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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Folklore

It is my belief that there has existed and still may exist beings related to but not the same as homo sapiens. On every continent and in every racial group there are folklores of humanlike creatures. It is in countries like England and other European countries where these creatures are the most bizarre and unbelievable, creatures like elves and fairies are just too fantastic for one to believe that they had any basis in reality. There is a reason for that. The original creatures looked nothing like the modern depiction.
 In a non-literate society where tradition is handed down by word of mouth, the keepers of the tradition are more careful to render their stories faithfully and as accurate as possible. Changes occur of course, but usually not by design.
 On the other hand, in literate societies, there is little or no respect for verbal tradition. The literate intellectual sees these quaint stories handed down by the common people as fodder for his imagination and he creates stories to suit his fancy. These tales are mixed in and supplant the original folklore, and in a few generations the results are quite fantastic.
 I believe because of universality of these traditions, there must be some truth behind them.
 It is in societies that have an oral tradition, such as the Native American that you are likely to find the most accurate accounts of these homins.

Here are some interesting links at Bigfoot Encounters on the subject
http://www.bigfootencounters.com/biology/folklore.htm
http://www.bigfootencounters.com/biology/folklore2.htm
http://www.bigfootencounters.com/biology/folklore3.htm
http://www.bigfootencounters.com/biology/folklore4.htm

Now it seems that science has come around to discovering that there were more to the human line than previously thought:

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/03/neither-neanderthal-nor-sapiens-new-human-relative-ided.ars

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/03/24/new-ancestor-scientists-ponder-dna-siberia/

William Mayes

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bigfoot Comments

I received a few comments on my hypothetical bigfoot. Also received an email from a gentleman named Karl Breheim who said he had seen a bigfoot in Oregon, but that he already had a drawing that looked very much like the one that he saw.
His website is:
http://bigfootabcs.org/

I have a great number of drawings of bigfoot by me and by other artists. I have a folder full of eyewitness drawings, some by the witnesses, but most are interpretations by an artist of a witness's descriptions. To me the most important are those done by Harvey Pratt, because he actually sat down with the witnesses and had personal interaction with them. Also he is a professional forensic artist who has been doing this kind of stuff for forty years. Pete Travers has a gallery of drawings at his website, The Painted Cave, that he has done from eyewitness descriptions. I just saw yesterday an interesting rendition by Keith Foster from an eyewitnesses view throgh a telecope. I love Paul Smith's drawings. There are others whose names may escape me, but have done great work in trying to depict these creatures.

The features of hypothetical bigfoot are essentially human, I took the nose from my perception of Patty's nose, added ears even though nearly all descriptions of bigfoot lack this feature. Note that the ears of an ape are much higher than the ears of a human. No beard or hairy forehead. The main difference is the eyes. This is what gives it a nonhuman look. I wanted to see how many people would say that it looked like an ape or nonhuman simply because of the eyes.
 Karl's bigfoot had a full beard, which is the way I often draw bigfoot as you can see on this page.


William Mayes

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bigfoot and a Helicopter Crash

I've read a lot of stories of bigfoot rescueing children, hikers with broke legs, snakebite victims, even carrying an elk carcass for miles for hunters because they had been given some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. This has led me to believe that these creatures are not only intelligent but compassionate.
Then I hear stories like this: http://www.bfro.net/GDB/show_report.asp?id=2393
In reading this report about bigfoot and a helicopter crash, I note that none of the witnesses report any attempts by the creatures to actually try to eat the men that were pulled from the wreckage.

There is the possibility that these creatures were actually trying to help the men trapped in the wreckage.
 If this is true, I hope that none of the creatures were shot.
William Mayes

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hypothetical Bigfoot


Above is a hypothetical drawing of bigfoot. It is based on my interpretations of bigfoot that I have read from books and internet reports of sightings. There are a lot of variations in the descriptions of bigfoot, so I have chosen from certain descriptions and have drawn this face. I want to ask my readers :
A) Do you think this looks anything like an actual bigfoot?
B) Do you think it looks more humanlike than apelike?
C)Do you think an actual bigfoot looks more humanlike or more apelike?

In another post, I will explain why I have drawn the features as I have. Thank You for any feed back.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Where are the bodies?

Skeptics are constantly asking the question "Why haven't there been any bodies of bigfoot found?"
The following excerpts came from a Wikipedia article on Giants.

The book Forbidden Land by Robert Lyman (1971) recounts the following alleged finds:

