Tuesday, January 13, 2009

CREATURES SEEN by Seven-Year-Old Girl!!!

Second grader, Denali Brown, of Willow Creek has reported several cryptic encounters in the last few weeks, including Bigfoot, Aliens, and a river creature much like the Loch Ness Monster. We quote:

"Loch ness monster seen at river behind fresh produce farm. 7 year old girl saw back of Loch ness monster. Mysterious orange-ish yellow glowing man seen at Steve Streufert’s house. Big foot seen twice ." The caption of this drawing, of a sasquatch seen moving behind a firewood pile in the yard, reads "Bigfoot seen..., or just a dream."

Other strange sightings have occured, as follow.

A mysterious orange-ish glowing man (an alien?) was seen outside the cabin.

A Loch Ness Monster type of creature (Kamoss, the Hupa people's river serpent?) was seen in a dorsal view, back moving above the water, on the Trinity River down behind Trinity Valley Farms off Highway 96.

And then there was this interesting alien character....

About a year ago she saw a brown solid orb flying through the air over the ridge south of the Patriot Gas station in downtown Willow Creek. She claims it was not a rock, airplane, balloon nor meteor. Her father did not see this one, but a few years back he and a number of friends did see a similar white orb moving across the valley south of Mt. Shasta while sitting up on the summit area of Castle Crags.

These sightings prove that the strange and paranormal are alive and well in the Willow Creek, CA area, or at least in the imagination and dreams and unprejudiced mind of a young kid. Her dad didn't see them, but how easily can we dismiss these things? Maybe her dad is just a "gr'up"? Grownups DO need to open their minds to the mysterious and miraculous beyond normal, socially and culturally limited perception.

Oh, and let us not forget the "Mysterious Invisible Life Guard Guy," spotted along the Trinity River.

All Drawings Done by DENALI BROWN, 2008.

Friday, January 9, 2009

BIGFOOT'S bLOG Blogged by Cultural Elite!

High-brow blogger JZOG recently blogged our blog on his CORKSCREW, at http://mekonista.blogspot.com/ , the story here: http://mekonista.blogspot.com/2008/12/bigfoots-blog-my-friend-steve.html .

He also did an expose on the shop a while back, with some photos of the BIGFOOT BOOKS store in a much more organized, earlier state. Find Feb. 28, 2006 here: http://mekonista.blogspot.com/2006_02_26_archive.html

Blogger JZOG also reveals here his cryptic connections with the mysterious Church of Bigfoot, Scientist (at least as their artistic spokesman). One of Bigfoot's revolutionary missives bearing a JZOG image may be found in printable and site-editable state here: http://users.gotsky.com/s_streufert/flyer.htm . The text of the Message...
Attention Humans of Arcata!
As I sit here meditating high atop the giant ancient redwood that I call The Big Kahuna, my thoughts turn to the lame pretenders to my mode of true wildness here in Arcata. (Not all tree sitters have cute hippie names and a P.R. machine--on the other hand you'll get no annoying new age homilies from me either). My righteous beastly rage has been choked back long enough, and its time that a few things were made clear. My anger this time is not directed at what might be expected my natural enemies-the clear cutting megacorps that threaten my (and by extension all) existence. Yes the Maxxams of the world deserve our bitter scorn. But there are other more subtle enemies closer to home. My annoyance is directed at the ragamuffin dreadlocked white people that threaten to turn true wildness and resistance into a lifestyle cliché. These people dilute the impact of my actual mission to convince mankind that they're on the road to complete collapse. Stupid, silly and stoned is not a revolutionary stance, and those that would truly follow the Bigfoot path of restraining rogue capitalism must prove themselves worthy. (Please can the lame folk music too-Bigfoot is strictly a bebop man). As that great philosopher Kermit the Frog once sang, "it's not easy to be green." Especially when some of your fellow greens are half conscious knee jerk trustafarians who try to cop my unique style with not nearly the panache with which I carry myself. Hairiness and the reek of patchouli are no match for the authentic virile musky presence of yours truly. I am the ORIGINAL WILDMAN-accept no substitutes. Those who would deign to follow in my footsteps without my soulful intensity and intelligence beware of my terrible wrath!!! You have been warned,
Bigfoot (the creature formerly known as Rugaru)

Book Sale Leads to Discovery of Sasquatch in Switzerland

Following a customer's purchase of David Paulides' fine, recent book, "The Hoopa Project: Bigfoot Encounters in California" (review coming soon!), BIGFOOT BOOKS discovered that there IS a sort of Bigfoot activity in Switzerland. The interesting German language-based blog Sasquat.ch - Sasquatch, Bigfoot und Kryptozoologie, http://www.heuvelmans.blogspot.com/, posted statements made by the proprietor of the store. Hence we now have proof that Sasquatch is still active on all the continents of the globe, save perhaps Antarctica.


'"Das Ding ist noch immer da"
Willow Creek bleibt Bigfoot-Hotspot

Gerade bestellte ich bei Steven Streufert, einem Buchhändler im kalifornischen Willow Creek, das Buch "The Hoopa Project" von David Paulides. Willow Creek gilt als Heimatstadt von Bigfoot: In den 50er-Jahren startete dort der Hype, 1967 trottete wenige Kilometer entfernt ein vermeintlicher Bigfoot vor die Linse von Roger Patterson, und bis heute werden aus der Umgebung des Kaffs Sichtungen gemeldet. Deshalb fragte ich Streufert, wie denn die Lage momentan sei.

"Here at the shop I hear about BF activity all the time, and yes, it is quite frequently very convincing. There's a regular crowd of researchers and BF hunters who keep me abreast of their current exploits; and once in a while I join them up on Bluff Creek. Suffice it to say, the thing has not gone away, despite what one hears in the media and all the sorry hoaxes."

