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For those of you who understood that the title “professional suicide” was tongue-in-cheek and said simply to make the point that there would be those who would consider it such, that I am not “leaving the bigfoot community” but simply changing my focus, that I’ve stayed quietly in my little corner of the world for years and have only come forward now because I believe in this, that my intent was to present a powerful message in support of witnesses, that the frustration you heard simply echoes that of dozens of witnesses I’ve spoken with over the years – a frustration that I have shared – that I was not intending to attack the peers who have been my friends for years but rather present a challenge to those particular researchers who found something in there that hit home enough to irritate them, and that none of this is done lightly, or as a means of “creating hype” for a book that isn’t even finished yet (because what’s occurring at this very moment is relative to and part of the story) or for the purpose of marketing or profiteering, but was an attempt to put into context what I am about to share with you…

Thank you.

It hasn’t all been positive. But I didn’t expect it to… did you? That was the point I was trying to make: That when someone comes forward as a “witness”, there is a certain level of ridicule that occurs, even within our community. And that’s what I was doing. Speaking as a witness, instead of a researcher, for a change. If you’d like to read some of the  reactions that serve to illustrate the issue at hand better than I ever could have, you can do so here, here, here, and here. There will surely be more before this is all said and done, but it will all be more of the same, unfortunately.

Your voices, individually, have been heard by me, as well as the witness that I’m working with, and it did my heart good to hear how many of you support this decision. And now that you’ve made it more than clear that I am “not alone”, I feel that it’s important that you know that you are not alone either. Not by a long-shot. Of course, I’m well aware that this may, unfortunately, cause the attacks to step up. But I hope it’s understood that my intention is not to polarize the community, but to bring something that I feel is important to the attention of the community, create an open dialogue, perhaps create a slight change in perspective, thereby pointing all of us in a more positive direction.

It’s common to want to shoot the messenger. But the whole point of my coming forward about this is to come to terms with a conundrum that I’ve lived for 20 years – being both a long-term witness and a researcher  – and ask a simple question: Are those in the community aware of how many people there really are out there who feel this way?

This post will be very long. Read as much or as little as you like. But take comfort in knowing that the perceived majority may, in fact, be the actual minority.

Some of these responses are from Facebook. Others are individual emails in response to the blog post. Some are from witnesses, some are from those who simply have an interest in the subject, some are from researchers whom I know and love. All of them represent a large part of this community who have bitten their tongues until they bleed. And ALL are appreciated.

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Bravo my dear!  Bravo!

I watched your blogs and paid close attention.  I’m glad someone has finally has come forward and said it.  I wouldn’t call it “professional suicide” I’d call it turning on the light in a world of darkness, while we all stumble around aimlessly, tripping and falling over one another.   I wish people especially those in the field, the so-called “researchers” (I myself included) would pay close attention to what you are saying.  Without the witnesses, where would we be?  I’ve been spending my time over the past few years getting away from the field, the blogs, the forums, and even some people I’ve held so dear over the years.  I’m out with the witnesses listening to them, hearing them and trying to understand what they have experienced and what they have gone through.  I rarely take more than a camera out with me.  Sure I love to show photos of the areas where I go to research and now videos telling what the video experience but the equipment I take is for a different reason.  I want to document what the witnesses experienced, saw and if they permit, to record them sharing it.

Yes, you and I are much different and worlds apart, especially because I have never been a witness.  However,  what you talk about and the points you bring up is how I have really been feeling over the past few years.

Unfortunately for me, after my 13 years plus of this, I am now put in a role that has been very difficult for me to find an exit from.

I am still searching and hoping to one day.  I’m glad I know people such as yourself in my life that I can see are sharing similar thoughts and feelings.

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My motto is: be true to yourself. Not everyone will like it, but if you believe in it and it’s something that you feel you need to do, then go for it. I believe you are strong enough to deal with any type of fallout, feedback, ridicule, etc that it will bring. Be strong girl.

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Wonderful Autumn. Truly. Just remember that the negative responses you get are not necessarily personal. You are stepping on entrenched dogma and the lashback, if any, will be because of this. Anyone with their objectivity still in tact will see how right you are. There is no question. Stand strong my dear. You ARE doing the right thing. And we are all here to stand by your side.

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Wow! I think you’ve made a really good point regarding researchers and witnesses….something I’ve never heard or considered before.

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Outstanding. I couldn’t agree more. Anyone who cannot see that mainstream research isn’t the answer and isn’t solving the mystery are no longer seeing objectively. That is my opinion. Way to go!

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I’m curious as to what this person has shared with you that could be so profound to bring you to this conclusion on research. Yes, it makes complete sense. In order to be taken seriously by the scientific community, researchers have to make sure they don’t come across as “nut jobs”…

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I understand what your saying here , I really do. We have been going around and around re-inventing the wheel…. we go into the field acting completely like researchers and not as people. We close off part of our-self and get so focused on getting the money shot or collecting data , that we miss the chance at seeing something amazing.

I would get more of the points of why you are stepping away from being a typical researcher, and moving toward becoming more of a witness and an advocate for witness’s….. put things in terms that a researcher might be able to say “OK I can understand and except that” …. I’m as hardheaded as they come, and you explain things to me so easy that it’s simple to understand why. I know that things that your working on and toward maybe hard to explain…..but really sweety……you owe nothing to anyone but yourself, because you are the only person that has to look in that mirror each morning and feel OK about who you are and what your doing. You don’t owe ME , or any other person in this field a reason why, those reason’s are yours and yours alone. and for those who can’t respect that, then they are showing themselves for who they really are. I would do anything in my power to Help you, and support you……shame I’m so far away, kind of limits me…lol, But I will always stand up and defend you and anything you do and whatever course you choose to take.

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I understand professional suicide, boy do I understand professional suicide. I was a whistle blower when I was a cop. I won’t go into any details because you can watch any Serpico type movie of the week and get my story (except I never had to shoot it out with any other cops). The reason that I mention this is to let you know that my conscience is clear. I followed my heart and did the right thing. Yes, I have suffered some for it; but I struck to my values, and that means a lot.

Being a trained Law Enforcement Officer I understand investigative techniques; but they will only take you so far. You fit the role of a Bigfoot Profiler, more than an investigator. You try to get into there head and that sometimes does more than for solving a mystery than all the hair samples, plaster castes, and movie footage ever did. Remember when the F.B.I. Profilers first came on the scene they were not really excepted either. That was my goal when I went into Law Enforcement, to be a profiler. I think that is why I am a long term witness as well. I have a freind that I refer to as the “Great White Hunter”, he has hunted big game all around the world. He doesn’t believe in Bigfoot… because he has never seen one. Even though I am disabled because of an on the job injury, I still love the woods. I have more bigfoot encounters sitting around the campfire in a lawn chair, than most people would hiking all over creation…because I am open to the idea of bigfoot.

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Do what you must do! I can’t speak for all of us here, but whatever you decide I will stand behind your decision 110%…

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*I stand up and cheer* In my 30+ years of investigating the Sasquatch phenomena I’ve never watched a more powerful presentation about the truth of this matter. Absolutely fantastic. Thank you Autumn for sharing these videos. My hat is off to you. May these videos help to open the heart of bigfoot researchers and turn them into witness advocates, who no longer need proof for themselves or the world.

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Autumn, Go for it!! Its about time to shake things up!! Im behind you 100%…………..

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WTG !! With you on this!! Advocacy is the Key!! Hats-Off to you!!

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Well kiddo, welcome back to the reality of bigfoot study…Not research… I can’t wait to get the book to compare to the behaviors I have witnessed! Your credibility is safe to me… You and I both know how the bashing will reveal its self…Be strong… There are many of us that agree with you! I just want the knowledge to better understand these magnificent creatures! If you ever need to vent..I’ll listen!

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Finally, a voice of sanity in the midst of bigfoot study!

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Considering the Truth: It may not lead you to where you thought you were going, but it will always lead you somewhere better. When ignored, it will eventually show itself. The closeness of your relationship to truth is directly proportional to the degree to which you have revealed the truth about yourself. It can be painful, both to those who ignore it and to those who reveal it. :)

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I just watched your newest videos, and I have to say I am floored. Floored, because I never thought of things in the “Bigfoot Community” before the way you put them. I myself do not go out and research Bigfoot-I am mainly a witness first, an enthusiast second and a chronicler last. I think both of my sighting reports are on the forum somewhere. Anyway, I have to agree, as much as I like a lot of folks in this field of inquiry, they are wasting their time. That may sound cruel, but they are. If what you have found out is on the level (and I have no reason to believe it isn’t), then it is going to turn the whole mystery on its ear. Of course, there will still be those who will demand proof or not believe it and stick with their pre-conceived ideas and notions, and some will continue to be hard-nosed cynical skeptical believers who demand we get “proof,” but I say that myself, I do not NEED proof; I KNOW they are out there. There are even witnesses in this field who need “proof” to “validate” what they saw, but I say why should they validate what they themselves KNOW they saw, other than to “prove” to their buddies? I think you have it right, Autumn, and I truly have been blind this whole time as to what you said. But what you said made SO much sense, that I am through trying to “convince” anybody of what I saw-I know damn and good well what I saw, and I don’t NEED proof of validation. I also don’t need to “impress” anyone-I just need to have fun and have a good time and not be burdened with baggage and bullshit. I can still have Bigfooting buddies and all that, and I can still attend conferences and symposiums and things like that, but mainly only to hang out with my buddies and not necessarily for the presentations by people who know NOTHING about Sasquatch, only theory and speculation. You’ve inspired a whole new direction for me, Autumn-no more worrying about proof or validation or any of that bullshit for me-I saw 2 Sasquatches, and that is all there is to it. Can I prove it? No, but can anyone DISPROVE what I saw? HELL no!!! They CANNOT and WILL NOT take that away from me. I will fight tooth and nail for my right to say that I saw Sasquatch, and damn the consequences. i just wish more so-called “Bigfooters” had the same attitude that I now have and that you seem to have had for a while. I am very proud of you and your research, now more than ever. I love you very much, my Oregon sister. Take care.

