Thom Powell, in his book The Locals: A Contemporary Investigation of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch Phenomenon, provides accounts of other individuals and families who have claimed to have had personal encounters with Bigfoot over extended periods of time. Indeed, Powell believes that there are multiple instances on record that show that the Bigfoot creatures may become habituated and learn to interact with humans. He believes that these examples of habituation describe the best method of contacting and establishing proof for the existence of the creatures. Powell believes that a large tract of forested land, in any part of the U.S., should yield a Bigfoot, provided that the residents of that land properly habituate the creatures (103).
Habituation requires several elements and Powell offers pointers for habituating a Bigfoot of your own, including what he calls 'Landscaping for Sasquatch.' Your residence should be relatively secluded and should include a reasonably large section of forested land. A ready source of food should be available - an orchard of fruit trees is often successful. You should not actively seek the creatures, but go about you own business. They don't like to be sought out or watched. They also don't like cameras - one flash or shutter click might drive the creatures away for good. Be patient - it could be years before you begin to see signs of the animals' presence. Women
CREATURE LOOKING IN HER preferred over men. Don't try OPEN WINDOW AND PLACING to shoot a creature with a gun.
Powell quotes Grover Krantz on the issue of what to do if you manage to shoot a Bigfoot - reload!
One of several accounts that Powell relates is that told by Dora Bradley. Growing up in rural Missouri in the 1960s, Dora was not aware that there was anything strange about encounters with Bigfoot. She remembers one creature looking in her open window at night and placing its large hand on her chest. She also relates a time when she, her brother, and a friend played with a juvenile Bigfoot. The young animal played rough and smelled terrible and Dora was not keen on
4 SHE REMEMBERS ONE
and children will probably have the best chance of encountering the creatures, they seem to be
ITS LARGE HAND ON HER
Where there is one Bigfoot there are usually more and if you kill a Bigfoot you might find that you will have to defend yourself.
the idea of playing with it again. Once, she awakened to discover that she and her brother had been taken by the creatures to a small cave. Surrounded by the creatures she saw one of them digging a hole to bury what looked like an infant: 'The bigfoot sitting next to me pulled me closer. It put my head on its chest. I felt its breasts when I pushed its chest. I thought it tried to nurse me the way my mother breastfed my baby sister' (146). Soon, another of the creatures lifted her in its arm and took her back to her family's garden.
Powell says that he chooses to think of the creatures as 'The Locals:'
They have long been a part of the landscape that we have recently adopted for our human purposes. Like the Native American, they were here before we arrived. Unlike the Native Americans, we have not succeeded in evicting them. They do not fear us; in fact, they observe our human activities with great interest. They stay in the shadows most of the time, though they occasionally manifest themselves. When they do, a few people notice. Most do not. (8)
And again, 'We're the out-of-towners. We've just arrived on this continent. There's a whole lot we could learn from "the locals"' (257).
I am listening to sound recordings of Bigfoot in the wild. First there is loud tree knocking.
Whump! Whump! Whump!
Then vocalizations - high-pitched hoo! hoo! hoo!
This is followed by voices. At first it sounds like an LP record played backwards, the way we used to do when I was a kid. We were trying to find subliminal satanic messages that rock bands had hidden in their songs, a process called 'backward masking.' Just like with backward LPs, I can make nothing out, except that there seems to be more than one individual making the sounds.
Fortunately I have a translation of the sounds, which are spoken English. At first the words on paper do not seem to match what I am hearing. Then that changes. I can hear them clearly now, at least as long as I read along on the transcript.
A high-pitched voice, identified as a female, says, 'Who, who, who, who, who, who.'
Then a deeper, male voice says 'Ronock told them what a good boy I am though.'
The female again: 'Who are you all? Who are you all? They're so funny looking. Watch this. Who are you all?'
A human voice answers back in imitation.
The female asks 'Why's he doing that?'
The male responds 'Oh, because he put the paper down. Good one.'
The female asks again 'Who are you all?'
The male says 'Oh Ronock told me what a good boy I am.'
The female: 'Who are you all? Want good will? Ya want to? Nawk. Want Nawk? Nawk?'
The human voice answers back and the female responds 'What's he doing?'
Okay, I understand most of the words now, but I can make no sense of them.
I am reminded of Wittgenstein's remark that 'If a lion could talk we could not understand him.'
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