|Randy Harrington checks camera traps in the |
Kiamichi National Forest of SE Oklahoma
Instead, my interest is in trying to quantify, and understand, the intelligence level of the sasquatch. It also seems that evidence addressing this question is more readily available than evidence for simple existence, even though this evidence is even more vague and uncertain than the evidence that argues for simple existence.
However uncertain, the evidence I'm referring to, almost all of which is annecdotal, tells me that we are dealing with not just intelligent creatures, but creatures of superior intellect. This is both a troubling and a humbling conclusion, and therefore one that is a very tough sell, even to most die-hard sasquatch enthusiasts. As usual, it would be easy to get bogged down in discussion about proving such far-fetched claims. And again, I chose to bypass this discussion and focus instead on the implications of this thought.
The most important logical consequence of assuming that the sasquatch are at least as intelligent as we are is that it implies they must be capable of sophisticated communication, like us. So, how does this communcation work? Is it possible to tap into it? Trying a few things myself and comparing notes with other researchers who are also willing to be branded 'paranormal' or 'delusional' actually renders a pretty consistent little picture.
First of all, it isn't very 'paranormal' to assert in this day and age that the sasquatch definitely posess spoken language. Sasquatch language is a fact. As previously stated, the evidence for this is actually better than the evidence for simple sasquatch existence. Scott Nelson's very scientific analysis of the well-known audio tapes collected by Ron Morehead and Al Berry verifies sasquatch language. The rest of the world can quibble about this for the next decade, but I'm moving on.
I am also satisfied that there are other forms of communication available to the sasquatch. Specifically, some form of telepathy is being used by the sasquatch. It is available to us as well, and has been studied thoroughly by science. It is not uniformly available to all humans so it lacks a measure of scientific verifiablity, but I feel it is naive in this day and age to dismiss telepathy as purely imaginary. In a previous post, I dubbed telepathic communication the 'coconut telegraph.' Jimmy Buffet used that phrase as an album title thirty years ago but he didn't invent the phrase. It references a kind of telepathic communication that is well-known to aboriginal human populations in Australia, South America, and Africa.
How ever flaky the pursuit of such ideas is regarded by mainstream science, it does seem to yield a few interesting messages. I make no claims to success in direct communication with the sasquatch myself, but I know of several people who feel thay have communicated with a sasquatch. Perhaps the most well-know member of the 'researcher community' to make such claims is Kewaunee Lapseritis of Duvall, Washington. Lapseritis claims frequent telepathic contact over a thirty year period. The messages he claims to recieve also have a certain consistency that seems to be borne out by others. Kewaunee tells us that the sasquatch revere the Earth and implore us to do the same. We are told by Kewaunee that the earth is seen by the sasquatch as a jewell of the heavens. We are also told that our survival as a species is inextricably tied to the well-being of our fragile planet.
I have been aware of this whole line of thinking for many years. Unverifiable, as usual, but still, nothing new. What is new, and what actually may support Kewaunee's claims, is an event that happened to me in Oklahoma while attending the sasquatch Honobia festival and symposium in 2009.
On the spur of the moment, I took Randy Harrington up on an offer to take a night-time tour his camera sets in a remote part of the Kiamichi National Forest. The following excerpt from an article, written by Mike Hall, describes the events of this interesting evening. Mike Hall writes:
|A stack of rocks with an empty water bottle |
atop it was found in the jeep trail as we
travelled the forest in the wee hours.
We drove for several miles back into an area where there was a camera trap and bait station the Randy had set up just before the rains had come in, with the film crew to document, and then had to race down as the rains, just poured. ...we wanted to see if the VISUAL / AUDIO bait station was working, all four of us left the trail and walked up the mountain in the dark to check things.....I have to say with giving away anything , it did look really cool, and I'm sure that a Sasquatch would find it very interesting.
|After unstacing a pile of rocks in the middle of the jeep trail,|
a radio lost elsewhere in the woods was uncovered
Now I know that sounds fantastic, But as we rode back to camp, it became clear no one would believe us ...until Thom said to have the camera crew, that was at the conference to film a documentary episode, turn on their cameras before I show Roy the radio and then have Roy confirm that we had indeed found his missing radio.....Then show Roy the pictures that we took and tell how we found it."
