It has long been the goal of the Oregon Bigfoot community to raise awareness about Sasquatch. However, it has not been our goal to simply raise awareness that Bigfoot exists; the purpose behind this website and everything we do is to attempt to understand who or what they are, to share what information we can as responsibly as we can in order to not compromise them in the process, and to help instill compassion and a desire to truly protect them – from us – in our readers.
Recently, I read an article entitled “If camera traps don’t prove existence of Bigfoot or Yeti nothing will“. I took issue with some of the points made in the article, namely that photographs would be considered proof in any case. (There is a big difference between “evidence” and “proof”.)
However, I did agree wholeheartedly with something the author said:
In the end even if, as I suspect, there is no Bigfoot, no Yeti to fill our dreams, there are still countless species—such as the Annamite striped rabbit and the short-eared dog, the Sumatran rhino and the pygmy hippo—that desperately deserve our attention. The world is full of more than enough wonders-of-life to keep us all busy and happy, if only we recognize them in time. My largest criticism of cryptozoologists is not that they insist on the existence of large undiscovered hominid species or lake sea monsters, but that most cryptozoologists consistently ignore the species we do know exist, the millions of species under threat by deforestation, habitat destruction, pollution, overexploitation, climate change, and innumerable other human impacts. If cryptozoologists spent as much time and energy working to save global biodiversity as they do analyzing Bigfoot evidence, the world would be a better and more wild place. If they truly love what is not yet known, cryptozoologists would be conservationists first. For, there will be no new discoveries, if the world’s ecosystems continue to be lost.
One statement really stood out to me:
“If they truly love what is not yet known, cryptozoologists would be conservationists first.”
That’s a good point.
For some time now, I have been asking myself, “What can I DO for them?” I mean, really DO for them? There is no “Save the Sasquatch” non-profit organization that I can donate to. I cannot take up residence on the White House lawn, demanding that the President protect something which has not been proven to exist and whose very existence, if proven, would create a fiscal nightmare for whichever unlucky branch of government was chosen to oversee it. I cannot, in good conscience, attempt to prove the existence of Bigfoot with the belief that we will then somehow find it in ourselves to “protect” it… from us… because I deeply doubt our ability to do so quickly and efficiently without crucial legislation getting mired in red tape and budget constraints. Meanwhile, having proved it beyond a reasonable doubt to the dumbstruck masses, Bigfoot is effectively served up on a buffet table for a gluttonous society of humans whose curiosity and ravenous appetite for knowledge and entertainment is not always tempered by thoughtful consideration of consequence or genuine compassion for the main course.
So what can I DO?
This blog is a modest platform but it’s the only one I’ve got. Below you will find my pledge, and an invitation to join me here and do a little something to help the environment in the process.
I STAND FOR SASQUATCH
My name is Autumn Williams. I was the child of a family of long-term witnesses and have been seeking to understand this phenomenon for over 20 years. While I rarely hug trees, I have been known on occasion to hug a bigfoot statue that was once a tree.
My approach to this subject includes compassion and an attempt to understand their perspective. What might it be like to live and exist in a constant survival state and how might my actions affect that? I am thoughtful about the choices I make, and whether those decisions will benefit them – or, at the very least, not compromise their existence. I am careful not to publish location information of any report which might influence their safety.
I maintain a healthy respect for them foremost in my mind and approach this subject based on the assumption that they are human-like, have culture and deserve the same respect that I would ask for. While I may be wrong in those assumptions, I would rather overestimate the amount of respect they deserve rather than underestimate it. With this in mind, I do not feel that I have the right to trick them into interacting with me. I announce my presence and allow them to remain in control. Not only do I feel this is more respectful, it is also more effective.
I don’t focus on proving that they exist. I only seek to understand what they are. I do not want to study them. I want to understand them.
While I am curious to know what Bigfoot is, I understand that with curiosity comes responsibility and accountability. Regardless of what the nature of these creatures may be, in my attempts to interact with them I pledge to conduct myself in a way that is thoughtful and respectful. I respect their right to exist on this planet without interference from me and to remain unharmed, either directly or indirectly, by my actions. I respect that they have their own lifestyle and/or culture. I will remember that each Sasquatch is an individual, not a specimen, and will treat them as such. I respect their right to initiate contact or decline my attempts at contact and any contact will be mutual. I will continue to focus my efforts on maintaining and improving the environment that we share, for their sake as well as our own.
PLEASE JOIN ME
If you would like to join me in Standing for Sasquatch, please send a full-body, standing photograph of yourself, your first name and last initial, a little about yourself, your interest in the subject, and anything else you’d like to add to firstname.lastname@example.org
Witnesses, researchers and aficionados are encouraged to participate. Your submission may be thought-provoking or humorous, serious or lighthearted. You are encouraged to share your sightings or experiences, your concerns about protection and the ways in which you pledge to show respect. Your first name and last initial only will be used to identify you, unless you’d prefer to have your full name listed. You may also remain anonymous. In that case, your photo may be a silhouette and you may use a pseudonym or screen name. Submissions may be edited for spelling, grammar, clarity, brevity or appropriateness.
Since there is no organized “Save the Sasquatch” campaign to benefit, Oregon Bigfoot will donate a dollar for every published submission to The Arbor Day Foundation.
Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, The Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners.
Each dollar donated plants a tree. The Foundation plants trees in National Forests, areas ravaged by wildfires, and deforested rain forests. Over the course of 50 years, a single tree can generate $31,250 worth of air pollution control, recycle $37,500 worth of water, and control $31,500 worth of soil erosion.
You can also make a difference by matching donations made by Oregon Bigfoot to The Arbor Day Foundation. If you’d like to be a Match Partner in our Stand for Sasquatch awareness campaign, please email me.
Finally, please consider joining the Arbor Day Foundation as a member. For $10, you’ll receive 10 trees to plant in your own yard and 6 months’ worth of membership, or you can donate your 10 trees to be planted elsewhere. Your membership includes discounts from 33-56% off their tree prices (which are reasonable already) and they have a gorgeous selection of flowering trees and shrubs to choose from. Every purchase helps the Arbor Day Foundation plant more trees and your yard will look stunning. How’s that for a win-win? If you do decide to sign up for membership to the Foundation, please email me and let me know!
The first dollar is in the kitty… I figure the tree it’ll plant will replace the one above that someone turned into a bigfoot. :)