Just by reading the title many of you may say I pass on this blog, there is no way Bigfoot is real, he is just a myth, perpetuated by storytelling just to scare people. Many who believe including myself are afraid to be lumped into those who believe in the Lochness Monster or the Chupacabra and Skin-walkers, Tommy knockers. Many of you are probably saying wasn’t Tommy Knockers a movie. But I have found there are legitimate reasons that Bigfoot has been around for so long, going back to the Native Americans. For those who wish not to read a whole Wikipedia on Bigfoot and Native American culture, I will give you a small lesson.
Bigfoot is a common to folkore of most Northwest Native American Tribes. Legends describing the creatures at 6-9 feet tall, very strong, uncivilized and often foul-smelling, usually living in the woods. Native American creatures are almost always said to be unable to speak human languages, using whistles, grunts and gestures to communicate.
There is where the intertribal Bigfoot similarities end, however. In the Bigfoot myths of some tribes, Sasquatch and his relatives are generally shy and benign figures. Over the years Bigfoot has come by many names depending on the region you will find Bigfoot or Sasquatch, most of Western American will be known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch, but there is also Yeti of the Himalayas, but in Native American Culture they have many names such as Boqs, Chiye-Tanka, Hairy Man. http://www.native-languages.org/legends-bigfoot.htm
Native American Culture and Bigfoot
I have always been a believer from a young age, although I live in Southern California, I guess my first real impression of Bigfoot was from Film, “Harry and Henderson’s”. Although this is a heartfelt comedy and although we would all like to believe that Bigfoot is a gentle giant and many ways they are, I is my impression that you can never bring Bigfoot home, which is what Dr. Wrightwood thought, until meeting him, finding him to be loveable but known the less people that he was some nut, but he knew what he saw and didn’t care if anyone believed him.
From the point of seeing that film I needed to know more, because Art Imitates Life in many way of what is real at times, not always. But because of the amount of sightings that have taken place over the centuries, he is not just folklore, but a real phenomenon. The question many would ask is well if he’s real by hasn’t anyone caught him, or why is no bones. Well whose say there isn’t, in the words of Dr. Wright wood, “Have you ever seen a baby pigeon?” asking George Henderson and his reply was “No”, but they exist right, simple logic, Unless you have seen a baby pigeon and I stand corrected and Bigfoot would exist. But many times Bigfoot lives very deep in the forest, distances most would not go, but there have been many cases that live nearby.
I would like to believe I live in Rancho Cucamonga and behind me is the Foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, I imagine is looking down on me from the mountains, away from the public. The other reason Bigfoot may stay unnoticed is his/her ability to blend in. Recently I was listening to Finding Bigfoot stars Cliff Barackman and James “Bobo” Fay and there were mentioning on a recent Podcast of Bigfoot & Beyond with Cliff and Bobo they explained how Bigfoot hair has a certain reddish or orange tone that when the light reflects the sun off bringing out the natural elements in Bigfoot allowing him/her to stay hidden. It is my belief Bigfoot is very aware when people are near, probably have great senses to people when it comes to sight and sounds. I have been a watcher of Finding Bigfoot on the Animal Planet for many years.
Back to the research provided by BFRO (Bigfoot Field Research Organization) http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/finding-bigfoot/about-bigfoot/bigfoot-field-researchers-organization/?_ga=2.245324613.1936752951.1562193787-863149309.1562193787
Most Native American Tribes across North America have stories in their oral traditions describing giant hairy figures. To Quote BFRO “The tribes are spread across all the linguistic groups of native languages. Every native linguistic group has its own name for these figures, suggesting the stories of these figures did not all arise in the same place.
“Sightings continue to happen on certain native reservations in the United States and Canada — those reservations with an abundance of natural food sources.”
So you may say to yourself, I still don’t believe and that is fine, but I would encourage you to research more on the subject and see there are thousands and thousands of accounts of sights every year to see how of these people are not crazy. I admit some are crazy with B.S. stories even on finding Bigfoot the team had to weed out the crazies just to get a shot on T.V. and some of these people who would believe they did see one because they live in areas where Bigfoot would live.
The Evidence of Patterson and Gimlin
There have hundreds if not thousands of studies on Bigfoot, but the biggest exam of the search came from the Patterson-Gimlin (also known as the Patterson film) is an American short motion picture of an unidentified subject which is walking across the forest which is Bigfoot. The footage was from 1967 in Northern California and has had been subjected to much scrutiny and many attempts to debunk it, which have mostly failed.
Researcher have studied that film, zoologist, cryptozoologist and many others have review the film and by most accounts is authentic. The film makers were Roger Patterson (deceased) and Robert Gimlin. The story goes in the early afternoon for Friday October 20, 1967, Patterson and Gimlin were riding generally northeast on horseback along the east bank of Bluff Creek. At some time between 1:15 and 1:40 PM, they spotted Bigfoot crouching beside the creek estimated Bigfoot to be six feet to seven feet, but later raised the estimate. The film shows what Patterson and Gimlin claimed was a large, hairy, bipedal, apelike figure with short silvery brown or dark reddish brown hair.
I have seen this evidence and it is widely available so you be the judge yourself, but it is my opinion that this is No person in a costume, because of when the figures walks you can see muscle definition, something you would never see in a costume.
Bigfoot in Pop Culture
Over the years there have been other kinds of video proof of existence and pictures, but nothing to the magnitude of this film. Many in today’s society refuse to believe he exists and not keeping an open mind. Bigfoot will be around for years , decades and probably centuries to come, as those out there continue to search for him and will continue to be in pop culture such as movies like Harry and the Henderson’s, Yeti , The untold, Exist, and most recently Small foot, so there stopping pop culture.
I have found in today’s culture is much more enjoyable than some of the films today that promote death and killing, which is not always bad, but have an oversaturation of those films as it is.
So after reading this, if this peeked your interest I encourage you research, take a short hiking trip and go searching, learn the calls of Bigfoot such as whistle, knocks and yelps and Howls, you will find much of would I speak of on Finding Bigfoot, serious researchers looking for answers with a skeptic on the cast who has come across evidence she can’t explain.
As you can I am a firm believer, but I what I have not done is actually go out an search, which I would love to do, brave enough to take on the elements, sleep in the wilderness and wait for Bigfoot to walk in my path or at least let me know he is watching.
It is my belief Bigfoot is not meant to harm you and that he is more interested in us and that is why so many sightings have been around people, the interest of who we are and what we want in his neighborhood, so if you ever camping, stay calm and Keep Squatchin!