yeti in My Spaghetti is a simple game for children of all ages based on the classic, Pick-Up-Sticks.  I enjoyed a few rounds of the game (with an adult beverage in hand), so I’ve already play-tested this one for the younger ones in your family.  Whether you purchase the game for your family or for your dorm room, it has the Cliff Stamp of Approval for entertainment.  

The game comes with a bowl, some plastic spaghetti noodles, and an adorable yeti toy.  It is played by laying the spaghetti noodles across the bowl and putting the yeti on top of the noodles.  From there, the players take turns trying to remove individual strands of spaghetti without causing the yeti to fall into the bowl.  Pretty simple, but surprisingly fun.  

Don’t let the yeti fall into the bowl!

The game is durable and made of plastic, so it is easily brought to the woods on your family’s next bigfooting trip.  It will clean off easily, and won’t break unless mistreated.  The family that participates in bigfoot activities together is a healthy one, and this game can add to that quality time.  

For you Pick-Up-Sticks masters out there, there is an added challenge to this newer, cooler version. In Yeti in My Spaghetti, the spaghetti strands are sort of twisted, so it’s not as easy to remove the noodles as straight sticks were back in the old days.  

The point of this game is to have fun, and it delivers on this simple goal.  Your family will love the game, and it’s a great way to eat up a hour or so while bonding as a family unit.  Integrating bigfoot and/or yeti into your family activities will only bring you closer together.  

Click on the links above to purchase.

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Conservation Before Discovery 2017

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Aug 052017
 

A few years ago in a blog post, I commented on how the legal protection of wild land is hugely beneficial to sasquatches, and indeed advocating for such protections might be one of the only things we (the bigfoot community) can do at the moment to protect our hairy friends.  I called the idea, “Conservation Before Discovery,” and it was largely the result of former President Obama making huge tracts of land into official wilderness areas, including the nearby Roaring River Wilderness.  Whether you agree with the politics or not, it’s hard to argue that wild lands are good for bigfoot populations.  Conservation of the land could provide sasquatches with a well-protected core area in which to rear offspring.  

When the article below crossed my desk the other morning, I found the general idea of the article to be what I was writing about all those years ago.  With this in mind, I thought I’d bring up the notion again in the context of the recent news piece.  

How the search for mythical monsters can help conservation in the real world

July 31, 2017 by Bill Adams And Shane Mccorristine, The Conversation

After fears the Loch Ness Monster had “disappeared” last winter, a new sighting in May 2017 was celebrated by its enthusiasts. The search for monsters and mythical creatures (or “cryptids“) such as Nessie, the Yeti or Bigfoot is known as “cryptozoology”.

On the face of it, cryptozoology has little in common with mainstream conservation. First, it is widely held to be a “pseudoscience”, because it does not follow the scientific methods so central to conservation biology. Many conservation scientists would find the idea of being identified with monsters and monster-hunters embarrassing.

Moreover, in the context of the global collapse in biodiversity, conservationists focus their attentions on protecting the countless endangered species that we know about. Why waste time thinking about unknown or hypothesised creatures? Most people are rightly sceptical of sightings of anomalous primates or plesiosaurs in densely populated regions that have been surveyed for hundreds of years.

However, while there are strong ecological and evidence-based reasons to doubt the existence of charismatic cryptids such as Nessie and Bigfoot, conservationists should not automatically dismiss enthusiastic searches for “hidden” species. In fact, cryptozoology can contribute to conservation in several ways.

The article continues here:
https://phys.org/news/2017-07-mythical-monsters-real-world.html

Where Bigfoot Walks – Crossing the Dark Divide

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Aug 032017
 

Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide 
By Dr. Robert Pyle

One of my favorite bigfoot books (and one that has been on my list of excellent additions to any bigfoot library for a long time) has been reprinted this year with a new chapter!  The butterfly specialist and wordsmith, Dr. Robert Pyle, has updated his classic tome, Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide.  

This isn’t your average bigfoot book in that it isn’t full of sighting reports and evidence supporting the existence of an undiscovered hominoid species.  This book is from the perspective of an educated, open-minded skeptic who takes a personal journey into the mystery (which is more than most skeptics do).  His knowledge of the terrain and environment of the Dark Divide, an area deep in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, comes forth in his writing, as does his appreciation of the natural beauty of the area.  

