Saturday, November 23, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #66

London Track #66
Track number 66 from the London Trackway is one of the least clear casts due to the substrate from which it was obtained. At times, the ground was covered with a thick layer of moss and algae where the track maker walked. This cast was obtained from one of those mossy patches. The depth of the toes show clearly in the cast, but not much else.

Friday, November 22, 2013

New Dinosaur Species and Sasquatch

This is an illustration of Siats meekerorum.
(Credit: Artwork by Jorge Gonzales)

A new species of huge carnivorous dinosaur has been discovered here in North America.  While this is not a dinosaur blog, I found it interesting that this new species has been dubbed Siats meekerorum.  The name was derived from Siats, the giant, humanoid, cannabalistic monsters from Ute mythology.

The Ute tribe are Native Americans who traditionally inhabited the Great Basin, though now they now are mostly found in Utah and Colorado.  They tell stories of giant, trickster humanoids that are called Siats (females were called Bapets) who would kidnap children.  The females would force the children to nurse from their breasts, poisoning and killing them.  They would then eat the children after they were dead.  Siats and Bapets were thought to be nearly immortal, though they could be killed with obsidian arrows or spears.  

We know that nearly every Native tribe in North America has bogey man stories such as these.  It is thought that many (if not all) of them derive from sasquatches sharing the lands with the Native people.  Now, the Ute Siat has transcended mammalianhood and has had its name bestowed on a reptilian monster.  

For more on monsters in Native cultures, and their possible connection to sasquatches, check out Kathy Strain's excellent book by clicking this link.  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sanderson Inscription to Jerry Crew

Sanderson's inscription to Jerry Crew
While filming volume two of Bigfoot Road Trip, I was treated by seeing (and holding and caressing) many lost treasures of bigfoot history.  Among them was this little gem.

Ivan T. Sanderson gave Jerry Crew a copy of his book, Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life.  Sanderson was kind enough to write a short, personalized inscription into the inside cover the book, which Jerry kept safe over the years (though a little water damage and time has taken their toll).

Sanderson and Crew knew each other well, and considered each other friends.  Besides this book, there were letters from the men to each other, as well as other relics from the history of bigfooting.  Many of these will be showcased for the very first time with the release of Bigfoot Road Trip, Volume 2, expected to be released this summer.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Orang Pendek Project - 3/27/13

An orang pendek footprint cast collected on
March 27, 2013 in Sumatra.
While hunting birds in the jungle, the witness stumbled across sign of a passing orang pendek. He found a line of footprints and broken trees (probably bamboo, but possibly sugarcane) that might have been foraged upon. He also found a pile of leftover fruit and husks in the footprint line. He notified John, the tracker for the Orang Pendek Project, and returned to the site to cast footprints.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Finding Bigfoot Season Four - Santa Cruz Field Notes

Mike Rugg and Cliff Barackman
Santa Cruz is pretty familiar territory for me, having been there probably a few dozen times over the years to visit friends. I had been there two or three times in the past specifically for bigfoot reasons, particularly when I lived in San Francisco, CA back in the late 1990′s. The areas between Big Basin and Pescadero were my target areas, though I ventured as far south as Big Sur. Though I have never run across a bigfoot in the region, I am certain bigfoots are at least part-time residents of the local mountains, and possibly even full-time ones.

When I was visiting Santa Cruz frequently, I would often visit my friends who lived on the “Ranch,” a strange shanty-town style garage converted into a semi-legal living situation on the backside of a cartoony five acre junk yard on Soquel Creek. The Ranch was adjacent to a persimmons orchard on one side, Soquel creek on the other, and steep redwood-laden hills on the backside of the property. Weird things happened at the Ranch, which is to nobody’s surprise, as weird folks lived there. Some of these things fit very nicely into the possibility of having sasquatches around on some occasions over the years.

Jeff, one of the primary residents of the ranch, reported some strange things to me over the years. For instance, one time he heard what he though was a very acrobatic person climbing the junk piles next to his home and walking on the roof before jumping off and running away. Another time while washing dishes, he saw distinct red lights down the long driveway. He said it reminded him of an eye looking at him, and indeed he thought it was a mountain lion or some other creature. Strange animal sounds were fairly common, including goats down in the creek area (where there were no goats), and loud growling and garbled roaring at the backside of the property.

