What is Bigfoot?
What is bigfoot, or Sasquatch? For hundreds of years, people have reported seeing hairy, man-like creatures that walk on two legs and live in the forests and mountainous areas of North America and around the world.
The term "bigfoot" was coined in 1958, when bulldozer operator Jerry Crew found and cast large tracks at Bluff Creek, California, near the site where Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin later filmed the Patterson-Gimlin film in 1967. The story, and the wprd "bigfoot" hit the Associate Press and it has been a common colloquialism for all things big, hairy and manlike ever since.
The word "Sasquatch" is a contemporary spelling of the Salish Indian term ""Sésquac", which means "wild man".
There are many theories about what bigfoot is. We'll explore some of the more popular ideas below.
What is Bigfoot - ELUSIVE PRIMATE?
The belief that bigfoot is simply an "ape" similar to a two-legged Gorilla has been status quo in the bigfoot research community for decades. One popular theory is that Bigfoot may be Gigantopithecus Blacki, a large primate whose teeth and jawbones have been discovered in parts of China. Researchers have looked to the behavior of other non-human primates for clues to Bigfoot behavior and have approached field research, somewhat unsuccessfully, with this is mind. While Sasquatches appear to have many physical characteristics that most certainly put them in the order of higher primates, such as hands with an opposable thumb, a flattened face and a large brain, there are details in eyewitness testimony, especially that of long-term witnesses, that indicate that Bigfoot may possess language and some sort of primative culture, leading some researchers to believe that Bigfoot or Sasquatch may actually be some sort of primative human.
WHAT IS BIGFOOT - Prehistoric human?
Some have looked to early human ancestors as potential candidates to explain what Bigfoot is. Paranthropus robustus had a crested skull and was bipedal, but only stood 4' tall. Homo Erectus might be a better candidate, standing on average 5' 10". There are indications that Homo Erectus used stone tools, which Sasquatches may, but they also may have used fire, which Bigfoot does not. Neither of these candidates has been found fossilized in North America; however, the areas where Sasquatches are presumed to live, mainly forested regions, are areas which do not produce many fossils.
what is bigfoot - Spiritual being?
Many early Native American tribes across the US and Canada have stories about Bigfoot, carved their visages into totem poles and even had names in their own language for the creatures, including Dsonoskwa, Steatco, and Bukwus. These stories and physical representations of the creatures are fascinating asthey often depict a hairy, man-like creature with wild eyes and pursed, whistling lips, similar to what eyewitnesses have described. Native American beliefs often contain a spiritual element - that Sasquatch is our "brother" or the "boss of the woods", charged with protecting nature from the damage humans would do - and focus less on Sasquatch as a physical being and more as a spiritual harbinger.
WHAT is bigfoot - alien translplant?
There have been a few documented UFO sightings in conjunction with Bigfoot sightings, lending a much stranger explanation to the question, "What is Bigfoot?" Some suggest that Sasquatch is linked in some way to beings from another world: either planted here intentionally or brought to earth to serve some sort of purpose. While sightings of Bigfoot and UFOs are occasionally reported together, it is unclear whether these reports are credible.
WHAT is bigfoot - SHAPESHIFTER?
On the fringes of bigfoot research, paranormal theories abound. Some witnesses believe they have documented trackways that simply stop, leading some to wonder if bigfoot may be "interdimensional" - whatever that means - or have the ability to "shapeshift" into another form. Some witnesses have indicated that bigfoot can "turn into" a rock or a stump or become invisible. It is unclear whether these reports are simply misidentifications of the creature's ability to camoflauge themselves in their surroundings and hold very still. Native American stories of "skinwalkers", which were shape-shifters, have been attributed to Sasquatch.
WHAT is bigfoot - attention ploy?
The mass media often ridicules people eyewitnesses who claim to have seen Sasquatch. Witnesses are accused of making up stories to gain attention, of being drunk or on drugs, or of perpetrating hoaxes or lying. The mainstream media often addresses the subject with tongue-in-cheek seriousness or outright sensationalism, making it uncomfortable for witnesses to come forward. While many hoaxes have been uncovered over the years, there are many more earnest, serious and credible eyewitnesses whose stories cannot be so easily discounted.
