Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bigfoot Is A Cannibal?


Did you know that in a lot of Native American Bigfoot stories, Bigfoot is widely believed to be a cannibal? According to anthropologist Kathy Strain, the most common story is that it roamed around with a basket on its back and a sticky substance on its hands, snatching children to take home and eat. While there are several instances of stories involving Native Americans going to war with the creature, she observed that there are also tales of face-to-face trading between Bigfoot and various tribes. The legends, originating from the Oklahoma and Arkansas area, saw the Sasquatch receiving woven items like baskets and blankets in exchange for fish and obsidian.

Here's a bio of Kathy Strain:

Kathy Strain is the Heritage Resource and Tribal Relations Programs Manager for the Stanislaus National Forest in Sonora, California. She has a M.A. in Anthropology and is conducts research on native cultures and their traditional bigfoot beliefs. Her book, Giants, Cannibals & Monsters Bigfoot in Native Culture covers this subject in depth, including 154 stories from 57 tribes from throughout North America. Kathy is also the on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers.
Listen to Kathy Strain talk about Native Americans and Bigfoot below:

22 comments:

  1. Ian Punnett. Can not listen any further.

    I cringe, along with Art Bell, when thinking of C2C these days.

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  2. If eatin' squatch punan makes em' a cannibal then...

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  3. What's with footers all being fat. I swear some of these guys ask henry may for dieting tips.

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    1. You're a footer. Are you fat ?

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    2. erm yeah, what give it away?

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  4. I wish...that's the only way people take you seriously in this field. You must 300+ to have an expert opinion on all things squatchy.

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  5. It's all about the BMI. 300 isn't too bad if your 6'9". But if your 300 and only 5'6" then your f'ed. Try getting life insurance, it sucks.

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  6. In the Kathy Strain gives a very unscientific interpretation of the data. Many animals (Wolves, Bears) are also considered "close to human" or "brothers" or "able to attain human form for relations" in Native mythology. She doesn't mention these confounding themes that are common in native mythology for animals in general.

    Natives believed in many things that were not literal, these are meant lessons for survival, especially for juveniles. Teaching children to be afraid of a hairy monster that collects kids in a basket appears to be a great way to get kids not to stray off into the forest which has dangers.

    There are also Bear and Human marriage tales. These are to explain the unexplainable like how menstration started. Not to capture history that unions actually happened in the past.

    I think any Bigfooters looking for truth in these tales, will sadly not get it. Replace Bigfoot with Bear or Wolf when you read the story. the real value in the stories, would only be found in those that do not replicate a similar act with other animals, but is unique to Bigfoots. Only these should be examined with scrutiny of cultural transmission of potential clues of Bigfoot behaviors. I have no idea if the book addresses that.

    if Bigfoot was alpha of the woods, you can bet he'd be on the totem pole as the face of warrior courage with great tales of his prowess and efficiency. Instead he's the incompetent trader who spent time collecting fish (hard to do by hand) only to trade food for material items he did not need. Because the unique to Bigfoot stories are super rare, if the two did co-exist, there was little interaction. i would expect stories about how to observe and sneak up on the Bigfoots. what the Bigfoots fighting weaknesses were. perhaps protocol for detecting Bigfoots and signaling territorial issues. but, those stories are not pervasive, so i doubt very much there was co-existence and purposeful interactions of a "human" sort.

    i believe genius homo pressure coming in waves from africa likely forced lesser intelligent hominids across the bering strait, and only those hominids that could thrive in dense thicket and mountains could maintain pockets of population and not be hunted down by homo sapiens that had superior war technology in the 10-18,000 years prior to arrival of europeans. whatever lives deep in the forest unclassified in north america will be rare and on brink of extinction. large populations would be obvious, and would leave too much evidence of kills, tracks, skeletal remains, and nesting. These creatures might only be in the hundreds and not thousands.



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    1. followup: this writeup refers to her interview. i've not read her book, but assume the interview about the book is representative of the book.

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    2. Good points, nice to see people taking things seriously.

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    3. Wake up! The idea that a wild animal is just a happy hippy wandering the woods sniffing flowers is just plain naive. Just ask Timothy Treadwel.

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    4. I think the presumption that they are inferior and must be on the brink of extinction is very naive. Perhaps we don't see a lot of evidence of them simply because they are greatly superior and adept at living discreetly in the woods, and dispose of their waste and remains.

      And not all Native tales relegate them to scary, anti-social, borderline human status. Many consider them mystical "Brothers" whose appearance foretells an important message, pending event, or a warning that the person needs to examine their own actions and realign themselves with the rest of nature. An interpretation that fits in with the post-sighting epiphanies and changed world/spiritual views that many modern witnesses experience after their own encounters I might add.

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  7. This is two years old.. Why are they just now putting it up?

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    1. Your comment is worthless. Its all about Tzieth and what "he" has seen or heard of regarding Bigfoot. Grow up kid.

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  8. There's no doubt in my mind they're cannibals. They're hominoids......

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  9. that big fun girl was on the monster quest show a couple of times! she would be great on a finding bigfoot kinda show. the girl got knowledge about tribes in the west coast area and has done field-work too! more to add than the renee broad on FB! but what the hell do i know?

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  10. sweat like a pig and gasp for air with every breath, then you just might be a bifooter.

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  11. We all are. We are 'all' born of this world and consume it! be it vegetarian OR meat we still eat of the same.

    NOW that's fucking food for thought!!!!!

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    1. profound and not insightful in the least

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  12. Looks like Michael Jackson eating a kid.

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  13. Maybe thats why no bodies have been found maybe they eat there dead?

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