And then there was the “Tall Man.” The Tall Man was seen on several occasions looking into the windows under the eaves of the house, more than eight feet off the ground. He was described as being totally dark with no features visible. He was once seen coming out of the creek, crossing the driveway, and passing over the barbed wire fence into the persimmons orchard. He moved like he was floating, giving the impression to the witnesses that he was more spirit than physical. Another time, just before dark, he was seen walking down the driveway. His head and top of the shoulders could be seen above the Ford Van that was blocking their view. He was always seen at dark or dusk, and always described as uniformly dark from head to toe.

Friday, November 15, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #5

London Track #5
London Track number five was never cast, but it was one of many to be measured. It was 14.5 inches long, 5.5 inches wide at the ball, and 4.75 inches wide at the heel.

Only three toes are clearly visible in the photograph. The grassy substrate did not allow for deep impressions into the soil, but the medial heel impressed a bit. Note in the photograph that there appears to be a rock at this point.

Cliff Barackman measuring the ball width of
London Track #5.
Click this link to visit the London Trackway Index.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #77

London Track #77
London Track number 77 is not a very detailed cast. Only three toes are visible, and a slight heel impression is evident. The heel impressed only about one cm into the substrate, and this feature is more visible in the daytime still than in the photos of the cast itself.

The striations on the toes are of some interest. They are not parallel, indicating the possibility of independent toe movement. If a fake prosthetic was used to make this trackway, it would be expected that the toes would show parallel striations since the digits would be all connected to the same surface. The close up of the toes in the gallery below shows this feature best.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Orang Pendek Project

I am pleased to publicly announce the Orang Pendek Project, an international cooperative effort to document data supporting the existence of the orang pendek of Sumatra.  Researchers on three continents are pooling their resources, knowledge, and efforts to find, gather, and document evidence that might eventually lead to the official academic acknowledgement of the existence of these diminutive bipedal apes.

A section of my website, will be devoted to showcasing the data collected.  This project has been quietly gathering evidence for a year now, and the results have been extraordinary.  Too much evidence has been collected to share at once, so over the coming weeks and months, I will be adding data as I am able.

Keep checking back for more information and evidence!  Click this link to go directly to the data index of the Orang Pendek Project.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Finding Bigfoot Season Four - Boggy Creek Field Notes

The Sulfur River Bottoms

Any bigfooter who was alive in the 1970′s has been influenced to some degree by the movie, The Legend of Boggy Creek. This 1972 pseudo-documentary certainly affected me in a huge way. Little did I know that decades later I would be visiting Fouke, Arkansas in an attempt to run into the Fouke Monster for myself.

Our town hall meeting was held in an old movie theater after an abbreviated screening of the movie. Lyle Blackburn, author of The Beast of Boggy Creek, was in attendance. It is Lyle who has done the most work on following up on the events of The Legend of Boggy Creek, and also who has tracked down the most reports from both before and after the film from the Fouke area. Hands down, Lyle is the single most important expert on both the film and the bigfoot reports from the vicinity.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Finding Bigfoot Season Three - Sumatran Field Notes

Under the forest canopy in the Sumatran jungle.

The subject of the orang pendek has fascinated me over the years. From the description, it clearly isn’t the same species as the North American bigfoot, but for some reason it really stimulated my curiosity. Maybe it was the remote location and the possibilities of what could be living in those jungles. Maybe it was the fact that a professional conservationalist, Debbie Martyr, had seen orang pendeks on more than one occasion. Whatever the case, when I found we had the opportunity to visit Sumatra to look into the mystery of these small unknown apes, I was thrilled. When I found that we would be accompanied by cryptozoologist, Adam Davies, I was even more excited.

I had been introduced to Adam Davies a few years back when I made an appearance on a radio program with Adam, Linda Godfrey, and Nick Redfern. It wasn’t a face-to-face introduction, but one where I called into the program from my phone (and actually from the Chehalis Indian Reservation in Washington where I was on a sasquatch expedition at the time). I had been in occasional contact with Adam since, and now we would get the opportunity to do field work together for the first time.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #3

London Track #3
This footprint was not cast, and the above photo, along with the others on the track's entry page in the database, are the only record of its existence.  

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #44

London Track #44
Yet another one of the London Tracks has been added to the database.  London Track number 44 produced a well-defined cast that shows some interesting details, including what might be an interpalangeal joint in the first digit.

Click here to find out more about this print.