This book doesn’t necessarily persuade the reader that bigfoot is real, but it does something equally important.  It persuades the reader that the possibility exists, and this is often the first step into a larger world for the uninformed on the subject.  Dr. Pyle takes you on his journey with him, and shows that the mystery itself is a valuable thing for us all.  The quest is worth the journey, though the final destination of that quest is uncertain.  

And, as an added bonus, the newest edition includes a few words from yours truly as well.  

I will be making an appearance in White Salmon, WA with Dr. Pyle on October 28th where he will be doing a reading from his book.  If you haven’t had a chance to meet Dr. Pyle, you really should make an effort to do so.  His thoughtful perspective on the subject is a delight to hear, to say the very least. 

Click on the link above to pick up your copy.

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1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprint Casts

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Jul 112017
 

1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprints – Pair

One of the best documented footprint finds was in Grays Harbor County, WA in 1982.  Over a period of a few months, at least nine footprints were found and cast by witnesses, the local police, and a small number of bigfooters including Dr. Grover Krantz and Cliff Crook.  

However, it has come to my attention that two very good quality replicas are being commercially and legally sold.  The two casts in question come from the original molds made by Dr. Grover Krantz and licensed to Skulls Unlimited, a commercial fossil supplier.  

The casts can be bought as a pair (click the picture or link above), or as individuals (click the picture or links below).  There are other casts from this individual occasionally available from reputable sources at various bigfoot conferences across the country.  

 

1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprint – Right

 

1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprint – Left

This track line also produced two half-casts from when the creature was running.  One half-cast was taken back in 1982 and is well-documented in the literature, but the other and its recent discovery is documented on the DVD, Bigfoot Road Trip.  Both half-casts are shown below.  

A page in my bigfoot track database is long overdue for the footprint finds during this time, and one will eventually be added.  For now, you can enjoy reading the report filed by the sheriff witness himself, Dennis Heryford, in the BFRO database by clicking this link.  

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The Paranormal Outlet

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Jul 022017
 

Casts donated by Cliff Barackman are on display in the Paranormal Outlet.

Today, July 1, 2017, is the grand opening of the Paranormal Outlet in Avon, NY.  They currently have a brick and mortar storefront, a website, and a Facebook page.  They describe themselves as follows:

The Paranormal Outlet is New York’s one and only Paranormal Outlet. It is a place for the Paranormal Investigator, Ghost Hunter, Bigfoot enthusiast and Spiritualist. We aren’t just a store of gadgets, we are a hub for All Things Paranormal! Come browse, shop and learn. Sign up for lectures and more….

As the business continues to grow, they will offer not only paranormal-themed merchandise, but will host special events including guest speakers from far flung corners of the globe, and overnight ghost hunting trips to creepy places.  For more about their upcoming events, click this link.  

I look forward to seeing this store grow in the coming years.  To help them along, I donated two casts to them, which are on display in the store.  Please drop the store and check it out.  Send me photos from the store, and please tell them I sent you!

Click here for a media story on the opening.

 

Let’s do Lunch

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Jun 292017
 

Bigfoot Metal Lunchbox

I must be a nerd, because I love stuff like this.  I had a similar lunchbox in elementary school, but it had a Scooby-Doo design.  Nowadays, I can’t think of a better design than to have a bigfoot metal lunchbox.  

The design on the back isn’t so bad, either.  There’s even a lake monster in the scene.  The bigfoot pose reminds me of that scene from Letters From the Big Man.  (See below.)

Whether it’s for you, or a student who brings a lunch to school every day, perhaps this item could be a squatchy addition to what would be a normally bigfoot-free lunch.  

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Back to School with Bigfoot

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Jun 282017
 

Back to School with Bigfoot

Back to School with Bigfoot by Samantha Berger and Martha Brockenbrough, just released yesterday, will certainly prove to become a favorite among teachers and children alike.  All students (and teachers) have some level of anxiety of going back to school after summer vacation, and it turns out that bigfoot does as well.  

The book is from a sasquatch’s perspective as he goes through the same ordeals a student would from trying on new shoes to getting a haircut.  I would suppose that for a bigfoot, these mundane worries would be particularly troublesome.

Samantha Berger has written a number of monster-themed children’s books before, and Martha Brockenbrough was the author behind the official Finding Bigfoot: Everything You Need to Know (Animal Planet) book, for which I wrote the introduction and fact-checked the text.  She is no stranger to the bigfoot field.  

Click this link to pick up a copy of Back to School with Bigfoot for you, your children, or their teacher!  Click here for more books that I recommend for young readers.