* A decayed human skeleton claimed by eyewitnesses to measure around 3.28 meters (10 feet 9 inches tall), was unearthed by laborers while plowing a vineyard in November 1856 in East Wheeling, now in West Virginia.
* A human skeleton measuring 3.6 meters (12 feet) tall was unearthed at Lompock Rancho, California, in 1833 by soldiers digging in a pit for a powder magazine. The specimen had a double row of teeth and was surrounded by numerous stone axes, carved shells and porphyry blocks with abstruse symbols associated with it.
* Several mummified remains of humans with reddish hair claimed to range from 2-2.5 meters (6.5 feet to over 8 feet) tall were dug up at Lovelock Cave, (70 miles) north-east of Reno, Nevada, by a guano mining operation. These bones supposedly substantiated claims for legends by the local Paiute Indians regarding giants which they called Si-Te-Cah. However, there appear to be no verified Paiute legends about giants or that call the Si-Te-Cah giants [5]. Some of these artifacts can also be found in the Nevada State Historical Society's museum at Reno. Adrienne Mayor states that these skeletons are normal sized.[5] Mayor does not mention that some of the fiber woven sandals found at Lovelock Cave are extremely large, as great as 7 inches across the toes and over 15 inches in length (size 20 US mens) suggesting persons very much more than average size.[6]
* A 9' 11" (3.02 meters) skeleton was unearthed in 1928 by a farmer digging a pit to bury trash in Tensas Parish, Louisiana near Waterproof. In 1931 a 10' 2" (3.1 meters) skeleton was unearthed by a boy burying his dog in Nearby Madison Parish.

Aside from in Forbidden Land, we can find verified and unverified examples about the remains of giants:

* The skull of a youth 7 feet tall, and the partial limb bones of a man estimated at over 11 feet tall were unearthed in 1890 at the Bronze age cemetery of Castelnau-le-Lez, France and published in the science journal "La Nature"[7] and subsequently reported in the New York Times in 1892.[8]
* A 9' 8" (2.95 meters) skeleton was excavated from a mound near Brewersville, Indiana in 1879 (Indianapolis News, November 10, 1975).
* In Clearwater, Minnesota, the skeletons of seven giants were found in mounds. These had receding foreheads and complete double dentition[citation needed]
* A mound near Toledo, Ohio, held 20 skeletons, seated and facing east with jaws and teeth "twice as large as those of present day people", and beside each was a large bowl with "curiously wrought hieroglyphic figures." (Chicago Record, October 24, 1895; cited by Ron G. Dobbins, NEARA Journal, v13, fall 1978).

* Patagons of Patagonia in South America, are giants claimed to have been seen by Ferdinand Magellan and his crew.[10] Drake reported only finding people of 'mean stature'[11] although his Chaplain reported giants. However, even before Magellan, a Spanish romance called PrimaleĆ³n of Greece was published in 1512 in which a dashing explorer discovers savages, one named Patagon, whose descriptions are very similar to those of Magellan.[1

There is even a story in William Cody's autobiography about an encounter with the Pawnee Indians that reads. "While we were in the sandhills, scouting the Niobrara country, the Pawnee Indians brought into camp some very large bones, one of which the surgeon of the expedition pronounced to be the thigh bone of a human being. The Indians said the bones were those of a race of people who long ago had lived in that country. They said these people were three times the size of a man of the present day, that they were so swift and strong that they could run by the side of a buffalo, and, taking the animal in one arm, could tear off a leg and eat it as they ran." They too had six fingers on their hands, which was why the Indians raised their hands when they greeted someone, so that they could count the fingers, for they feared the six fingered men.

William Mayes

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Calling out to Bigfoot

When somebody goes out in the woods where bigfoot is suspected of being, they often try to mimic some of these sounds, or play an amplified recording of a purported bigfoot call or simulation of a purported bigfoot call to try to get some kind of response.

I don't believe that all the screams and whoops and yelps or whatever you may call them that are attributed to bigfoot are really bigfoot sounds. Wolves, owls and other birds can make some strange sounds.I can visualize two groups of bigfoot hunters call-blasting each other. Could this have happened? I don't know, but it's possible. It's even possible that someone taking a group out on a bigfoot expedition might decide to give his customers a memorable experience by faking a bigfoot call. It might get recorded and used as an example of a real bigfoot call. I'm not accusing anyone of doing this, I'm just pointing out that it's possible.

I don't know what bigfoot thinks about these meaningless sounds. I suspect he thinks the caller is trying to make a fool of him. More likely he thinks the caller is stupid.
I think it would be much better if you called out in english. I think some bigfoot know a few words of english. They have heard people speak. They may not know the exact meaning or how to use them in a sentence. Before they can learn that, there has to be some kind of vocal interaction between humans and bigfoot.

An interesting report of bigfoot imitating human words is given in the story of the "Zoobies", where a bigfoot or "Zoobie" was heard imitating a woman calling her chickens. The story can be read on Bobbie Short's Bigfoot Encounters. Here is a direct link: zoobies

No one ever tries to talk to bigfoot. I think it should be tried. What to say is another matter. Just say "Hello, I would like to talk to you and be your friend,"or something to that effect. I know you might feel embarassed shouting out something like that in front of your friends, but do it anyway. You might gain their trust and establish communication with them. Maybe not. But you'll never know till you try.

William Mayes

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I've lived in the woods and came to know and understand the creatures that inhabit it. I have compassion for all God's creatures, most especially the creature known whimsically as "bigfoot", since he is more like us than any other. I am now an old man and unable to run around in the woods. If I were able I would be out there right now trying to prove his existence. I started this blog to try to express some of the ideas and speculations I have had on bigfoot. I am not into bigfoot social events. I don't gossip about other bloggers. I try to keep myself informed of events. My ideas and opinions are my own and I make no apology for them. They are not written in stone and I welcome any and all civil comments. I am looking for the truth, not fame.

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