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Sis, I applaud you for your own process in being true to yourself and doing your best in sharing with the world where the evidence has lead you. It is no easy task, but always remember that leading the way attracts persons, places and things that give you what you need, even when your world is unraveling…..There is more support underneath you than you are aware of……You are one of the keystones in the foundation of our species’ understanding of who we are and our place in this world. You may be one, who like Jake Sully in the movie Avatar, who connects with the Hominoids to help heal an almost certain outcome if mutual species cooperation fails. I carry this burden already, willingly, and maybe there are even deeper questions and answers on the brink of revealing themselves as a result of your willingness to follow your heart….

Your fellow Eyewitness Advocate.

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I have followed your exploits since almost day one, I have always admired you since you were a wee pup sitting in the bush all frightened, waiting for something to happen. Time has done much to take you and make you truly special and wise at last.

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I enjoyed listening to your video blog and I agree with you 100%.What you said may stir things up but maybe thats what needs to happen. I like what you said about people seeing YouTube videos and websites and deciding to become a “researcher”. It got me wondering about these people and how many of them honestly wanted to learn and find out what Bigfoot is and how many of them just wanted to get the prestige for being “The One” that solved the mystery for lack of a better term. I also agree with what you said about them needing protection. I personally think they’ve done a really good job of protecting themselves all of these years.

There was a line I believe from one of the documentaries I’ve seen and its always stuck with me, “You don’t find Bigfoot, Bigfoot finds you” which always made me wonder like you said, why people want to go out tramping around and banging trees in the woods.

You did a good job with this video blog and I just hope it opens a lot of people’s eyes about the way they go about their “research”.

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Go with your heart. Some people may not like it but you’re 100% right.

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I loved this post . It takes a lot of courage to stop, examine what you’re doing, and then decide to completely change direction. But as is often the case, you find yourself back where you started… and more knowledgeable for the journey. I am neither a Bigfoot researcher nor witness, but someone who loves Nature and animals. I agree with you 100% on your views of Bigfoot researching methods and why researchers are [rarely] witnesses. It’s deceptively simple, but many truths are. You are a woman to be admired and certainly respected. “Professional Suicide” it may be, but from a profession that you are better than in my opinion. One you have outgrown. Coincidentally, I made my status here last night mention “letting go” and that it’s what “caterpillars do after all”. A tough thing to do, but you always knew that you were actually a butterfly…

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Good job. I for one salute you. I don’t think that the video was professional suicide- not at all. It showed to me that you are just that more professional. I respect you alot more now… We all love you for YOU not because of what you’ve done as a ‘witness advocate’. If the whole Bigfoot community goes crazy over this- who bloody well cares. Look behind you- we’ll still be there (not researching but maybe just taking a nice QUIET stroll through the woods- something that is long since overdue).

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Loved the blog. You did a wonderful job and spoke your heart whether it be popular or not. I happen to agree with you and the views that you expressed. I fully support you in this. ~hugs back~

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Though I have a deep interest in the subject, I have always felt that if Bigfoot were to ever be “officially” proven to the “scientific” community, zoos would not be far behind. I applaud your position.

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Lack of monkeys and whole grain noodles aside I enjoyed your blog. There were some parts I disagreed with and the parts I did agree with are the ones difficult to express on an iPhone.

As a Bigfoot investigator turned witness I can relate to a lot of what you said. Like I said I didn’t agree with it all, but I always respect a person when they stand up for what they believe. Good luck with being still.

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Kudos. I walked away too I know what they are as well and I completed my vision quest so to speak found my answers and don’t care if anyone else likes it or not. Everyone else has their own questions that they need to answer for themselves. I found my answers and like you I am satiated and feel like I just got done eating a huge thanksgiving dinner and I am ready to just enjoy the rest of the afternoon watching the big game. I have zero desire to do a single second more of research and if I go camping around Bluff Creek or at Louse camp its because I enjoy being there and I won’t have a single scientific tool with me just the things that make for a fun camping trip. Looking forward to the book coming out and wondering if your answer is the same as mine. These aren’t some dumb ape – if that were the case they would have proved it by now. They are a tribe of Indians or whats left of that tribe and your right to provide physical proof would mean the end of them and I won’t have any part of that. So I hung up my 10 cent title too and am focused on making sure we don’t lose our freedom here in this country. So you take care and raise that daughter up to be like you. It’s been an amazing journey for me.

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In all my “Bigfoot Research” over the years, the knowledge I acquired came from “witnesses” accounts. I think “Researchers” are mainly out for, and bent on getting “proof”. Since I found those tracks at Bagby Hot Springs in Oct/09 I stopped being a “hunter” and became someone who just wants to observe, learn, be a part of. I want them to go about their lives in peace, really. They don’t need me to save them from anything. Thanks, Autumn, for what you have done, what you are doing, and for what you will be doing.

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I agree 100%. I tell people about what I experience with the group that I visit. They say “Where’s your evidence?” My answer is screw the evidence. I’ll take the relationship and experiences with the Forest Folks any day over the stupidity of trying to take a pic and compromise their trust in approaching me. I’ll take their responses to my calls and coming to me as a friend over some ridiculous sense of macho glory. Autumn, go out enjoy the experiences. Everything else will solve itself.

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We will wait for the Shit to Hit the Fan, with Shovels in Hand, and Help you if you need it…but I have a funny feeling that ain’t whats gonna happen!! You have set the Bar in a new endeavur perhaps and its the rest of them that will need to get up to that level.. much less understanding Sasquatch!

I think perhaps, A CHANGE IN THINKING & AN AWARENESS (Spiritually or Subconciously) is about to take place….and it involves perhaps an interaction with a ‘creature’ more intelligent than us…if it ALLOWS it! I mean, if it can elude us for Centuries…Intelligent…RIGHT?”

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Autumn, It your passion and sincerity that draws people to you. I read your blog and watched the videos. You put into words pretty much how I feel about the furry ones. I think I saw something a time or two. I’m not sure but I believe because of the stories of witnesses. As much as I’d like to truly see one up close,  I don’t never want one found my a researcher to be harmed in the name of science. So you go for it! Some will disagree with you but many will celebrate your decision.

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I just watched your video blog, and I thought I should write you… I’m sure you’re going to get feedback from the other side of the fence (cause that’s what they do), and I wanted to make sure you understood that there are many of us behind you on this. I think what you just did took courage, but also integrity… and what the hell kind of field are we involved in if ‘integrity’ is seen as a negative? I for one absolutely believe whatever you have must be amazing, because for you to throw away (understand: ‘throw away’ heavily quotation-marked there…) what you’ve worked for 20 years to accomplish, based on the story of one person… that person must have provided you with something extraordinary. You’re no fool – whatever you’ve learned, must have resonated. And, since you’re a smart woman – I trust your intelligence enough to know that whatever you’ve got to say, I should probably listen…especially if *I* want to understand. Having never had an encounter like yours (I’ve ‘seen things’, I’ve ‘heard things’, I’ve had ‘experiences’, and I’ve got all kiiiinds of ‘I can’t explain that otherwise’ stuff), I can not really call myself ‘a witness’… but nor do I consider myself ‘a researcher’. Like you, I just want to know… if me knowing means these beings are in trouble, I don’t need to know. You’ve provided so much to me on this journey to ‘understand’ so far… so many things, Autumn – understand that. And whatever else you might offer, I will look at in the context of what you’ve already given me… Personally, 100 ‘bigfoot researchers’ are not worth 1 of you. Be confident that you’re doing the right thing….and hopefully you are blessed in this endeavor. I’ll be thinking about you as you complete your journey on this.

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I have to say that is the BEST information I have viewed to date! You hit so many things on the head in your video blog. I personally don’t call this professional suicide, its only that to the mainstream researchers. I call what you are doing a new step into a better understanding. You are taking the step that other so-called researchers have not taken. This is something that has needed to be said for years. You are so right, researchers do not have sightings, witnesses do. You are more likely to have a sighting by simply being in the woods camping, cooking around a campfire and just having a good time. That’s when the sightings occur! Now, I just have to figure out what direction to go in next. I too have been looking for that witness similar to what you have found. I’m pretty sure I know of one down in [edited], but I think what you said about “researchers” is what makes people in this unique situation very cautious of us.

You have given me alot of stuff to think about. Your words have deeply affected my thinking in this whole mystery and how I want to proceed. Thank you and please keep in touch with me.

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I applaud your decision. It was a strict vision quest for me, looking for answers for myself and I gave up trying to convince others a long time ago. I know like you do now what they really are and now can enjoy camping for camping again.

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Congratulations and Thank You! You have opened an extremely important door for the awaking of humanity! The implications are profound.

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I applaud you for coming forward and stating the obvious. I know that you feel you have committed professional suicide. I believe you have thrown away the researcher armor that shielded you from hearing truth and knowing it. It has been a mind thing, this field of study but more its of the heart. We are not the kind of people to be passionate for so long on an issue if it had not come from deep within us. I commend you on your honesty and bravery. Please don’t have any regrets ever. I was a witness first and I called myself a researcher. My history is much like yours. Five years ago, I came to the impasse that every researcher with a soul comes to. Why are we really doing this? They don’t need us, they never did. All they have ever wanted is to be a friend. Can they trust a bigfoot researcher? Hell no! A bigfoot researcher is only out to exploit them, as you say, and nothing more. Blah Blah Blah. All old hat… We are there to support you completely. Thank you, for your courage. You are doing the right thing. Never doubt it! I mean it!

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Just to let you know, as a State Director in the MABRC, I presented your thoughts to the administration there! The response was overwhelming to support you in this!

You are respected and love by many of us… so just to let you know….We got your back!

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Do what’s in your heart and no one will have the right to criticize you for it. I’ve learned a lot from watching and listening to your talks on the internet and on your video and I’ve taken to heart what you say about a more passive approach when in the bush looking for them. What I would like to come out of my trips into the wilderness is just, simply to become a witness. All I really want is to see one for myself. I’ve heard them, possibly smelled them and seen their tracks but no sighting yet. And hearing the relief in the voices of other witnesses when they can tell their story to someone that will listen to them and take them seriously is, for me anyway, a far greater experience than the thought of “Proving” their existence. Being able to identify with their experiences by seeing one myself would make it even better. Stick to your guns and you’ll find that there are far more people that will support you than you might have expected. Anyone that may criticize you for your decision and what you’ve said is, well, an ass hat :) and they’re not worth the trouble it would take to worry about them.

