Thursday, May 05, 2005

Lest We Forget One of our Favorite Home Legends...

He has been less than favorably portrayed in several movies and TV programs. He has been pursued by all manner of would-be investigators ranging from modern-day bounty hunters with high-tech equipment to wild-eyed teenagers just out for a thrill. He has been hoaxed, both blatantly and surreptitiously. Various bits of evidence suggesting his existence have been picked apart at length by all manner of researchers, determined skeptics, and eager-to-believe enthusiasts. The most famous visual "proof" has been described in wildly differing ways by different "experts" over the years, most recently with evidence of its apparent falsehood...which has in itself become the subject of much debate. He is a fearsome monster to some, a benign, mystical beast to others, a thrilling legend to many, and a preposterous bit of fairy-tale hokum to many others.

Who am I talking about?

(Cue in an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man, in which a dead serious, Native American man says:) "Sasquatch. You call him...bigfoot."
(You can't leave out that dramatic pause in the middle, or it just doesn't work.)

Yes, sasquatch is still very much a part of the American cultural landscape. In fact, there are still a great many people that truly believe he is part of the literal landscape. It seems that a very large percentage of sightings (and hearings) over the years have taken place in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, mainly up in the heavily-forested mountain regions. Several encounters have occurred in areas that some of us that frequent this site have visited (including Colton, home of a certain church camp...). I guess you could say that sasquatch is an inextricable part of Oregon culture, as well.

Hmm...I wonder if he likes smoked salmon, hazelnuts, and craft ale...

11 comments:

Vulgarius said...

Goodness Elvis...You havent shaved since we last met.

Pa've said...

I think its possible. Every day scientists are discovering new forms of life on this planet. If this creature has any intelligence, it probably knows how to stay hidden.

DewKid said...

Ever seen a marsupial tiger? Here's an animal that was once held in captivity back in 1933. That was the one and only Tasmanian Tiger ever seen by man, and fortunately captured on film. Since then, only sightings of this strange creature have ever been recorded. Most scientists believe it is extinct (the one in captivity being the very last one), but there are those that think this creature still exists in the most secluded areas of Tasmania.

Yes, I believe its possible that there are living things out there we haven't yet seen. Not sure Big Foot is one of them, but then, not seeing something isn't evidence of its non-existence! (Is that a triple-negative? Did I even say what I meant?)

Catfish Johnny Redbeard said...

If bigfoot cuts down a tree in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, did he really cut the tree down?

Relatively Exact said...

Not if he's logging illegally on federal land with tacit federal approval and police protection.

"Nope. No one is cutting trees down here. You journalists are all under arrest."

(Oops...was that political?)

thehim said...

How do we know that Bigfoot wasn't just a very hairy guy that took too much acid at a Grateful Dead show in the 60s and just wandered around the Cascades for years?

Don Snabulus said...

The fact that I've been away from home from the last three weeks and there has been a sudden spike of recent Sasquatch sightings does not mean that there is a correlation.

Hi. (Okay, I liked about the spike)

The Moody Minstrel said...

Can be.

Vulgarius said...

..."sudden spike of recent Sasquatch sightings"...


Been goin' back to nature again Don?

Anonymous said...

Eltigris izzinz: have to agree with DewKid as well. I had watched a documentary fact finder which based its interview on a logging camp manager that is about as close to a modern day mountain man as they come. The camp is remote (Oregon forests I think) and hes the only one up there year round, and hard to find himself at times because he has no phone or radio to contact him. Claim was even for him the creatures are hard to find they being so stealthy. He showed trails that the sasquatch use, plus one site that they had some "gathering" where large tree branches were snapped in half. He has seen this gathering himself and pointed out there are no claw marks anywhere- so you cant say it was bears causing mayhem.

He didnt look like an individual that would make up hokey stories. He didnt give a damn about cities, civilization, or fame. He sounded the most credible I have ever seen so far.

But you know how the world this day and age..... you are going to have to find an actual body as proof.

Vulgarius said...

Therein lay the rub... Those Mountain men sure love their meat and potatoes!