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Sasquatch Nest eDNA Study

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Jun 232017
 

Big news on the science front is just emerging, and you can be a part of it.  But first, let me give you a little background.  

If you haven’t yet heard, some very peculiar nests which very well might have been made by the local sasquatches in the area have been found on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.  Over twenty nests have now been discovered in an area not larger than one square mile.  The site, which is off-limits to the general public, has been under observation for two years by some of the top researchers from the Olympic Project.  I will leave it to them to eventually publish the findings and results of their study at a future time.  For now, just know that this is going on, and has been for a couple years now.  

I have personally seen the nests, and I am very impressed by them.  I will go on record as saying that I believe sasquatches made them.  They were constructed by twisting and breaking off branches from the surrounding huckleberry bushes which grow up to 8 feet tall in the area.  The branches were brought to the nest locations and seemingly woven in an intentional shape that most resembles the ground nests of gorillas.  The only other contender for possibly having made the nests would be a black bear, but a biologist who saw the nests noted that if this is black bear behavior, it is undocumented black bear behavior.  Nothing like this has been seen before by anyone involved.  

Recently, Dr. Jeff Meldrum was taken to the nest site area and shown a number of the nest structures.  He took core samples from a number of the nests and will now attempt to get an environmental DNA analysis, or eDNA study, done on them.  

Environmental DNA, also known as eDNA, is a way to get DNA from the environment, hence the name.  This means that samples can be taken of dirt from the floor of caves, feeding sites, nests, or other locations where an animal is known to have been and tested for residual DNA, thus proving their presence.  This technique has already been used to obtain DNA from a variety of animal species, including extinct species such as Neanderthals and Denisovans, both extinct hominins (or thought to be extinct) closely related to humans.  Click here to read about these remarkable finds.  

EDNA testing is pretty expensive, though, and that’s where we come in.  Dr. Meldrum has started a crowd-funding effort to raise the money to get the samples tested.  This is something we can all do together as a community to help provide solid, verifiable, scientific evidence for the existence of sasquatches.  No donation is too small, and every dollar counts.  I have donated, and I recommend you do too.  Please share the link widely, post it on your social media accounts, and be loud and proud that you are helping to possibly solve the mystery of bigfoot.  Click this link to participate in the fund raising campaign to prove bigfoot is real by eDNA analysis.  

Sure, there is a chance that these are not nests made by sasquatches.  Perhaps this will be another dead end, like so many efforts that have come before.  But, think about it…  How would you feel if this proves bigfoot is real and you didn’t donate even a dollar?  This is an opportunity to participate in what could be the biggest scientific discovery of the new century.  It’s worth a buck.  Do it.  

Click here to donate.  

 

5/31/17 Road Crossing Near Morton, WA

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Jun 032017
 

 

The location where a sasquatch was observed running across the road near Morton, WA

At 2:40 pm on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 a security guard (who will remain anonymous) was traveling north on Highway  7 out of Morton, WA.  As he passed a clear cut on his left, he saw a huge hairy figure run bipedally from left to right across the road in front of him, seemingly from the trees bordering the clear cut into the heavy brush on the right side of the road.  The figure was immediately recognized as a sasquatch because of the figure’s size, and its speed.  The sasquatch crossed between one and two hundred feet ahead of him, and it was already in the road when the witness first noticed it.  

The witness was in his patrol car with his K9 police dog companion at the time of the sighting.  He slowed down where the figure disappeared into the brush on the right side of the road in order to see if he could catch another glimpse of the creature, but he saw nothing.  His dog, however, immediately “went stupid barking and bouncing around in his crate” as they slowly drove through the area where the bigfoot crossed.  

In an email, the witness wrote, “There is absolutely no mistaking what I saw.  Full daylight and 150-200 feet directly in front of me.  The animal was 8 to 10 feet tall with dirty blonde colored fur with a white or lighter colored stomach.”  He went on to say there was no way it was a man in a suit because of the size and speed.  He was also willing to take a polygraph test to verify his story.
 
I received his email on June 2nd and immediately called the witness.  I was already familiar with the Morton area from having been on several expeditions nearby, and even obtaining an interesting sound recording there.  
 
We arranged a meeting for that very evening at 6 pm in Morton, WA.  I wanted to get on the scene as soon as possible in case footprints or other spoor were still there.  The weather had been good, so there was a good chance that something might be located.  
 