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You know what?… Let the shit hit the fan. Let them bitch and moan… and then you can simply ask them what results 40+ years of doing things their way has yielded? The silent response will be deafening. I haven’t seen any of them walking out of the woods with a Sasquatch yet…

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You’re doing the right thing – everything you say makes great sense to me. It takes a lot of guts to do what you did and my hat is off to you Lady!!!!!! If there is anything I can do for you to help please let me know.

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Following your heart will be something you can always live with. I am in agreement with you…

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Thank you, Autumn. These creatures don’t need the protection of the Government. They are living just fine the way things are. To get the Government involved with controlling them would just be opening a bad can of worms. The way things are for them now they are free to live on and roam any land and property they want to.

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I just studied your latest blog, and can only say that I fully agree with your assessment of bigfoot research and researchers. The stupidity is awesome, and repeating each step of what has not worked is standard. Each new researcher repeats what has been done before and believes he will come up with the answers. ( the definition of insanity) I’ve tried to tell them they are wasting time, but they all think they are smarter than I am. I firmly believe you are the wisest of all the researchers and I only wish I was with you to share this adventure.

Again, I think you are the wisest of the wise and congratulate you on your accomplishments and this recent decision. Please put me on the short list for receiving the first copy. I’ll gladly pay now in advance. I have the feeling that reading it will certainly change my life in regards to Sasquatch. If there is anything I can do to help or just anything, please let me know !

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Go for it Autumn, I’m behind you all the way.

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Autumn… Welcome to the world of advocacy and Omsbudsmanship….for the recognition and respectful observation and tolerance of the “North American Ancient Aboriginal Peoples”…. We love you dear…

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Good for you! I was wondering how long it would take for someone to realize that the reason we “kooks” see the big guy is ’cause we aren’t looking! They are like cougar,bear,and bobcat to us who grew up out in the woods.Just a part of nature. I don’t need “proof” from you or anyone, I know they are there thru my own experiences.  Like you said,”witnesses” aren’t worried about proof, they just want info, am I safe? Does it eat people, how do i live with them? Etc… I’ve always wondered why researchers did what they did, now that I know, it’s kinda silly, proving a thing they’ve never seen…  Thanks for having a logical view on our unique witness situation, oh, and welcome back to sanity! LOL I’ll do like I always do, and go play in the woods I love, ith all the diverse, beautiful, flora, fauna,and Squatches….. Ya know, how it’s supposed to be!

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Hey Autumn, Just saw your video. Have faith that there are more people that have found your paradigm. I was a witness first a long, long, time ago. The internet revitalized my interest about ten years ago. In 2006 I began my own journey into the field. I became and investigator and interviewed witnesses. Unlike most of my fellow researchers I interview few people. The few I do interview I usually develop some sort of relationship with them. I get to know the folks that had the encounter.

Like you I have found that there is more to the story. I look for the interaction between sasquatch and witness.

Sasquatch are not things but a living entity, they are social, they are the masters of intent, they live among us yet undetected. I seem to gravitate to the multiple encounter witness. I want to know as much about the witness as I do about the encounters.

As you have noticed and explained to the collective “research driven” investigative group, you have made a decision. Time to decide which path to take. Become a recorder of statistics and hope your methodology leads to some sort of repeating behavior to have a chance encounter. Or, you can seek to form a relationship.

Which path in the end will lead to a true understanding of the whole sasqutach paradigm? I believe you know the answer and felt a need to explain your dilemma. The answer, for others, will depend on how much do they want to know. Statistics will take you the path of Researcher. Developing a Relationship will take you the path to understanding.

I too have spent hours wondering, as researchers, what are we doing? I have long ago concluded that the day of Discovery, or acknowledgment by Humanity that we share this world with sasquatch will not be fulfilling. That day will leave a whole in me that cannot be filled. As a collective group of researchers we have no understanding what will happen after the day of discovery. I can only think in terms of dark consequences. We have not thought this thing through. We may end up needing a permit to venture into the country side. We will only be able to watch as science tries to wrap it’s empirical formulas and methodology around an enigma. I will not feel a need to assist.

A message needs to be said and understood. Sasquatch is no more an animal than we are.They are social beings, living life. When you make a connection at that level then your paradigm shifts. I believe you have reached that spot. I believe you have made a connection, that is more, than clinical research can provide. I believe I understand this concept and in so choosing, I follow a different path than those that Research.

I will be waiting with anticipation. I know several of my witnesses will be anxious to hear about your book. There are more of us out here with similar conclusions so don’t be concerned about the path you have chosen, it comes from the heart.

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You are doing the right thing.

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Hello Autumn!

You will receive 1000’s of e-mails after the video blog. This is one small, still voice. I’m just on the sidelines, reading sightings and imagining the personal reactions of /_witnesses._ /The idea of “researchers” with their equipment and egos thinking they will sneak upon and “catch” or video some intelligent, nocturnal “creature” who can see/hear them coming from a distance away has always been laughable…

I think Sasquatch has a right to live and be left alone. One point here is that I think “they” might be “people” of some kind-certainly not “dumb animals.” I have seen your name and a few of your comments here and there on the websites and purchased your video to see what you had to say. The _sincerity_ of your commitment came thru on the DVD, so I spent the time to listen to this blog. I am not deeplyinto reading any blogs or listening to radio shows, etc.

This post is a reaction to your personal search after your sighting and my only comment in this whole arena about Sasquatch. Returning to reading sightings and ignoring “researching,” I am most interested in reading your book. I want to encourage you in your journey away from “commercialized” and grandiose ideas of tracking Sasquatch down.

Thank you for your labor to inform people of who and what Sasquatch really is.

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Because I am unable (due to slow dialup connection) to view YouTube videos, I had a friend in Minnesota play them and I listened.

I want to thank you for the hours you spent with me on the telephone. I did not know how many different directions you were being pulled, otherwise I wouldn’t have kept hanging on to your ear for such a long time. Yes, I want an answer to all my nagging questions, but NOT at the expense of your mental or physical health. Knowing I have these hairy folk around my house is much like exploring the “Last Frontier”. Once I have the answers to my questions about these hairy folk I will have no more mysteries to solve… :-) Actually, that’s not true. There are many, many mysteries to be solved — it’s just they won’t necessarily be in my own backyard.

You may catch a lot of flack from folks who just do not understand the pressures you are experiencing. You are such an intelligent, poised, sensitive and physically beautiful lady.  You astound me! :-) How you manage to appear cool and fresh under the most adverse of conditions is amazing.

A friend of a friend stated that you were at Caddo Lake filming. He said you were kind, compassionate, humble and the most endearing individual there. I hope I am not misquoting, “She was unlike any of the other researchers I had met. No arrogance!” That made me smile.

Autumn, be good to yourself for a change. Take whatever time you need to recharge your batteries and refresh your spirit. Your first responsibility is to take care of YOURSELF, then your child, then your family members. You truly owe the rest of us NOTHING.

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All I know is that I believe. I know what I saw and I know what I heard. They do exist. Nothing else matters. I hope what you’ve stumbled across will change everything. We need you out there. Searching…

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Go for it.

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I just finished watching your video blog you posted last night. That is a very powerful message you sent out. I think the things you discussed on those videos and your stance against the “bigfoot community” crazies is probably the main reason why I have thought of you as my friend.

You were the first, and really the only person I have looked up to in this field. I can now add I still feel that way and my belief has only grown. It takes a lot of guts to make the stances you have and I appreciate what you do.

My only wish after seeing your blog was that I could have the same knowledge you do. To be able to know and have seen enough to say I’m done. I hope I can be at that point some day. Really my only intention in this field is to see one of these creatures. But the odds are against me.

Whatever you decide to do from here after, I hope you continue to stay in touch and be my friend. And if you see me doing something stupid or heading down the wrong path, knock me up side the head and set me straight.

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You made me cry.

You did that before with your music, but your video blog just did it again.

I use the name [edited] on the bigfoot forums, although I haven’t posted much. The few times I have in the past, I have been shot down and flamed and “put back in my place” by the “experts”…

I know I can’t have any information about the encounters that you are writing about, but I want to buy your book the SECOND it comes out. I feel like, as you said – it will give me the answers I have been searching for all of my life about these people. Not the witness or research people, the Sasquatch people. I need to have those answers in my life, so I can sort of move on from this “obsession” of mine.

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Bravo, Autumn. Bravo.

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Wow, yippee, yahoo, brilliant, YES! You’re walkin’ the right path now. If I were a witness who would I call?… Autumn Williams. You got a bag big enough for all them balls?

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I know we have said this once….we will say it thousand times more……we support you 100% Give it all you got! It may not be what everyone wants to hear or see, but you know we can’t please everyone in this world.

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Thanks for opening and sharing. the conference will be better, we that “get” Sasquatch, these elegant, sentient beings are delighted. You’ve put in your time in the research realm, it didn’t work, now we can do what they want us to do and need us to do. See you in Eugene.

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I applaud you. Just be yourself out in the woods. Enjoy them for what they are.

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Autumn, you can only be happy when you are happy! Follow your heart and your brain will follow.

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People will forget what you said.. People will forget what you did.. But, people will NEVER forget how you made them feel.

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I just watched the video blog you posted today, and I agree with you. I’ve never been a witness, and have never seen anything that should make me even believe in them. But I do, I absolutely do believe in them having never witnessed one or even seen evidence for myself.

I know what you mean about researching. Every person who submits a report, submits similar info (hair color, height, weight, etc.), and it really doesn’t get us anywhere, other than just re-affirming that they do exist.

I would like your help in becoming a witness rather than a researcher; I know there’s no point in “proving” they exist, because most people have their minds made up already.

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All I can say is AMEN! I post video and try to explain what happens to me, but if you dare make any claim or say this happen to me with out close up HD “proof” your scoffed at and called a moron! How can you prove a “feeling”, how can you prove something walking close to you? How can you prove half a face staring at you from behind a tree 50 yards away? How can you prove anything to satisfy other people! Thank You for this – its like you read my mind!

