I’m still working on the next post in the “Sasquatch Semantics” series, so please bear with me.
In the meantime, an article was recently published in the Maple Ridge News regarding the Erickson Project. Word has it that Adrian Erickson has several pieces of footage of Sasquatches that have been incorporated into a documentary we discussed here last year, Sasquatch: The Quest. However, apparently Erickson is waiting to release the documentary until Melba Ketchum’s DNA project results are published in a scientific journal.
The article mentions the footage several times:
“So armed with cameras, in 2005, the Erickson Project began its quest to document the sasquatch, capturing what is purported to be the only other footage of the creature since the 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film.”
“Erickson and his Reel Productions team say they filmed the sasquatch in Maple Ridge and in U.S. locations. They didn’t just film one – but several. They caught them sleeping, peering through trees and via thermal images. In his film, you can hear the sasquatch make low guttural sounds, the kind that make your hair stand on edge. The creatures are in a variety of colours – grey, brown and an orangutan orange.”
“Although Erickson captured sasquatch several times in clear, crisp images, he soon realized people would still dismiss his video as a hoax.”
“The Erickson Project picked sites in Maple Ridge, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama where they knew they could get close to the creatures.”
Part two of the article discusses Ketchum’s work.
“‘As an ethical scientist’ Dr. Ketchum won’t comment on any of sasquatch DNA testing or her findings until her research has been submitted to a journal and has passed a confidential peer review by experts in the field.”
“Ketchum stresses the DNA testing is being done independently of the Erickson Project, the first multi-site field study of the sasquatch in Canada and the U.S. with the goal to have it recognized as a species. ‘The peer review is essential to protect the integrity of a study by independently verifying the scientific analysis and conclusions in order to minimize people claiming this research as another bigfoot hoax or fraud,’ said Ketchum. She hopes to have the peer review complete and results ready for release by the end of the year.”
“The Erickson Project intends to release their documentary Sasquatch: The Quest in conjunction with the DNA test results.”
In the online version of the article, there are several photos, including one of a purported footprint in gravel. However, in the print version of the article (uploaded at BigfootEncounters.com), there is a photograph that is captioned: “Frame grab from an Erickson Project Video, Sasquatch: The Quest, depicts sasquatch sleeping.”
While the word “depicts” as used by the newspaper might call into question whether this is actual footage or a still from some sort of reenactment, presumably this would be the first image released from the Erickson footage. The photograph shows a lump of fur or hair lying prostrate on the ground behind some branches.
At first glance, it doesn’t look like much, though we shouldn’t necessarily expect the Erickson Project to release anything compelling at this point. The photo does not show anything recognizable or distinct. However, upon close examination, I did wonder if my eye caught what might be curled fingers and a fingertip with a long, protruding nail toward the rear of the photo:
Upon closer examination, it looks like… I don’t know what. But after analyzing so many photographs over the years, my eyes tend to look for solid details in amongst the fuzz.
So what can we expect from the Erickson Project footage?
Bigfoot researcher Mary Green, who claims to have seen some of the footage, said: “Dennis Pfohl showed me several videos, some of them taken in color and daylight… One color video showed several minutes of the young female sleeping on the ground. It was a bit dark in the woods but the one who filmed did an excellent job of capturing her while she slept. The female hominid was not curled up tightly, but rather laying mostly on her back. She looked very relaxed…” You can read the rest of that interview with Mary here.
Apparently, according to the ASSR, Wildlife Biologist and bigfoot author John Bindernagel feels the clips are “for real and actually quite good”. (Quoting the Alberta Sasquatch Sighting Reports website paraphrasing Bindernagel.)
On MNBRT blogtalk radio with Abe Del Rio on March 7, 2011, guest host Sharon Lee asked veteran Canadian researcher and author John Green whether he’d had the opportunity to view any part of Erickson’s documentary. Green replied, “I’ve only seen a few clips of what may be Sasquatch and he’s stopped in here a few times and we’ve talked about it. I think it’s, you know, before anything is going to be earthshaking it’s got to be better than the Patterson movie which is pretty hard to imagine. But I’m waiting just like everyone else to see what he is able to put together.”
Sharon responded, “Okay, so you haven’t seen any of it even though you are featured…”
John Green replied, “I’ve seen what, uh… I call his things ‘could-bes’… They may very well… There’s dozens and dozens of photographs and even movies of what could be Sasquatches, but uh… if there is any way that humans could be responsible for them they don’t have any impact. He may well have things that are better than that and I am hoping he does.”
And so we wait and see.
8/25/11 update: See this post from Guy over at BIGFOOT LUNCH CLUB for a great follow-up post and an amusing video by a guy who reads us as well, RW Ridley.