I met the witness and his sixth grade daughter at the scene and he retold his account to me on camera.  Concerned about his employment, I assured the witness his identity would not be made public by me.  I will only make this recording public with his explicit permission, an agreement I make with all my witnesses.  
 
We looked around for several hours for footprints or sign of the sasquatch’s passing.  Since the witness was unsure as to exactly where the bigfoot ran out or into the woods, it was very difficult to locate anything.  A one hundred yard stretch of woods is a huge area to search, and two days had passed allowing the grass and other plants to stand up straight again, functionally erasing any sign of the bigfoot’s passing.  I did find numerous animal trails, complete with deer and elk prints, but no definitive signs of the sasquatch.  
 
I found the witness to be fully believable.  His daughter shared with me how excited her father was when he shared the story with her over the phone on the same evening he saw the sasquatch.  He spent his own time and money to drive out to the location from his home near Tacoma, WA immediately after picking his daughter up from school.  He wore his uniform to the site, complete with side arm and badge, and he brought his K9 unit out to sniff around as well.  He didn’t believe nor disbelieve in sasquatches before his sighting, but now is very interested in the subject and has started asking his friends and looking online for more information.  
 
If you have any information about sasquatches in the Morton, WA area, or anywhere else for that matter, please contact me and share what you know.
 

Star Wars and Sasquatch, Together Again

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May 122017
 

 

Yes, it’s really true.

Like most people my age, I am a fan of Star Wars, and have been since seeing the original in the theaters back in 1977.  At that early age, I even thought that Chewbacca was a sasquatch, which of course makes me smile all these years later due to the whole Matilda fiasco, but I digress.  

Whenever Star Wars crosses with the bigfoot subject, I am, of course interested, so when I saw the graphic above I wanted to learn more.  As it turns out, the story above is true!  There is, in fact, a comic book with this story line that was produced by Dark Horse Comics with the above story line.  The story, entitled Into the Great Unknown, is contained in Star Wars Tales, Volume 19.

As it turns out, the comic book itself seems to be out of print.  The only link Amazon has is below:

Star Wars Tales Vol. 19

The good news is that someone has put the comic book out on Youtube for everyone’s enjoyment.  So, below is the Youtube version of that comic book, but be sure to give it a read in case the copyright folks notice that it’s up!  

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Pre-1958 “Bigfoot” Reference

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May 062017
 

As every bigfooter probably knows, the word “bigfoot” was coined by Jerry Crew and his road building employees back in 1958 when they started finding large footprints going across the freshly torn up road they were building the day before.  Jerry and his crew were puzzled by these prints (though the Yurok natives on the crew knew what was responsible for them and started leaving the job because of it), so he consulted his taxidermist friend, Bob Titmus, who gave him plaster and directions on how to cast the footprints.  Jerry made a cast and brought it to the local paper in Eureka, and soon a newspaper story was written.  The story then spread on the AP news wire, and viola!  America had a name for that hairy biped that had been seen all over the country: “Bigfoot.”  

Of course, the creatures called bigfoot weren’t invented in 1958.  Hairy wildmen have been reported in North America for as long as there have been people there.  The wildmen just weren’t called “bigfoot” yet.  The word, “bigfoot,” was first used to publicly refer to sasquatches in 1958 when Jerry made those casts and brought one to the paper.  

I had always thought that “bigfoot” was the term used solely because the footprints that Jerry Crew and his men found were big.  That seemed simple enough, and there was never any good reason to question that assumption…  Until now.  There might have been another influence on Jerry’s choice of names.

Recently, I received an email from a woman named MaryAnn with a link to an episode from the 1950’s western, Death Valley Days.  The episode’s title was “Mr. Bigfoot.”  The episode is copyrighted 1956, two full years before Jerry named the creature that was making those big footprints.  

 

Scroll to the bottom of this article to watch the full episode of “Mr. Bigfoot” from the series, “Death Valley Days.”  

The episode is as corny as one would expect television to be in the mid 1950’s, and it made me smirk a number of times.  At around the 25 minute mark in the episode, Professor Muchmore starts talking about “Mr. Bigfoot.”  Muchmore explains that huge footprints measuring 18 inches long were occasionally found in the Owens Valley just west of Death Valley back in the 1860’s.  The footprints were six inches across the toes, and the stride was seven feet long when the creature was walking.  Sound familiar?