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What a way to start my Saturday. Good to hear you have found the answers you were looking for. I have mixed feelings…  On the one hand I am sadden to learn you will no longer be a “researcher”. I understand why you made this decision. We all know Sasquatch witnesses need an advocate in their corner and who better than you to do so?

…I admire and respect you

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Keep fighting the good fight. =)

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Such insight must have been at once liberating and scary. And I rather doubt you scare easily. Several points you’ve spoken of have bothered me for quite some time. So much of the behavior attributed to these people (I find it hard to consider Sasqutch as simply a ‘creature’) strikes me as more human than many humans I know. I’ve seen things that I cannot ‘explain’, things that have caused me to reexamine my place in this world and have caused me considerable pain. I can’t unsee what I’ve seen, and I have all the proof I need. I think I’ve got a fairly good idea as to your position on this. When the book comes out I’ll know more, but I believe you’ve made an historic decision, and my total support goes with you. Those of us who can relate to what you’ve said should be proud of you. I know I am. God bless ya, love.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts. From what I’ve seen of about 95% of the bigfooters I know of, I can tell you that you “hit the nail on the head”. I’m not a witness or a “bigfooter” but I do have strong reasons to believe that these creatures are real.

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You must not, under any circumstances, violate the trust that this witness you speak of has placed in you. I’d rather see it remain a “mystery” forever.

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“In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself astray in a dark wood where the straight road had been lost site of.”

I think Dante felt the same way as you do now. I hope your new path leads you to light in a dark wood.

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Those of us who have been through a encounter understand what you were talking about in your video blog. You have not committed “professional suicide”. Since when was there anything professional about the field of Bigfoot investigations? I am also a witness pretending to be a “researcher”. We need to start a support group. LOL.

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Autumn – the blog was spot on and a beacon of hope for all of us witnesses.

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I have been a blog follower for quite some time… Thank you so much for your honesty and strength of conviction. I support you all the way!

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It could not have been any different. You are an amazing person and your honesty is a beacon.

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Autumn, I cannot remember when I’ve watched something like your video blog with more nodding of my head… YES, the proof of our friends would mean their demise… YES, witnesses are not researchers… and YES… we all have our own reasons for not coming forth with our story. For many years the fact that I knew the truth was enough and I knew I didn’t need the gaffe and heartache that I would be subjected to, so I said nothing. Then, it dawned on me… I DO know.. and I really don’t care what anyone else knows… or thinks… is there a way I can forward to you my 3 encounters?

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Well Autumn, phew!…..you definitely took me on an emotional journey with that one. My thought and feelings exactly. I think I’ll take the rest of my Saturday to reflect on this…….

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I’ve viewed only video 1 & half of Video 2 and I had to stop and email and, tell you that not only do I applaud your decision, I am behind you 100% ! I have been thinking this way for the last year. I know I’m/your not as alone as you think. Unfortunately, I am NOT a witness. I will contact you again after I watch the “Video blog” in it’s entirety. Thank you so much for doing this and again I applaud you. Bravo!

PS. see you in Eugene !–

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Professional suicide, can I be blunt here?

I disagree, it wouldn’t be professional if went against your heart and logic from what you have learned to do what you felt was wrong. That, if you ask, me is not professional…  so as far as I’m concerned, you’re more of a professional now then you were before!

You got some guts. *thumbs up* Welcome to the next level!

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Congratulations!

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Any noise you may hear from this comes from the Noisy Ones. Science has proved they were potty trained too early and suffer from a form of High School Jock Syndrome, not to be confused with the discomforting Jock Itch Syndrome more commonly addressed. Big Man on Campus transfers easily into Bigfoot research and requires a rather large truck, often a barrel chest, and a tendency towards brageosity ( I made that spelling up ) ™ :) a blog and some minions who wish they had a barrel chest, a truck and a clue. More study needs to be done on these Noisy Ones because while there are many common elements to them there are also variations. Science is really art, for only art can take in and hold the variations.

When the language of science is embraced what can be said is limited. When the language of the poet is embraced the world of experience becomes larger. You are on the verge, I would think, of a new language here. And a graduation into a world of wonder and freedom to hold the contradictions of the heart. The heart is wise. Very wise and not to be feared, maybe like the forest.

Bigfoot Researchers holds a lie within the premise of their hypothesize. It is almost like this: “We have to agree with you before Bigfoot is ever understood. You have to get past us before you can get to the truth. Or, you need our blessing” Actually: No you don’t. As you say, 40 years of running around in the forest with nothing but dirty laundry and the desire for new equipment does not equal any success I would wish to duplicate.

You will find much support coming to you. New friends, New stories and I hope to God having been a single mom, great wealth. ( who knows! ) Don’t knock a wish. :)

If Bigfoot ‘research’ were a cult there would be discomfort leaving it behind. It is always painful to leave a belief system behind for we tend to ‘tribe up’ according to our beliefs. ( I have a client who identified as a vegetarian and now must eat meat for her health and surprisingly to me there is a cult of vegetarianism.. and so she is suffering as she changes her belief system and friends are leaving her… tribe stuff )

Wishing you clear Peace of Mind and clear Path to follow.

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Yes! Autumn, YES!

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Thanks!

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I really appreciate you honesty and integrity.

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I have problems with ‘science’ as it stands in the here and now and all that goes with that (in relation to your posts I’m specifically talking about research and evidence). Although the subject matter is completely different I became very disillusioned with my job role. Since the mid 1990’s I worked in various capacities working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and I got more and more frustrated as I was always having to ‘evidence’ and ‘research’ …. but for no clear reason of ultimate purpose …. and people were working in the same old ways that had always done with no outcomes. In the last couple of years I realized I couldn’t really do any good any more (to my mind) as I wasn’t working for the people I wanted to be working for – the young people – but fulfilling some other obscure and not relevant agenda. Ok so this is a very left field association from where you are with woodfolks, I just want to try and say I sort of relate to where you’re at. For the record I do still work with this client group, but in my own way – unpaid, but my decision and my integrity is intact and i genuinely feel what i do now is better for those teens I’m working with.

In a few months I may be delivering a seminar to a women’s group about the phenomena of the woodfolks and if OK would like to show a bit of the DVD I bought a year or so ago from you …. the part with you speaking at the conference.

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These are beautiful and eloquent, heartfelt expressions. It so clearly needed to be said! I say that rather than committing professional suicide, you have just made yourself the most interesting (and i hope effective) bigfooter on the planet. And I’d bet anything that you are right–that it is more important to be sensitive to the reality of Sasquatch than to “hunt” them. The latter is just one more macho imposition of human arrogance upon the natural world; but what you are proposing includes awareness, openness to new experience and the “unknown,” a participation in the world rather than against it.

Thanks so much for this statement, and having the guts to make it.

Have courage, take heart–it does indeed mean a lot.

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You are an amazing woman. You deserve all the peace and happiness your little smiling face can handle.

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I had dreams of them and have had a spiritual encounter or vision of one of them. I have seen and felt their presence in the wilderness and feel a kinship or commonality with them. Is there an eventual physical contact in store for our blood lines or is this just our yearning to be 16 years old again? Perhaps your turning away from “research” is more of a desire to get back to the basics of being a living creature. Maybe it is enough to simply exist? Or in this case, to exist together calmly.

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BRAVO !!! I couldn’t agree more. I know it took and is taking great courage to take this HUGE step. I am also confident you feel wonderful having done so. Whatever “Fallout” comes from this , so be it. And as much as I feel I will miss you, I know that I will enjoy the Autumn you are, free of the burden of self censorship. Am I wrong in understanding that you will still be attending the Eugene, OSS in June? You are the Best, of the best on the road to great things. Maybe if you think your up to the task , you can be “Bigfoot’s” Jane Goodall. lol The Jobs open :)

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Just listened to the videos and I agree 100%. This is why I avoid most “researchers.” Looking forward to reading this when it’s ready.

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By George I think she’s got it! LOL ;-)

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Good Luck Autumn! ;-)

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Ironic… The first person in this “Field” with a pair of “Balls” doesn’t actually have any.

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Way to go Autumn, I think you have made the right choice.

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Wow is all I can say. You seem to have truly found peace inside yourself in regards to Bigfoot. I believe that your decision to stop being a researcher and going back to the reason that you are interested in the first place is a wise one and should be a liberating one at that. The information that you now have that you will be sharing in your upcoming book has obviously put everything in place for you. My only wish for you is that one day you will have a chance to experience the wonder of seeing these magnificent creatures again. My own heart tells me that as much as I want people to know that they are real, they are much safer from us if the vast majority believes it is a made up hoax by a bunch of kooks. The few of us that believe would not be able to protect these creatures in the event they were proven by science to be real.These beings are obviously very intelligent and certainly smart enough to elude the masses which would probably be their downfall. I have never seen one , but have had an avid interest since I was 11. Now 35 years later I maintain my interest due to the passion of eyewitnesses like you. I don’t need to see a Bigfoot to know that they are out there. Thank you for giving credibility to this subject and my best wishes for you and your family in the future.

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Just watched the videos. You did good.

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In many ways I can relate to your farewell to “researching” sasquatch. Perhaps once I read your book I’ll gain full understanding. As a witness and having experienced habituation (details of which I’ve sent you in the past) I’ve had quite a difficult time relating the experiences to my fellow “researchers”. That title doesn’t sit well or fit me either. My hope or goal is to understand these creatures to some degree. Not to prove to science, or anyone else, what I already know. But with no evidence to back it up it’s a mere story for researchers. My entire family has had some type of encounter. As well as our close friends. So no, it’s not a story, it’s become a defining point in my life. A reality shift, an eye opening experience, a perception shift in my entire way of thinking or viewing the world.

How does one explain that to one who has not had the experience? We can’t…

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Steel yourself girl …for the crap that you already know will be coming with the release of this book. ;)

Very well said, all of it (re. the video blog). Bigfoot “research” as it stands is dead, and the only way anybody’s ever going to learn anything is by getting into a situation such as you’re involved in, or as we are involved in. I honestly believe there MUST be several other long-term situations out there that are being studied but kept quiet…. I don’t know how there could not be.