AMAZING NIGHT!....that's all I can say....but it continues.
Friday morning the 1st day of the conference, Randy Harrington drove his Polaris up in front of the Conference Center and prepared to set it up to play some music as people are coming into the building....Randy noticed the plastic bag that we had found the night before and was about to just throw it into one of the trash barrels on the grounds, when he noticed there was something in the bag....he reached in and pulled out....one...just one, of the missing pictures from Dave Ganote.
Take from all of that what you will but , I wanted to make sure ....I hunted down the Film Students that Randy had taken up early Thursday Afternoon to that same spot ,before the rains came in and ask them if there had been anything in the jeep road....they confirmed that there had been no structures of any kind on the mountain when they were up there Thursday afternoon, and after they had come down during the storm , all the MABRC folks and Texla were in the Conference Center setting up , Randy and Darren Lee had left to go to Talihina to pick up Thom and Jeff Meldrum in Darren's wife’s Mini Van...and it was after they returned that we all went up on the Mountain....and that the events of the night unfolded. WOW, I'm out of breath just typing all of that."
There's nothing paranormal in Mike Hall's description but it did seem that something mysterious had taken place. It was the considered opinion of Mike Hall and Randy Harrington that there was no simple explanation for how the lost walkie talkie and the lost photograph were moved to the middle of the jeep trail from where they were lost much deeper in the forest. The objects were lost by the crew while travelling to and from well-hidden camera locations. No one else on earth knew where the camera stations were, and how to travel to them. Could it be that the sasquatch (known to be in the area) found the lost objects and moved them to the middle of the jeep trail where the research team would be better able to find them upon their return? There seemed to be no other plausible explanation.
Understand that these researchers are as 'flesh and blood' as any bigfoot researchers you can find, yet the circumstances still led them to the inescapable conclusion that the sasquatch were moving lost posessions around, implying that the sasquatch were much smarter and more observant than they originally supposed.. These implicaitons were rather difficult to for MIke and Randy to accept: The locals sasquatches were letting them know that they (the researchers) were being closely watched while they set up their 'hidden' camera station. It occurred to me later that there also might be another message here. Between the water bottle, the radio, the photograph and the plastic sack, all piled in the middle of the jeep trail, the other message seemed to be something along the lines of, "Pick up your trash!"
This thought was a bit easier for me to accept becasue I had seen something like this before. A similar event happened to a local
Around my own rural home, I sometimes find pieces of litter prominently placed on my travel routes. I travel these routes often and in some cases I happen across items of litter were not there the day before. Like Russ, I feel quite certain that these bits of trash were not left there by the public, since I 'm not travelling on trails. It seemd that these items are being conspicuously placed for my benefit, like the walkie-talkie in
Some people set cameras in the woods in hopes of getting a photo of a sasquatch. Others, like Russ Taylor, just hike and watch and listen and also hope to someday see a sasquatch. Others jog, walk the dog, paint a scene, collect mushrooms, or meditate as a means of projecting an image of peace and harmony that they hope will elicit a sasquatch sighting.
In light of everything I have heard from others and that which I have witnessed myself, I think I know another way to get on the good side of the local sasquatches. As Lapseritis has always said, you're trying to project an image of respect and harmony with the natural world, as the sasquatches themselves advocate. And, maybe the best way to do that is do one of the simplest things you can do. As you walk along in your favorite bit of nature, carry a trash sack and pick up trash.
If there happen to be any sasquatches in that particular woods, they will probably notice what you are doing. I can't guarantee that this will lead to a sighting but based on the pattern I think I'm seeing, picking up litter in the woods is a great way to get on their good side.