In the end, the tracks end up being a vehicle for the Professor to play Cupid, and much of what he told the protagonist about those footprints is never explained nor expanded upon.  But still, the size of the footprints, the stride, and the fact that the local Indians had a name for the creature all ring true with what we now think of as “bigfoot.” 

The details and possible implications of this episode are interesting to ponder.  I wonder if the episode’s writer had some knowledge of large footprints.  Did some other person, perhaps a resident of the Owens Valley, observe footprints of this size and tell the episode’s producers or writers about it?  The Owens Valley would be a likely place for a sasquatch to live.  There are bigfoot reports to this day in the Owens Valley.  At one time it would have been even better bigfoot habitat, especially back in the 1860s when the footprints were supposedly found in this fictional story, when the valley was more lush

And now, our feature presentation:  

Drink Beer Until You Believe in Sasquatch

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May 022017
 

Drink ‘Till You Believe – Engraved Beer Glass

There are several ways to come to believe that sasquatches are real.  Of course, the fastest way is to see one with your own eyes.  Another way, though long and labor-intensive, is to become well educated on the subject, its history, and the available evidence.  Another way, one that is the “lazy-person’s-quick-and-easy-way” would be to drink beer until you believe.  This might be one of the more fun ways as well.  

If the latter of the above methods is the one that most appeals to you, there is a product that guides you to your goal, whether it be believing in bigfoot or drinking a lot of beer.  Pictured above is the Drink ‘Till You Believe Engraved Beer Glass, complete with permanently etched markings to let you know where you are on the “I believe” gradient.  Drink a little and you stay a skeptic.  A bit more leads you to the “on the fence” mark.  Towards the end of your glass, you believe.  Finally, when you finish the delicious beverage, you actually see one (or so it says at the bottom of the glass, like the happy face on the bottom of a child’s oatmeal bowl).  

I guess the downside of this product is that when you wake up after an intensive night of using this glass for bigfooting, you might not believe anymore.  More likely, you won’t want to have anything to do with sasquatches again because of the hangover. (To save face, just tell your friends that you’ve been zapped and the bigfoot psychically damaged your brain.)  

You probably know a beer-loving bigfooter.  We can be notoriously difficult to buy for, being the eccentric folk we are.  This gift might be just what they’ve always wanted but didn’t know existed. Click here or on the picture above to order one right now!  

For whatever it’s worth, though I love beer, I strongly recommend that you become a bigfoot believer through the method of become well-educated in the subject, its history, and the available evidence.  You can still enjoy a beer while reading bigfoot books, though!  

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304th Rescue Squadron

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Apr 202017
 

The 304th Rescue Squadron is a Air Force Reserve Command combat-search-and-rescue unit located at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon.  Like all good Pacific Northwesterners, they have a certain love for bigfoot, or so their logo makes it seem.  

The 304th Rescue Squadron has taken on many missions over its lifespan, including over 100 immediately following the eruption of Mount St. Helens.  They have missions in both peace and wartime.  

Check out their Facebook page and post a “hello” from a bigfoot lover.  Tell them Cliff sent you!

Walking With Bigfoot – A Beginner’s Field Guide to Common Birds of North America

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Apr 172017
 

Walking With Bigfoot – A Beginners Field Guide to Common Birds of North America 
by Sharen and Mark Mellicker

This is the second in a series of children’s books written as field guides for the young bigfoot lover.  The first book walked with a family of bigfoots through the woods and pointed out tree species and how to identify them.  In this book we travel with the same bigfoot family, but this time focus on various woodland habitats and the birds that live in them.  Each page has a narrative as the main text with the margins filled by illustrations by Sharen Mellicker depicting birds and how to identify them.  

While reading this book, lesson plans and projects came rushing into my head, as is the tendency with any professional educator.  If I was still a classroom teacher, I would use this book as a template for a student assignment.  After all, there are few better “hooks” to get a young person reading than to get them reading about bigfoot.  

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Sasquatch Multi Tool

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Mar 252017
 

Sasquatch Multi Tool

 Being a fan of all things sasquatch, as well as cool gadgets and tools, I had to tell you all about this little gem.  While I wouldn’t want this to be my only multi tool in a survival situation (I prefer a good bushcraft knife), it would serve you well in most other camping situations.  