These people going into random wilderness areas, chosen because there was a “credible” sighting there in 1984, blasting calls and banging on trees, sneaking around after dark thinking they’re undetected…. PLEASE. It’s never going to happen for them, at least not anything conclusive. Even conclusive to them personally. And the reports…. *sigh*. Back when we started [edited], we did so with the intent of investigating reports thoroughly, separating the wheat from the chaff, AND so there would be a legitimate place for witnesses to talk to people who would understand and not ridicule them.

The problem is, as you stated, that nobody can truly UNDERSTAND things from the witness’ point of view until they’ve become a witness themselves. One you know, and I mean KNOW 100% conclusively that these things really do exist, and you’ve experienced them on a fairly regular basis, it becomes more and more difficult to make that separation between legit vs. non-legit, because all of a sudden, something you might have blown off before now seems really plausible; you can totally imagine that ‘something’ happening.

And as far as the reports themselves go… well, they’re fun to read and that’s about it. Having a database of reports truly does not accomplish crap in the end. [Our group] is now dead in the water (I’ve even resigned completely myself), for several reasons, not the least of which is that most of us finally came to the conclusion of “What’s the point?”

I wish you the best of luck writing up this guy’s story, and I look forward to reading it and comparing notes with our situation here. Just please, like I said a few weeks ago, use EXTREME caution in protecting this guy’s identity… one trusted friend tells another trusted friend, who tells another, and before you know it the shit’ll hit the fan so fast you won’t know what hit you, and your witness won’t either. Aside from that, good luck

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Autumn, thank you, I think more people hold the same passion you do more then you realize, you keep up the good work. I don’t need pictures or video to prove to me that this animal is real. The proof is in the people that have seen and interact with them. You have been given something that alot of us only wish we could ever have. That is the blessing of having seen these wonderful creatures.

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You are not alone!

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It was spectacular.

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Just finished reading your blog and watching your video. I loved everything about it and i’m very proud of you!!! :) I almost cried; well, I kinda did a wee bit because I’m what you call a man-girl. ;) lol… *sigh* That was heavy… and you said what so many others (witnesses, and even those internet researchers [like me]) have wanted to say for some time…

Maybe because I’m a sensitive artist… maybe that gives me a different perspective on things or a willingness to change the way I see things with more ease; nowhere near understanding what a witness feels, but a lot closer to understanding or like I said a willingness to understand what the real issue is and how to deal with it in a better way.

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I commend you for your honesty, courage, and showing your “heart”. I feel you have done exactly the right thing. Keep following your heart. Great job.

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I just want to let you know that I really liked with what you said. I’ve only been into these creatures since about November of 2007. I’ve read every book I could find, look at everything online I can find and have watched all the TV programs to learn about them. I go out in the field and have found prints that where good enough to cast, I’ve had stuff thrown at me, I’ve been whooped at and I had a tree knock done from 50 feet behind my back after leaving food out and walking away from it ( maybe it was kind of a thank you).

When I first got into this I was all for so called researchers getting enough evidence for these creatures so science would declare them a new species and then they would get government protection. The more I learned about them the less I wanted that to happen. At this point I don’t want them discovered. They are doing fine being unknown and considered nonexistent.

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I just saw your video and I applaud you…

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I am so proud of you! I went to the library to watch the youtube, because you know that I only have dial -up. I saw and heard how difficult it was for you to say what you did…but it probably needed to be said. Even though, we were witnesses, and not for a long time, the experiences changed our lives. As you know, we continued to learn since we left the home of those experiences. Since that time, we have changed our minds about so many things we did…but we did not know any better. We put a lot of trust into the researchers, because they were, after all, from….the WORLD’S most scientific organization and we were such greenhorns. But we began to realize toward the end of the 6 months, that something was not right. We felt like these creatures had wanted and tried in different ways to express to us, some kind of relationship. We didn’t know how to do that. We actually felt that the cameras and the almost constant trekking of researchers on the property sadden and offended them.

Please don’t be intimidated or afraid of being rejected or mocked.. I honestly believe there are more believers in what you are doing out there then you know. Please include us at the top of your list.

WE love you. Keep up the good work.

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I’m sure this is email 500 of at least that many more…and if you don’t get around to reading this, no worries.  I am 100% with you. I said once before, that if a Bigfoot sat down on my porch and told me the the history of his people and then keeled over from a heart attack, that I don’t think I would tell anyone. So good luck and Keep On Keepin’ On…

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I just read and heard your blog. Know what? I couldn’t agree with ya more. I have always said the researchers keep on doing the same damn thing for decades now. I mean, How many times do they have to step in front of the proverbial bus before they get the message? I want to tell you there are more NAYSAYERS in the Bigfoot community than their are outside of it. I commend you on the what you have been doing. I have never had an encounter like you. I want to be a witness because of my interest in them but would never ever ever want them harmed or exploited in any kind of way shape or form. Bigfoot finds you-  you do not find him. People need to go in an area make a camp and enjoy themselves and if the big guy is in the area he will come in close to see what we are doing since they are very curious creatures……

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Autumn, U Rock!!!! Even though I am not a witness, hopefully, yet, I LOVE the way you handled it. I can’t wait to read the story!! Don’t listen to the nay sayers…….

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I am not sure why your blog is titled “Professional suicide”, however I just read the book “Valley of the Skookum” and could not put it down until I read the whole book which is very rare for me. Thank you very much. Now who I am is, just lets say, a new comer and I just want you to know is one – your not alone and two- when the time is right you will know what to do. I have had one experience with a Sasquatch which has eluded me for several years until I read your [Mom’s] book as well as come across a person down in Tenn (over the web) with a similar experience. There are many things in the human world which are not meant to be understood.  I know we “humans” are not alone in this world and hope we can coexist in the future by putting our differences aside.

I too sometimes laugh when I come across an article of some expert charging $400.00 or more to witness knocking, whistling or strange sounds in the night. Thank you for the time to read this from me and if it just makes it to your recycle bin well that’s fine also.

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Bravo! You nailed it! Let the thrill seekers have their day in the woods with their blasting and all other form of irritations used in hopes of flushing the animal out of hiding. I also came to a similar conclusion that they do not require our proof or approval to exist. They tolerate us as outsiders in their world so long as we pose no threat to them or their families. ( Heaven help anyone who crosses that line for the sake of self gratification or recognition! ) The true reason behind most researcher’s efforts is to be the one who’s name is associated with the day Bigfoot became”a reality”. Their motivation does not go beyond that day. There is no thought about what will happen to Bigfoot but only how they will spend the money or share the glory of their success.

I look forward to your book and wish you the best nights sleep possible when it is finished – you have earned it!

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I just finished watching your videos on YouTube… that took a lot of courage for you to say what you said. I bow before you humbled and grateful. You opened my eyes all the way to our giant hairy friends, like you said, I know they exist, I know they are real. I am also ashamed, that I wanted to be thought of as a researcher… I needed to be a researcher and for what? I don’t really know. It hasn’t benefited me in the least, what have I researched? Nothing… I witnessed though, and that was more profound and more life changing than researching could ever be.

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Autumn, you do what you have to do! I wish that I could be there to tell you how proud I am to know you and how proud I am of you. I wish that I could give you a hug and say thank you for what you’ve given me; and, one day I will. I could see that this internal debate has taken its toll, but you are much stronger for it. Your integrity has shone through and it is humbling.

You have my support, you always will. I send you a hug full of love and admiration.

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I totally understand what you are saying Autumn. One of my favourite quotes is from Einstein…”The definition of INSANITY is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”…You’ve definitely given allot of thought to this…All I can tell you is that yourself among other (former) researchers (ha ha ha), is why I have enjoyed the entire Bigfoot mystery…

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Thanks for following your heart. It’s an inspiring movement you have made.

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When I first read your blog title and read your introduction, I was very concerned about what you were going to say. Then I viewed the video, and I was excited for you. I heard three things:

1) A journey that you started 20 years ago has ended with a success. You found what you were looking for and were filled with an inner peace. Not too many people can say that. Now you know that you are a special and unique individual that was given a wonderful opportunity to witness/interact with our bigfooted friends. Very few humans can claim that. You were chosen because they know your heart and trust you. All of your hard work paid off, even if you may not think so right now. Sometimes the value of the journey is the journey itself and the people that you met along the way (i.e. witnesses, OregonBigfoot members, and other friends).

2) You learned from your experience and had the courage to stop when you were at a exit point. You recognize that all the research that you completed over the last 20 years was not going to give you what you were looking for and you had the courage to choose to go in a different direction. I really do feel sorry for the other researchers who are going to continue to search for footprints, hair clumps, scat, and other circumstancial evidence to “prove” that our friends exist. They are on a pathway that will probably never lead them to what they are searching for.

3) Finally, I suspect that you have found a new calling or passion, advocating for witnesses. Not everyone is able to shift from one passion to another so quickly. Usually, there is a gap between them; sometimes days, sometimes years. For you, as one ended, the other surfaced quickly. I am excited for you that you have found a new calling.

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I just wanted to congratulate you. You have graduated. What courage, what conviction, what brilliance. Thank you for what you have done, and what you will do. You know that I know too….

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Good luck with your journey :)

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I, too, began my exploratory efforts after becoming a witness, although I enjoy the woods too much to stop researching. I feel also there is a desire to see again. I applaud your commentary. Well said, I can relate to it very greatly. :)

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Hey, that took alot of courage and sacrifice, and you know we’ll be there. I’m no longer a researcher, I am a witness. Bring it on. We know the truth, and we are extremely fortunate. It is up to us to help those who witness. We know you know how we feel.

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“@ Robert: That Einstein quote about insanity is also one of my favorites and was the same thing I thought of when watching/listening to Autumn’s video. I almost mentioned it to her as well.

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Just saw your videos. Sounds pretty interesting and I am now looking forward to your book, as I would like to hear what you have to say.

I found some things you said interesting. The most interesting thing I thought you said, was how your eyewitness has come to know this particular Sasquatch as an individual… If someone really did have an intimate relationship with one of these creatures, would they really be willing to “throw it all away” just to get a picture or other proof? I have always thought this answer would be “no”. But, if someone did have this knowledge and would be willing to share it, then that is the info I have been waiting for, so hopefully this is the info your book will have!