April 7, 2014
The most in-depth report on Sasquatch hair color ever conducted... I have examined 1270 reports in the Oregon Bigfoot database for color frequency. Also, thoughts on Sasquatch hair-growth patterns, a surprising analysis of Sasquatch hair compared to other great ape hair, and an examination of genetic diseases which may be apparent in eyewitness reports, including albinism, skin conditions and more.
February 5, 2014
Digging back through 20 years of files... Read an eyewitness account of close interactions in the media archives
October 25, 2013
A trip back in time to investigate the Wild Man of Winberry Creek and a trip to the woods to investigate some recent reports in the area. Photos and news clippings.
July 23 , 2013
Uploaded to the media archives: a comprehensive scientific look at the data in the OregonBigfoot.com sightings database. Where are Sasquatches most often sighted? When? What activities are witnesses doing most often during sightings? How can you increase your chances of a Bigfoot sighting or interaction? The answers might surprise you! Click here to get started!
May 13, 2013
More of the extensive interview with Midwest long-term witness "Truth". Over an hour of interview clips of candid conversation about what it's like to be a long-term witness and what Truth has learned.
A fascinating historical account from India. Fiction or not?
Bill and Gary's latest report from the campground has been uploaded! Photos and audio files
Conversations with Truth's adult daughter about ongoing encounters on their property in the Midwest
Multimedia Field Research Journal updated: Followup on a photo and sighting report
This 92 minutes of audio is the first in a multiple-part series of interviews with a long-term witness in the Midwest who is currently having ongoing encounters. You don't want to miss it! Photos and audio included.
Multi-media Field Research Journal updated
Nancy's 18-page report from the 2011 Shasta-Trinity has been uploaded. Last year's trip culminated in a face-to-face sighting. Photos and audio clips, as well as audio of the moment of the sighting, are included. This brings the Campground series to a total of 56 parts spanning a five-year period.
Also, a special update... details available to members.
In the mid 1970's, a family experienced repeated sightings at a lake in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon. Read what happened, find out WHERE it happened, and view the follow-up report detailing our own strange encounters there. Photos
Part 38 in the campground saga has been uploaded. Bill and Gary return to the campground for one night in April. Photos and audio files
An HOUR-LONG INTERVIEW with a law enforcement officer/ex-bigfoot-researcher-turned-witness. What happens when you put the cameras down... and just how close will the Sasquatch come?
NEW AUDIO RECORDING of vocalizations from Ohio.
I've updated my field journal with photos and video, documenting a HISTORIC TRACK FIND on a lake shore near Cottage Grove, OR.
Bill and Gary return to "The Campground". This is part 37 in the ongoing encounters there. Photos and audio
Two new pages of track photographs uploaded - tracks found in mud and snow
In this update to the media archives, I share an audio interview with a long-term witness from Oklahoma, detailing her sightings and encounters over a period of several years. The interview is over 45 minutes in length. Photos included.
Mom and I returned to Valley of the Skookum. Read about Mom's reunion with Youdi and Emily after 30 years... and what we found when we went to the Valley.
Bill's latest report from "The Campground" has been uploaded. Sightings and weird events abound! There are now 36 parts to this ongoing investigation.
In our historical archives section, I've added comprehensive research of "hairy men and women".
The Oregon Bigfoot blog has been updated with a complete timeline of the events surrounding the 2011 Melba Ketchum Bigfoot DNA Project.
Check out the new plant school section in the Oregon Bigfoot Research Tools.. Learn about Pacific Northwest plant species and their uses, as well as their relation to bigfoot reports.
We follow up on a vocalization report hours after it happened and interview the witness on location. Photos and video.
The follow-up report to Nancy's return to the campsite (below) from OB member Bill O'Neill, who visited the site shortly after Nancy left. Fascinating interactions and a couple of sightings... as well as some things that are truly unexplainable!
OB Member Nancy's return to the campsite. Nancy has, once again, outdone herself with an amazingly detailed report of the events that took place while she camped alone at a site in Northern California where she's had encounters in the past. 8 pages of detailed field reporting, photos and audio recordings.
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