This bigfoot tool contains the following uses, though the creative (or hard-pressed) could figure out several others, I’m sure:

  • A – Hex wrenches.
  • B – Bottle opener.
  • C – Cord cuter.
  • D – 1″ Ruler. E – Flathead screwdriver.
  • F – Phillips head screwdriver.
  • G – Butterfly wrench. H – Can opener

Click the following link or the photo above to order your own Sasquatch Multi-Tool before you need it next!

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Bigfoot in Evolutionary Perspective – Book Review

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Mar 012017
 

Bigfoot in Evolutionary Perspective: The Hidden Life of a North American Hominin 
By T. A. Wilson

 

In a nutshell, Bigfoot in Evolutionary Perspective is a book that looks at data from various sources and uses that data to come to conclusions about bigfoot.  The sources range from John Green’s sightings database, the BFRO database, and various books and publications.  Wilson uses his own field experiences as grounds for his conclusions as well, as any field researcher should do.

The book is definitely a valuable resource for researchers.  Wilson has created numerous charts and graphs in which he shows a breakdown of how many reports from Green’s database show a certain characteristic, such as height, arm length, or even the types of foods sasquatches have been seen eating.  In fact, there is an entire section at the end of the book that only features these graphics, though they are peppered throughout the book in the appropriate chapters where those features are discussed. 

A notable chapter in the book solely deals with the value and reliability of eyewitness testimony.    This is particularly important to bigfooters because of the assumption by skeptics that eyewitness testimony is unreliable.  Using data from psychological field studies, Wilson clearly shows that eyewitnesses are adroit at getting the main details of unusual events correct in retellings. 

Other conclusions Wilson draws from the data are interesting to note, though many have been published elsewhere, such as the running speed of saquatches, how far and high they can jump, and others.  However, even when rehashing these particular abilities, he does an excellent job using sighting reports to support his claims. 

There are several points where my own opinion differs from that of Wilson’s.  These points tend to come from assumptions that Wilson makes.  Fore example, one entire chapter of the book details how sasquatches couldn’t possibly be a relict form of Gigantopithecus.   While I am far from certain that sasquatches are relict Gigantos, I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the idea.  Wilson sites the research done by Cinchon in his book, Other Origins: The Search for the Giant Ape in Human Prehistory, probably the most complete book on the discovery and analysis of the Gigantopithecus fossils.  Many assumptions about Gigantos have been made by both Cinchon and Wilson that would be difficult to know considering how few fossils we have of these creatures.  No post cranial fossils of the species have been recovered, and everything we know about these creatures is derived from a handful of mandibles and a few hundred teeth.  Saying that they were quadrupeds is as speculative as saying they were bipedal.  Saying that Gigantos were almost exclusively herbivorous, had limited endurance, or only ranged locally are other examples of speculations based on incomplete data. 

Another glaring example where my opinion diverges from that of Wilson has to do with the sasquatch hand.  Since Wilson assumes that sasquatches are a hominin, which could very well be true, he also assumes that they would have to have human-like hands for precision grip.  Yet the data suggests otherwise.  Wilson contests the idea that the sasquatch thumb lies parallel to the other fingers.  Such a thumb, if limited to this one position, would indeed lack the ability to pick up, grasp, and hold objects, just as he claims.  Wilson’s mistake is his assumption that the sasquatch thumb can ONLY lie parallel to the other fingers.  Just as your thumb can move inwards in a grasping motion and back and forth on a more horizontal plane, sasquatch thumbs seem to do the same.  In fact, the available sasquatch hand casts show the thumb to be impressed at various angles from the other fingers demonstrating this mobility.  Wilson uses many paragraphs to explain why such an inflexible and strange hand structure could not possibly be used for the variety of applications that sasquatch hands must be used for.  I agree.  The problem here is the inflexible idea that sasquatch hands can only bend a certain direction.  I would argue that assuming a sasquatch thumb can only move in that limited way is a product of rigid expectations. 

This cast was collected by Wes Sumerlin in the Blue Mountains. Note the angle of the thumb compared to the other fingers.

This huge hand was cast by Paul Freeman in the Blue Mountains. Note the thumb position as it bends inwards towards the camera.

The Titmus hand cast from the Bluff Creek area. Note the thumb lying parallel to the other fingers on the left.