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“You already knew the answers” you just needed a little kick in the pants. GRIN

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You treated me with a great deal of respect for the little amount of time that I was part of your Oregon forum and for that I will always be grateful. I’ve learned a lot from what I’ve seen of you on video and your blogs and I’m taking that into the field with me every time I go. For me it’s not a quest for proof but a personal thirst for knowledge and right now my only goal and hope is just to see one for myself. If and when that happens my direction may change as yours has but for now I am grateful for everything you;ve given to this field and… I will aggressively defend your right to do things your way just because of the respect you gave me when you didn’t even know me.

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You really have a huge point! My family has lived in southern oregon for generations & we were always told that you are NEVER ALONE in the forest. Even if you don’t see anybody. You are completely on the right track and following the path you are supposed to be on even if you feel lost.

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Thanks so much, Autumn.

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It is so courageous of you to come forth and honestly express the frustration with the “field” standards of proof, that are not nearly as revealing as the stories that people can tell….

This is a field if you can call it that, requiring sensitivity and a willing suspension of disbelief….Also, I believe if a researcher is to be successful, and I think you may be living proof, whether you believe it or not, she has to be humble, to inspire trust whether that trust is in another witness, or in the creature him or herself…I too have been torn with low self esteem in respect to evidence I believe will invite skepticism and ridicule…yet believing it should inspire more questions, and open more possibilities… You are a witness, thank you so much for sharing this…. I am a witness to “something large and curious, and unidentified”, and have met several witnesses who have seen more than I , people who share, by opening the conversation with the phrase “you are going to think I am crazy.” Unless of course they are native people who speak in a very matter of fact way…..and give tantalizing detail, but only so much….

You are so right about being a witness… Noone can predict when a sighting will occur, can determine probability using the methods of “science” whatever that means…The more I go out and deliberately look, the less I “find.”

Thank you for mentioning the greater importance of conservation…

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You knew the correct decision all along. Good for you, Autumn.

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I tried to watch your videos but the sat connection here sucks. I support you in your decision. If people think its all about money thenthey’re  really not listening. I agree that researchers don’t treat witnesses with much respect these days…

Bottom line is: do what you feel needs to be done and to hell with everyone else. I support you and always have. Why would I have drove from Indiana to Texas that year to see yoI if i didn’t?

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Thank you for your videos. I agree as you say “the Peanut Galllery” is on the wrong track. I call them the “Good Ol Boy Network”. They are going about it the wrong way and with the wrong frame of mind. Not that they aren’t sincere… They are but are approaching the phenomena from the wrong way of thinking. You are NOT committing suicide but stepping into another realm of reality. Thank you for listening.

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Seems to me most Encounters are by accident unless your lucky enough to know where they are and treat their space with respect and work towards a grudging acceptance by them. Most Researchers go wandering into the woods, knocking trees and yelling… any self-respecting Squatch is going to move miles away. Anyway, it’s no use going back to the witness sighting…  he’s been long gone!

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Great, Autumn.

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Don’t know if you will read this but, I have always agreed with this thought. I guess I never wanted to have it proved – all it would do is put hundreds of people in the woods with guns only for one reason. Thanks for this. I hope you can achieve just what you want.  As for me, I’ll keep doing as always, not looking for for them but if it happens that would be great and the only person that would ever know it would be me. Take care, be careful and good luck.

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Hello. I hope you don’t mind me sharing some of my thoughts with you on Sasquatch and your video blog. I have been a believer since I was a child. These noble beasts exist! I do not need scientific evidence to prove that to me. I believe witnesses over researchers anytime.

However, I have never been lucky enough to be a witness. I do believe I have come close a couple of times, but that still does not make me a witness. I do not even know if I would tell anyone if I ever saw one of these creatures.

I have always noticed on these “expeditions” that it is funny they never see anything. All the technology they carry with them, all the “traps”, and all man power…nothing. Maybe a call, hear some knocking, maybe some hair, maybe some smell, but still nothing. So the question is why? It is simple…no, it is very simple; 30 people in the woods setting up gear will make some noise. These creatures have enough intelligence to know, “Humans in the woods…red alert!” They are smart enough to see camera on trees, strange smelling meats or smells (gorilla pheromones…really?), or hear calls. Do you not think a sasquatch can tell the difference in a real call and an mp3 over a loudspeaker? Do you not think as elusive as they are that when 30-40 people are in the woods, especially at night, that they become even more elusive? There is a reason we have not “discovered” them or they have not let us “discover” them rather.

When I am in the woods hiking/hunting why do I see an elk, or a deer, or a bear? Because usually I am by myself or with someone who is elsewhere. Same reason witness see Bigfoot…one or two people not looking for one will stand a better chance of seeing one and those odds are still astronomical. If I go into the woods with my video camera, my digital camera, and my cell phone…I will see nothing. If I go into the woods with just my backpack…I might see something.

I hope we never find them. I know how the scientific community is and they will destroy one of these creatures just to prove their many hypotheses. They will cut it to pieces, test it, and display it. I would never want to see one of these in a cage or a zoo…EVER! I do fear one day one will be killed either by accident or purposely and then the woods will be full of “researchers” and nut jobs trying to bring one in.

I have a deep reverence for the outdoors and the woods. I hunt and fish but when and if one of the animals I hunt gives it’s life for me and my family I give thanks to God and the animal for feeding my family. If I ever have the honor of seeing a Bigfoot…I will give thanks and leave the beast alone.

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I can’t agree with you more. Good Luck

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Dear Ms. Williams,

I used this heading, instead of Autumn, because I have not actually met you yet and didn’t want to call you by your first name and take away any of the high esteem and respect that I feel, and send, to you. I’ve just finished watching the 3 youtube videos that were included in your blog today.

May I just say that I have so much more respect for you now, than ever before! I’ve felt the same way about the BF “research” community for the entire 2 years that I have known about it. There is no need to go off into the woods and basically harrass and stalk a family the way it has been done by so many, for so long. If you are interested in meeting a clan or family, just go in peacefully and friendly.

I also agree with the fact that any “proof” we do come up with will only endanger them.

I commend you for releasing these videos….and for coming forward to stand for the witnesses. For you are soo right in the fact that once a person has made contact….the desire to protect them as we would protect a loved one just comes naturally.

I know that you expect there to be a lot of fallout over not being able to show the proof that so many in this field scream for, but I myself wanted to be able to tell you that I respect you for keeping this persons confidentiality, and for wanting to protect the individual that he is cohabitating with. KUDO’S!!! You are a remarkable woman. Keep your chin up knowing that not all of us feel that you have to prove anything, and I for one am trying to patiently await your book. It’s about time that “researchers” learned some real truths about these wonderful beings that have shared our world with us all this time.

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I just finished watching your blog videos. It sounds to me like you’ve had an extraordinary, life changing, soul searching experience working with this witness. I envy you. Do I want to know about his experience….definitely yes. Do I need evidence to back it up…..definitely not. I have always been the type of person to just listen. I don’t criticize. I don’t judge. I don’t ridicule. I’ve never needed proof. I have always known that they exist; and I’ve never even seen one in the flesh. I enjoy hearing the witness’ accounts and seeing the pictures, but that’s the extent of it. I just quietly file all of that into the back of my mind and just keep doing what I do. I agree with everything you said on the videos. We don’t need to prove they exist. As you said, that would cause the demise of the species. They don’t need protection from anything or anyone but us. I also agree that research has become “icky”. It’s become cut throat, messy, and way too critical.

I remember reading an eyewitness account a couple of years ago about this guy who had a relationship with some BF for three years. He would leave food for them in a bag hung up on a suspended cord. They would untie the bag, eat the food, then put the bag back on the cord. Personally, I believed the gentleman; however, the rest of the Bigfoot community ridiculed him and called him false. It makes no sense. “Researchers” desperately want to get these witness’ stories, but then they tear them apart trying to prove them wrong or a hoax or a misidentification. Why are they even bothering with it then!!! These same researchers say that the evidence is “inconclusive”. Well, of course it’s inconclusive…duh! Nothing is conclusive unless a body is found…….which I hope never happens.

When I go into the woods, I don’t “search”. I mosey around, listening and looking (mostly at the scenery and the animals), and I sit and shoot the breeze with whomever I am with… just waiting to see if anything develops. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. The last witness I interviewed had a sighting. I asked her how she felt when she saw the Bigfoot. She said that she wasn’t afraid as much as she was confused. She had no idea what she was seeing. She had never talked about this with anyone except her family. I told her I was honored that she trusted me enough to share her story with me. It wasn’t some wonderful thing I did, it was simply common courtesy and respect for her. I’d always thought that other researchers acted in the same way, but I guess I was wrong. Like you said….icky.

I apologize for going on and on about this……but I feel the same as you. Do this for yourself Autumn…..don’t worry about everyone else or what everyone else thinks. I don’t.

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Guts, lady, guts! I don’t know you except for some video blogs and through the small amount of emails we’ve exchanged, Autumn, but I have to say I feel damn proud of you, woman! It took some moxy to make the statement you did and you looked damn good saying it btw. You, milady, have my admiration and respect. I’ve never been the kind of man who automatically bows to the rules so I can appreciate the somewhat rebellious nature it took to make this video. I can’t begin to fathom how difficult this was for you, but it’s done now and hopefully you can move forward in the direction you’d like a little easier now. You’ll do fine, Ms. Autumn.

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Watched your three videos this morning & makes sense to me! Me and my wife went on a XXXX Bigfoot expedition back in November. We were excited thinking we would learn about Bigfoot and all. But we get there and find a bunch of gung ho guys all decked out in camouflage with camo paint on their faces, running around in the woods all night whacking on trees and whooping and hollering. Sort of reminded me of boot camp when I was in the Army…Everyone in bed and asleep by 0200 hours, morning briefing at 0630 hours. It made us wonder if we were learning about BF or learning how to stalk and ambush one in the woods. A couple of the guys were even carrying .45 pistols.

I don’t know, the whole thing was not what I was expecting.

