Sunday, March 27, 2011

How Do You Love the 'Squatch?

Perhaps you caught the most recent hullabaloo about bigfoot that is making the rounds on the news wires.  This incarnation of sensationalism is taking the form of a supposed video of "Knobby."  Here is the video:

For those who don't remember, "Knobby" is the name given to the bigfoot that was reportedly seen by that guy in rural North Carolina last year sometime.  The witness is clearly a "salt-of-the-earth" sort of character who made for great television.  He had a big personality, said super funny stuff, and by the sounds of it makes  some mean moonshine.  Did this guy see a bigfoot last year on his property?  He very well might have.  I don't know.  It kind of think it doesn't even matter.

As far as the new Knobby video goes, I think it's pretty clear that it's a hoax for a number of obvious reasons which I won't go into here.  I don't usually even address such trivial things on the blog, but this one got my wheels turning a bit, and I wanted to share some slightly deeper thoughts with you.

Like a reoccurring cold sore, bigfoot stories and videos regularly pop up on the lips of the media, soon to fade away leaving little more than an embarrassing bruise on one's bigfooty ego.  Friends, acquaintances, and sometimes even family, poke fun at us bigfooters and point to the ridiculous claims and personalities depicted.  The hoaxes make the subject, and the people involved in it, look ridiculous.  Still the media indulges the public so they can get their bigfoot fix.  We bigfooters weather the storm.  Why?  Because everybody loves the 'squatch, bigfooters and the public at large alike.  

"Everybody loves the 'squatch."  That sounds nice... until one thinks a little deeper.  

Love comes in many forms.  There's the "Here's your coffee, Sweetie" kind of love.  Then there's the "I'm proud of you, Son" kind of love.  But there's also the "It puts the lotion on" kind of love, too...  The scary kind that is obsessive and unhealthy.  The kind that only focuses on oneself.

Which brings me to the point of this blog.  What kind of love do you have for the 'squatch?  Why do you do this?  What are you looking for?

I'll go first by telling you what I'm not doing.  I do not do this bigfooting thing in order to prove or "discover" sasquatches as real animals.  I take the position that bigfoots have already been discovered, and we're just waiting for the academics to catch up.  (Much like when Columbus supposedly discovered the Americas.  How can one discover what was already known about by thousands of people?)

I do this bigfooting thing for many reasons, but the two most important are as follows:

First, and of lesser importance, is that I love the journey of bigfooting.  I am not destination-oriented, but rather am thoroughly enjoying the ride.  It's kind of like going on a walk.  One always seems to end up back home after a walk, so obviously the walk isn't about the destination.  One enjoys the sights, sounds, interactions, and minutia of the walk itself.  That's like me and bigfooting.  I'm loving the ride.  I love the nights in the woods (whether the big guys are around or not), blogging, videos, photos, recordings, footprints, outrageous characters, science, weirdness, culture, gatherings, researchers, songs, and possibilities that abound in this crazy field.  It keeps my relatively short attention span pretty well occupied.  

The more important reason I'm in this field is that since sasquatches do in fact exist, that means that "discovery" is inevitable.  It may not happen today or tomorrow, but it will happen.  It will probably happen much sooner than any of us expect.  No matter when "discovery" happens, it is an absolute and unfortunate fact (for them) that their time is running out.  "Discovery" will be the worst thing to ever happen to sasquatches.  

My hope is that in some way I can soften the blow of discovery for them.  

I will expand on this thought more in the coming months.  But for now, I request that you ask yourself some probing questions about character and intentions.  First and foremost among these questions is, "How do you love the 'squatch?"


  1. English is not my mother tongue, therefore I cannot respond on your deeper philosophical thoughts.
    However, two points:
    "It may not happen today or tomorrow, but it will happen."
    What a pitty. We all had high hopes after your allusins of the last eight weeks that you might be the next Columbus."We Indians" already know it for a long time - but now it is the time that the rest of the world takes note of our squatch.
    "No matter when "discovery" happens, it is an absolute and unfortunate fact (for them) that their time is running out. "Discovery" will be the worst thing to ever happen to sasquatches."
    I cannot subscribe to this view, also expressed by so many believers. The squatch survived until the beginning of the 21st century and survived even less ecologically aware times than our days. The squatch also survived generations of professional and leisure hunters - not even one of the hunters in the past 200 years can claim to have shot one!
    The "only" problem - and I admit a very big one - is the shrinkage of their habitats. But I am certain that the "discovery" of all things, proving to the world that it is a biological reality than just a myth or the imagination of naive people, will bring an impetus to conservation that probably has never occurred before.The scientifically proven fact that there is indeed a great ape or - even better - a kind of "wild man", closer to us than to gorillas and chimps,in the last wildernesses of North America could revolutionize the public awareness and care about conservation matters. Perhaps my thoughts are too optimistic. But myths vanish sooner or later, facts cannot be ignored and are hard to destroy. Therefore we, nature conservation and the squatch need "proof".
    Kind regards, Joerg

  2. Every time I see a squatch-related headline in the media, I can't help a groan - I know, by now, not to expect any reliable information through mainstream sources. This latest video of "Knobby" was no exception. It's just insulting.

    That said, what I love most about bigfoot is the mystery, the not-knowing, the fact that the world is huge and we could never possibly hope to have all the answers.

    And as you said, there's also the journey. Which for me...involves scaring myself half to death in the woods at night.

    I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog, and look forward to your posts. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us! :)

  3. I appreciate the blog. But I cannot agree that discovery will be the worst thing to happen to bigfoots. It would generate interest, awareness, and protective legislation, as well as draw the scientific community so that we could learn more about these North American wood apes. Anyway, keep it up.

  4. Hello Cliff Toorisky here, love what your putting out there and we both seem to be walking the same path... It seems as I get older my opinions change, my views on subjects seem to get clearer and for me the one constant has been Sasquatch in my life... I have asked these questions to my self that you have posed. It truly is a gut check when you think of the ramifications of your actions upon another species... Good work and as always look forward to your next blog as I have to admit I just love the writing style and content...


  5. I went bigfoot hunting a call back!