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spring 2012

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Sasquatch Community
spring 2012
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Boscagian Stare

Boscagian Stare
by: Bill Rogers

The Sasquatch Community

by: Bill Rogers



Although I had heard about Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot) for years and delighted in television shows and books about him from about 3rd grade on, I had never actually realized that there was such a huge underground for this ape-like cryptid. Having stumbled onto some videos and articles in 2015 I soon learned that there was a whole world having to do with the topic of sasquatch online. I already knew there was a kind of urban legend about an undiscovered creature, usually thought of as primate, often a great ape closely related to humans. I already knew about native American claims of such a creature which were ubiquitous and similar in details. What I hadn't known is that there was a world of those claiming to go out and search for the creature, apart from one or two missions I'd heard about on television. The internet revealed not only a community of hunters, but also seekers (who did not want to bag a body), habituators (those living along side and interacting with possible sasquatch) and just plain fans of Bigfoot. Some of these people believe sasquatch is an animal, a giant ape. Others believe that it is more closely aligned to a type of human. Still others claim that this hairy giant reported to stalk to forests of most of the world is an alien being. Other still, a creature that is paranormal in origin. For my part I don't know if such a creature actually exists. I also don't know what it is, an animal, a type of hominin, an alien or some supernatural being. All I know for sure is that the consistency of reported sightings and encounters lends at least some credibility to this topic. So many reports from such a variety of people. People from both urban and rural spaces, people from varying economic backgrounds, with varying careers and personal belief systems. And yet all of them mapping out consistent behaviors, right down to specifics. This little journal entry is not a place for me to unpack all of the accounts I've heard. But just to mention that the consistency and similarity of pattern was enough to gain my respect and at least hear those stories out. I personally feel that there is something behind these peoples' stories. I don't insult them by assuming that we can chalk all sightings or encounters up to hoaxers or, as is often claimed by skeptics, bears. Often the people who claim sightings or events are people who are well versed in what animals live near them and would not confuse a bear with some other creature. I want to close out this part by saying that these people and their stories have shown me a side of the world I hadn't been aware of prior. I respect them and I believe them for the most part. Sure there are probably some cases that can easily be explained to be something other than a sasquatch, but that doesn't rule out the vast number of them. And these are only reported cases I'm talking about. Many people do not come forward with their encounter stories for fear of ridicule and fear of how such knowledge might affect their standing in their communities and their job security.

Another thing I learned about the sasquatch community is that it attracts various kinds of people. Some of these people share various perspectives about what they are learning and they often contribute and share videos, interviews, articles and social networking posts about what they are finding. There is a kindness and camaraderie in the community if one sticks around long enough with a generous spirit and gets to know who is in there. I'm not naming names here since I don't want to promote any specific person in the community. However, for ever nice group of folks getting along there are always a few strong egos that see themselves as some sort of paragon in the community. Such people often push others down in an attempt to promote themselves, their own message and their own efforts. Sadly, such people could be working hand in hand with others just like them and doubling the fun. Instead they tend toward an us/them model of relating which basically sees themselves as the arbiters of truth in all things sasquatch. I'll stick with the friendly crowd, and there are lots of them.

Lastly, the sasquatch enthusiast need not be a true believer in sasquatch. Whether or not sasquatch is ever officially discovered and recognized by the public at large is not a requirement for being interested in the topic. One does not have to believe the sasquatch is an animal, person, alien or paranormal entity. One doesn't need to be a researcher or a hunter to be a fan. There is no need for someone who goes into the woods and searches for the elusive creature to dog someone who enjoys sitting at home and watching videos or reading books about the same creature. They are each approaching their interest in their own ways. There is no need to prove your sasquatch authenticity to enjoy this topic.

I don't have much more to say other than I'm so glad I discovered this community in 2015 and now three years later I'm still very much enjoying being a part in my own way.
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