Don’t get me wrong, we did meet some really nice folks. One guy, Scott Nelson, is doing some really interesting research with the Berry/Morehead recordings. Scott thinks the BF are using speech. (scott is a retired Navy crypto/linguist) He talked to us about it for a few hours one morning and I caught his presentation on video.

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That a girl! ;> For those of you who don’t know my friend here Autumn Williams (or our close friend Scott Davis), here’s a courageous post she made the other night. It is a wonderful example of following your heart, even if the cost may be high and you have to walk away from a lot. Way to go Autumn! You’re an inspiration. :>

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OK, I agree with you in the most part. That is the main reason that I have stopped going to the XXXX and the WA bigfoot campouts. Because that is about all they are is campouts. I am not a witness but I believe…So I have been going it alone looking….and trying to be a witness. To date no luck. But I have some theories on why we don’t see them and why there are so few of them. I will send you my theory as soon as I can get it together in print. Perhaps you can use it or at least give it some thought. Thanks for hanging in there and best wishes..

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Great post.

Question. How do we stop doing the same stupid things?

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Nice that you are addressing a forum for witnesses. I’ve made it a point to speak to other witnesses, there are feeling to share that they understand. The journey, in a way, begins with that very brief 6 or 7 second sighting, which seems to last much longer, and opens up a whole new range of thoughts and questions. I’ve considered and wanted to speak to some of them from time to time on these chat rooms, but defer to later. I guess I’d rather share those with another witness. For several months I would not go into the woods alone. To that, at first your heart races and your breathing becomes faster, but you work your way through it.

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First let me say that this is the first time I’ve visited your web site. Secondly that I came here after reading some comments on other websites about this post so I did have some preconceived notions based on what I read at those other sites. After reading and listening to what you had to say, I will say that those notions were mostly incorrect. But what I really want to say is that if your curiosity about this whole phenomenon is indeed finally satisfied, and if that truly has been the driving force behind your “research” for the last 20 years, than the question of whether people would/should require proof should have no bearing on whether you tell this story or not. If you believe it to be the truth, then tell it with a clear conscience and enjoy the freedom that the truth brings regardless of what other people say or think.

I’ve read more than a few comments being critical about doing it in a book format, claiming that it’s just to make money, but I don’t agree. I think that format does make a difference and while almost anything could be told on a blog, that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the best way to tell it. And if it really is the answer that you’ve been looking for all those years, than I don’t blame you at all for wanting to do it the best way possible. On the other hand, if it just a money-making thing, that will be obvious too and word will spread quickly thanks to the internet. Very cliche’d but every problem (or concern) contains its own solution.

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I just finished listening to your Blog on my e-mail. May I say how proud I am that you were brave enough to come forward with this new point of view for you .As you know and have stated ,those of us who are Witnesses don’t need anyone running around like a mad fool in the woods at night trying to prove to themselves what we already know to be true and wonderful to experience .

I once had a friend say to me that the definition of insanity was to do the same thing over and over and to expect a different result. I know from my own encounters that going out with a need to prove to someone else the “Truth” is the surest way to find nothing but going into the bush and just being yourself and allowing yourself to act normally as you had before will often lead to another special moment

The actions you have taken show how much you have learned and how much personal honor and respect  you have,  BRAVO !!!! Stating as you did that we are the only thing that the sasquatches need protecting from is something I have felt in my heart from my first encounter and one of the main reasons that I never came forward with any of my encounters nor did I try to get film or “hard facts” to prove it to others . Not being believed was of little consequence to me ,I rarely give a rats behind as to what others think of what I say ( that often gets me in enough trouble ) but as you have come to realize you will never convince someone who doesn’t believe and you don’t have to prove it to someone who already believes.

Maybe someday soon I will get up the gumption to put my encounters into an e-mail and share with you but for now it is still too personal and intimate to let go of .

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That was profound. That is an interesting perspective. I think I will no longer consider myself “no kill” but also a conservationist. That is probably closer to the truth anyway

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I am NOT a bigfoot researcher, I am not a witness.  I am just a person that has a interest in those things that are very unusual and unknown. So I have an interest, a deep interest in the subject of Bigfoot but I don not actively pursue that interest.
I remember the first time I saw the PG film on television.  It shook me to the core.  Just seeing that clip mad me shiver from head to toe.  I have been a believer ever since.
Now saying that, and even though I have given thought to becoming a researcher, I have always decided against it.  Until now, I never really thought about why.
With you being a witness, you know it exists.  You don’t have to walk around  with the smallest single piece of doubt whether Bigfoot exists or not.  Those of us that have never had an experience with Bigfoot do.  I think those are the people that deserve to know for a fact or not if what they think they believe in actually exists or not.  I think that’s why research needs to be done and proven that this creature exists or not.
I understand that you have put in great effort and everything that goes along with it researching this subject and looking for evidence to prove its existence.  I am actually happy for you.  You know what I deeply yearn to know.  You don’t have to walk around with that speck of doubt in you.
Like I said, I feel pretty confident that these beings do exist, but I will never, ever know for sure until I have my own experience or undisputable proof positive is displayed in front of all the world to see and this question can finally be put to rest.  That’s just human nature, to discover those things that have never been discovered before.  It has been that way since the beggining of time.
I totally agree that these beings need to be left alone, to be respected for what they are and allowed to exist without interference from humankind, to live as how God intended.  I don’t think that means I should not be allowed to know, or anyone else for that matter.
It’s easy to see how very unique this subject is to you and all you have put into it in your lifetime.  I don’t think you should feel wrong for quitting researching.  You are just doing what your heart tells you.  But you also have to understand that those of us who are still searching for that knowledge have an unsatiable need to possess that knowledge also.
I think you are lucky.  You have something I want but I will never get until I have my own personal experience or someone provides irrefutable evidence of their existence.  I completely understand why you don’t want to see mankind get their hands on this creature.  Humankind’s past history has proven to pretty much destroy everything we encounter.
One being of species cannot be held accountable for the rest of his species.  I’m sorry Autumn , I still need to know.  People still need to know.  People will still go on and pursue this creature, you know they will.  We just have to hope that it will be proven and then left to be live freely.  But you know it will be pursued until proven to exist and then beyond.  Once proven (and I believe eventually it will be) studies will be done to learn even more about it, that’s also just human nature.
I can only imagine how you are getting pulled from both ends in this situation.  I can also understand why you have made the decsion to quit researching.  Whether it’s the right one or not, I cannot say.  I think it will be if it’s one that you can wake up every morning and not be in constant turmoil with yourself.  But please also understand most of us don’t possess what you do and by nature will continue to pursue the truth.  Good or evil, I think we all deserve the truth.  I believe in that old saying, ‘And the truth shall set you free’.
I hope you find a way to be able to realize what the right thing is for your to do. I hope you can find the inner peace that to me it seems you really need.  In the end, that’s what we all want and need and deserve.
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i applaud your decision.being one that is first a witness then a (researcher) you do look at things different,not every encounter is going to be the same. its tough to try and receate what might happen and then scratch your head because it didnt work. when you try and report an encounter if what happened in your situation is different enough they look at you like your full of it. as foryour witness you are deffinately correct to not disclose him or is location. it would be awesome to have that type of interaction with them. extreme few are blessed in that way. on the other end of the spectrum are my encounters, i unknowingly (took there dinner away from them),like your witness they know who he is and trust him enough to allow him to get close, im the exact opposite they know who i am and consider me a threat to there food source, i fear that one of these encounters is going to go wrong. i just hope and pray they will realize i mean them no harm and wish not to take their food from them.,, i wish you well and luck in what ever you decide., good luck autumn

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I’ve watched your thought-provoking video blog twice now, and I’m convinced that your perspective on this issue is the right one.  I’ve thought for some time that it’s high time we abandoned the search for “proof”.  As you say, witnesses don’t need proof; they KNOW what they have seen.  I have never had the privilege of being a witness, but I’ve lived long enough to know that the human species is horrifically destructive, and were incontrovertable “proof” present itself (in the form of a skeleton, or a corpse), the death-knell would be sounded for the existence of these incredible creatures.

What most people consider “progress” has never been a bargain; we end up paying for it in the long-run.  I’m sure that the original designers of the internal-combustion engine never envisioned a time when our continent would be criss-crossed with freeways, when the annual death-toll on our highways exceeds the total number of American dead in the 15 years of the Vietnam Conflict, and when the emissions of the automobile would contribute to world-wide pollution and climate change.  Their original intention was all for the good.  The fact is…we were better off with the horse.  This same principle can be applied to so many other technological developments; the television, the computer; not that there’s anything wrong with these in themselves.  It’s everything that comes along with them that humans don’t seem to know how to deal with.

If Bigfoot was offically “discovered” it would be its demise.  The hunters, the “researchers”, the sensationalists would all come out of the woodwork and its survival would be put at far more risk than it is at present.  It was here long before we were, and hopefully will be here long after we are gone.  It has been clever enough to remain an enigma despite every technological gadget we can throw at it, and as a species it has my profound respect.

Living as I do on Vancouver Island, I have never been a witness.  I hope I will some day; I’ve heard enough to convince me that they share this island with us.  If I do, I will consider it a true gift.  But I really hope that the “researchers” never “prove” anything.  I really look forward to your book, and wish you all the best as you progress with it through to the final stages.

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I believe you made the right choice to go out of the research field.  I wouldn’t call it suicide as much as a reprieve and getting a fresh breath of air.  Start anew, go back to your roots, come from the heart and move forward.  You will do well on which ever “Bigfoot” path you choose.
I hope to get down to Salem and the Symposium this June.  Look forward to meeting you and listen to your findings as well as meet the OBF members.

Since joining Oregon Bigfoot, I have learned so much about Sasquatch. Thanks for your great work!!

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I watched your video presentation after reading the brief comments leading to it and then reading the comments you wrote after it. I really don’t understand the comment, Professional Suicide. You will never loose the respect of those who are familiar with your work.

I understand your change of heart when it comes to Bigfoot research. It doesn’t really surprise me. I am a person who has had multiple sightings with my own two eyes. I have had several close up encounters over the years, and have had several other experiences to remember beginning in the late 1970’s , and I remember all of those with great fondness.