Since Wilson disagrees with the hand analysis supported by Krantz and Meldrum based on the Freeman hand casts, he therefore goes on to assume that the Freeman handprint evidence, and indeed other casts not collected by Freeman but are often ascribed to him because they were collected in the Blue Mountains, are all hoaxes.  This assumption then spills over to any evidence thought to have been collected by Freeman in the Blue Mountains.  In my opinion, this is an error.  Not only does most of the Freeman evidence stand up to analysis, but many of the so-called Freeman casts were actually collected by others, including Wes Sumerlin, Dar Addington, John Mionczynski,  Vance Orchard, and others.  Unfortunately due to incomplete and poorly-recorded data, these others’ contributions to the Blue Mountains evidence has been incorrectly ascribed to Paul Freeman.  

Don’t get me wrong.  Just because I disagree with some of Wilson’s conclusions doesn’t make this book any less valuable.  In fact, I agree with most of his conclusions about bigfoots.  I can also happily say that I picked up a couple things from the book that I hadn’t considered before.  Wilson bravely speculates on what he thinks bigfoots are and can do, which makes for a much bolder book than the compendium of sighting reports that most bigfoot books end up being.  Early in the book Wilson states that these are only his conclusions and he can be reasonably disagreed with.  All good researchers should have this opinion.  None of us have all the facts, and Wilson uses statistical analysis well to support many of his conclusions. 

The book can be a little dry at times, as any statistical analysis can be, but the text is information-rich.  I don’t agree with some of Wilson’s assumptions, but I also don’t mind my own assumptions being challenged by others, such as Wilson, when they are well-informed, use data, and have some field experience to back them up.  While peppered with sighting reports, this is not a narrative, and the eyewitness reports are included to support Wilson’s conclusions as examples.  For those scientifically-minded bigfooters that use facts and data to drive their opinions about sasquatches, I strongly recommend reading this book. 

Click the link below to purchase your copy of this excellent bigfoot book. 

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Bigfoot in Evolutionary Perspective: The Hidden Life of a North American Hominin

Territorial Behavior

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Feb 282017
 

A new bigfoot movie has just been realeased called Territorial Behavior. Directed by Peter Bergin, it seems to be an interesting combination of a tale of survival and and bigfoot lore.  

I have only seen a few clips shared with me by Peter, but I like what I’ve seen so far!  A particularly cool scene is when a bigfoot pushes its face into the walls of a tent from the outside.  Creepy stuff, if you ask me, yet something we’ve all been asking and hoping for.

Territorial Behavior

The title is available on Amazon starting today, February 28th, 2017.  For more information, visit the film’s Facebook page.  Click in the picture or title immediately above to be the first in your squatching circles to own this film on DVD or Blue Ray!  

Sasquatch Tales: Woodbooger’s Woods

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Feb 242017
 

Sasquatch Tales: Woodbooger’s Woods 
By Dana Lynd

I love it when people think outside the box, and there is not doubt that author Dana Lynd did just that when coming up with the idea for Sasquatch Tales: Woodbooger’s Woods.  

The book shares an account of a family’s camping trip to the woods.  Knocks are heard, a footprint is found, but not much really comes from the events.  When the end of the book is reached, the reader is instructed to turn the book over and backwards, and then to read the book again.  This time it is presented from the eyes of a sasquatch watching the family on their camping trip.  

The book is an excellent example of perspectives in storytelling, and with a sasquatch as a silent protagonist, it would certainly be a favorite in the classroom or at home.

To order the book, click the links above.  For more suggestions on bigfoot books for kids and teens, click this link

Walking With Bigfoot – A Beginner’s Field Guide to Common Trees of North America

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Feb 232017
 

Walking with Bigfoot – A Beginners Guide to Common Trees of North America 
By Sharen and Mark Mellicker

This book is a short field guide of trees in North America as seen from a walk with a family of bigfoots.  Each page has easily read, hand-written information on bigfoots, trees, or their fruits.  The language is not “dumbed-down” for young readers, giving them the real scientific terms for classifications of leaves.  A visual glossary of leaf terminology is given in the last pages of the excellent book for young naturalists/bigfooters.  

The art in this field guide is of an interesting style.  It seems to be a combination of paint, markers and collage.  This combination makes many of the features in the art pop off of the page for the reader.  It would also inspire young artists to try their hands at using these same techniques.  If any original bigfoot art is created in your home using these techniques, I’d love to see it!  Email a copy of it to me by clicking here!  

A family of bigfoots chill while you read about wild fruits of North America.

At the publisher’s website, NatureLoverBooks.com, you can find links to bigfoot information, nature art projects and more.  It’s a great resource for parents and teachers alike.  

To buy a copy of this excellent book, click this link.