I want to give you some advice. I hope you will take it. When you go out into the woods looking for them, let them find you. Don’t go out there like a researcher.

I want to have a friendship with them close enough to learn from them and share with them. What I learn will not be made public. I will share only with other eye witnesses who I know cares about them as much as I do. Nobody else needs to know. Besides, if I started talking about talking with Sasquatches, who would believe me anyway.

You see, I do understand your heart and what it is telling you. Just listen to it and pay attention to it, so it can uplift you. It will direct you to what is important. It looks like you have already caught on to that.

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Thank you. I cant tell you how tired I am of watching “hunters” and “scientists” do the same nonsense. I was getting more frustrated with them then I was in the fact that I don’t know if Squatchy is real or not. It is so great to hear you (an important person in this search for truth and proof) step forward for change. I celebrate what I feel is truly at the very least, the next chapter in the ever growing history of Bigfoot.

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I didn’t have a sound card to view your Oregon Bigfoot site but do get the jest from what I read about witnesses, some not being treated correctly. I’ve been on site with several down here in Mississippi and the most joy I got out of it was helping people understand that they are NOT crazy and they did see something. The look on their faces was worth every dollar I spent driving to meet them each time. Yeah, I have met people who were just messing with me but can tell when I look into someone’s eyes if they are lying to me. Isn’t hard to tell when you look into someone eyes and see Fear. ALL researchers are darn sure not the same. Some actually care about the people who have seen SOMETHING while there are some out there who are just trying to get info from them so they can make a name for themselves. That’s one thing I truly hate with a passion, people who are researchers and are out trying to make a name for. themselves. They could care less about the people who have seen something and are really disturbed by what they saw, they just want the info, that’s it. Just wanted to say hello girl and let you know all researchers are not cut from the same mold.

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Autumn-you go girl! The videos are just awesome…  Glad to hear your witness is giving you a thumbs up!

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Just finished your videos on the blog page, and got a lil’ bit teary eyed, (the happy tears, not the sad ones.) I realized something. You’ve been an eyewitness advocate for as long as we’ve been speaking. Two years or so now? Wow, how time flies.

What kind of researcher would warn me about researchers, and the risks of allowing them on my property? I’ll tell you what kind. One that’s truly concerned for the witness, and truly concerned for the creatures. Yes, an advocate, not a researcher. Remember when I took off after one like a kid chasing an ice cream truck? No wonder they didn’t stick around there long. You said to leave it be, let it remain in control. That’s not “bigfoot researcher” lingo, but it was the best advice I’d ever received. You never once posted anything without our consent, and always had our privacy as your first priority. (Remember cropping out my tattoos?) I’m beaming with pride that you’ve “officially” become what you always were to me.

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Just watched your video blog and found it very thought-provoking.  I think many of us who found ourselves in this field because of a sighting or an unexplained incident are really in it to find an answer to a personal question, not a scientific one.  I’m still searching for my answer.  Glad you’ve found yours.

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Autumn, I watched your video blog. I completely understand where you  are coming from. I was gung-ho here a few years ago into doing the “research”. But after a awhile the so called experts just wore me down. There are some dedicated people out the looking for the truth but some are just, well, ego bound. I have been following your blog and research for some time. I have a lot of respect for you. There are only a few people I will listen to when it comes to this subject. I have not had a encounter or see anything yet. However, the few people I know who have seen something keeps me wanting to know more about what they did see. Things will work themselves for you. Hang in there.

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I am watching your video blog…

And I have a painfully horrid connection so it’s going to take a while…but I had to shoot you a note and tell you THANK YOU! For doing this and saying these things. They NEEDED to be said.

I couldn’t agree with you more! I have been working with witnesses for a couple of years now…  (on their witness sketches)….and focusing on THEM, how they feel, how it’s changed their life forever, what they have in common, etc. It’s my nature to focus on the human side of this mystery. And I am thrilled to hear you stand up for the witnesses.

And ALSO calling bullshit on the way we, as researchers operate and you are so right! What has really been accomplished?

What do we really know???

And what’s more…. who’s helping these people who are left terrified by their experience! Most of whom are laughed at or become the butt-end of endless jokes. So many I’ve talked to haven’t even told their family members. So they cope the best they can. Alone.

I’ll keep watching…. but I just wanted you to know…

This is a good thing that you’ve done. And if some “researchers” fall away…. that’s okay. You didn’t need them anyhow.

I believe you are spot-on.

You GO girl.

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Congratulations on your transformation and your courage to publish the book you are working on. I hope it causes the needed shift in understanding sasquatches.

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Again, my congrats and plaudits to you on your courageous decision…

At first blush, there were a million comments that leapt thru my mind, each cogent, succinct and relevant, but I quickly decided against most of them, reexamined those that were left and tossed most of them, too, and so, finally, here’s the remainder.

It had to be said, I guess; someone had to give voice to the niggling uncertainty that many of have felt about our “Researcher/ Investigator/Enthusiast/ Trekker/ Expeditioner/ Buff” etc activities and methods, our techniques, equipment, hardware, tech gear, data gathering and even our garb (Camouflage? Why wear cammy when you’re searching for a creature that can see in the dark, or in the infrared?) !

There’s got to be a better way, and it may be different for each of us… you have been struggling with your personal uncertainties, and I am very happy for you that you’ve chosen a comfortable new/old path, and that you had the strength to say what had to be said, to give yourself the freedom to walk the walk.

Others may have difficulty accepting your viewpoint… Your experiences, information and lifestyle are yours alone, Lady, and you have no responsibility to explain anything to anyone, beyond your calm, coherent and conclusive (I love alliteration) combined text and video discourse, a Blog post that will become iconic in its fundamental analysis of the Bigfoot enigma (Cryptozoological endeavors in general will also benefit!), and saved in many Seekers’ computers far into the future.

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I am proud of you for standing up for what you believe in. I had to listen to the blog carefully, twice, to understand the meaning of what you spoke about. And just for the record, I agree whole-heartedly. To be a “witness” as opposed to a “researcher”, is a novel and brilliant idea. I never thought of the two being different. I do understand!! (And thats a plus) I want you to know that I support you.

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I just watched your vidblog on the OB Blog, and I wanted to write to give you my support. I have never written to you before. I read your blog often, and your new sighting reports. I read a lot of sites on bigfoot on the web and every book I can get my hands on. I have been a witness of these beings throughout my life, and like many , I have never contacted any researchers, because I have just found them to be asking all the wrong questions. I think everything you have to say about bf researchers is right on the nose! This is a phenomenon dealing with a class of living beings that the current scientific paradigm is ill prepared to deal with. I was so happy for you, watching your vids, as I could see the new understanding in your eyes, really see the new perspecticve, the wonder of it all. You are no longer a searcher, you are now a knower. I can’t quite put into words what I saw in your eyes, but there were shades of relief, peace, acceptance, knowledge, even joy, along with the fear, but the fear is losing (fear is the mind-killer, after all!) and it seems joy is filling the void. I know it must have taken you considerable courage to do what you have done, but you have taken a step that the universe has clearly laid out for you. You have taken the first steps onto a new path. May it bring you more joy. It has already brought you much self-awareness, and that is beautiful.
You will lose some followers, but you will gain the respect of those of us who have experienced these beings and roll our eyes at the stupidity that passes for bf research, and really, who would you rather have the respect of; those who have never seen a bigfoot but are “experts” or those who have interacted with these people and know when tney are hearing truth? Always remember that the new is opposed violently by small mind, and the bf research community seems to be populated with little else. Congratulations and all my best!

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Just want to let you know I support you 100%. I don’t think titles are really important. When you were a researcher you were always very supportive of the witnesses. Someone needs to help them and listen to them. I don’t understand why researchers have not listened to them all these years. It seems if they had the right attitude with the witness and handled it right they could have learned a lot about the very creature they are searching for.

I figure there may be a few people who won’t understand why you made your decision but your real friends will. And I think what you are doing is much more important.

I feel you will probably get more people to tell you their stories when they know what you are doing and that will be good.

Just wanted you to know how I felt.

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I hope this finds you well. I don’t know if you know who I am or not. We’ve traveled some of the same circles I suppose. I know people you know, you know people I know, etc. Anyway, the point. The point is I’m not sure where you are, although I do have a pretty good idea. I’d really like to talk to you, or tell you my story. How my journey began, where it has led me, where I’m at now. I think it might help. I tend to open doors for people. Sometimes the wrong people. I’m a writer at heart, so when I get cranked up I tend to write these mini-novels. I don’t want to do that now. You have a lot on your plate, and I don’t want to give you some long winded speech coming from the heart that will just get set aside for “later” and ultimately ignored. So I thought what I would do is send you this essay/article thing I just finished not too long ago. I started it several months ago, but it got put on the back burner until recently. I think you would enjoy reading it, and find it interesting. By what you’ve said recently, it will be nothing new to you, but at least you’ll be able to see you aren’t the only one who “gets it.”

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I watched your video blog, WOW you expressed in words what has been bothering me for months now.
Ive been pressured to write articles, work on a book on New Zealand Cryptozoology and contribute to a blog and haven’t been able to, I just couldn’t put my finger on it, then I spotted your blog and Boom you had it all there in words. Ive had Maori refuse to speak to me about New Zealands cryptids because they said “You are only in this for profit and your own mana (personal power – credibility, reputation if you like), They were right. You were right.

I’ve wanted to measure it, quantify it and identify and classify it.

What the heck for?

I’m no field researcher due to illness but I now strongly believe  most of the cryptids in New Zealand are long dead ( Extinct) as there are very few reports now. Yet how do you tell the “Researchers” what you are trying to prove isn’t here anymore to prove?

All I can say is thanks for opening my eyes and bringing to the surface what has been holding me back and bothering me for so long.

My sincere thanks.

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Your latest video blog is succinct and accurate.  Very well-done…

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Hang in there, Autumn! That’s some kind of identity crisis you’ve been going through! Re-thinking everything you’ve been doing for all this time. Well, I think you’ve been doing exactly what you were meant to do. You will find your way. The sun will come out again. Maybe by now, it already has…

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