Er höre dauernd von Bigfoot-Sichtungen und einige der Geschichten seien schon sehr überzeugend, meint Streufert. Er werde von den Bigfoot-Jägern auf dem Laufenden gehalten, manchmal begleite er diese auch zum Bluff Creek hinauf (dort, wo der Patterson-Film entstand). "Das Ding ist noch immer da", schlussfolgert er.

Ein Review des Buches folgt, sobald ich es gelesen habe.'

Need a translation? Roughly, according to Google:

"The thing is still there Especially when I ordered Steven Streufert, a bookseller in California.
Willow Creek, das Buch "The Hoopa Project" von David Paulides. Willow Creek is regarded as the home town of Bigfoot: In the 50 years it has started the hype, 1967 trotted a few miles away have no perceived Bigfoot front of the lens by Roger Patterson, and until today, from the vicinity of the Kaffs sightings reported. That's why I asked Streufert how the situation currently is.... He constantly hears of bigfoot sightings, and some of the stories were very convincing, Streufert says. He will of the Bigfoot-hunters to be kept, he sometimes accompany them up to Bluff Creek (where the Patterson film was made). "The thing is still there," he concludes.
Contact with them may be made via: sasquatchresearch@gmail.com

http://www.nabigfootsearch.com/home.htmlWe at BIGFOOT BOOKS thank Mr. Paulides and Harvey Pratt, as well, for their fine book, one that confirms what we hear reported constantly here at the shop: Bigfoot Lives! Also check out the NABS' Bigfoot Sightings Map, a nice supplement to your required US Forest Service Six Rivers National Forest Atlas topos.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Church of Bigfoot, Scientist

The Church of Bigfoot, Scientist

The Archival Web Site. Visit the temple here:


Back in the end times of the last century a church was born. In the spirit of Sasquatch, the acolytes were anarchistic advocates of The Wild. During the brief few years before they disintegrated back into their dens, the Church was known to howl in the woods at night and to hang posters bearing the holy image and Word of Bigfoot's Revolutionary Message on telephone poles around Arcata. This website may be the last remains of the Church; though some have said that some of the rock throwing and wood knocking often experienced around Humboldt County is being done by these crazy wildmen.

HOLY ICON credit: copyright Jay Herzog, 1998

Ape Canyon by Jon Olsen, brief film review; plus Zombies of Eureka Update

Some months ago Humboldt County filmmaker Jon Olsen visited Bigfoot Books. He is the maker of the fabulously silly b-movie, APE CANYON, about love, sex and death in the Wild. The film is highly amusing; but serious researchers of Bigfoot might want to take my brief review of his film, below, with a grain of salt lick.
Price: $16.99; on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/APE-CANYON/dp/B0007CQ528/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Bigfoot: North America's Greatest Lover!, March 31, 2008

This is a work of pure comic genius. It is backed by extensive research into the more extreme aspects of the Sasquatch in popular culture, substantiated by Native American lore centuries old. Yes, there is a history of inter-species hominid communality. The soundtrack music constitutes a masterfully applied parody, moving from love-comedy, through pornography, to tragedy. Though made on an obviously low budget, that is part of the point--this film is a satire of human romantic motivation as much as it is of the b-movie bigfoot monster genre. If you meet the filmmaker he will probably give you a promotional t-shirt, which is even cooler than the film. Its climactic ending made me weep.

UPDATE!!! (Feb. 24, 2010)
There's more to Humboldt County than Bigfoot and marijuana. In ZOMBIES OF EUREKA Jon Olsen searches for another cryptid "life" form. View this suite of zombie-themed music videos he did for local area alternative bands here:

On the Road to Bluff Creek (Bigfoot Story, 40th Anniversary of the Patterson-Gimlin Film)

On the Road to Bluff Creek

With the faithful on the Sasquatch Stations of the Cross

Story and photo by Steven Streufert
(Originally published 11/07)

Conference presenter Daniel Perez critiques the Fortean Times magazine.

"Roger and Bob rode out that day/Their lives changed in every way/So did ours 'cause we got to see/A living Bigfoot, walking tall and free," sang Tom Yamarone, belting out the verses of one of his Bigfoot folk-historical ballads. Yamarone's lyrics rang true inside the Willow Creek VFW Hall a couple of weekends ago, where 50 or so members of the Sasquatch community gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the fabled "Patterson-Gimlin film." The film, shot by the "Roger and Bob" of Yamarone's song, is the most solid Bigfoot evidence ever presented. (See "Bigfoot Trapped By Norcal Fanatic!" Oct. 18.)

Believers from near and far made the pilgrimage on Oct. 20 — first to Willow Creek, and then out to the remote site where the film was shot, there to pay their respects to the historic event and to share the latest research.
A shimmer of possibility filled the VFW Hall. Bigfooting, it seems, is as much about the community of 'Squatchers as it is about the Giant Hairy Ape itself.

Something had changed these folks who, despite otherwise ordinary lives, were ready to pursue to the ends of the Earth a creature most consider a phantasm. Curiosity and the spirit of rational inquiry were readily apparent, noted in thorough documentation covering the walls. Noting no sign of lunacy, it occurred to me that the crazy ones were the journalists sitting in their barren offices cranking out the same old dismissals.

Daniel Perez, authority on logistics of the making of the Patterson-Gimlin film, argued that the subject could not have been faked. That muscle mass moving with each huge stride, the height and inhuman proportions — could that have been produced with padding and fake fur? The strides through the film site of a 6'4" man reveal his tiny homo sapiens form beside a creature that could smash him with one stomp. ("If the suit doesn't fit, he must exist.")

No one has been able to replicate the film, even with a $75,000 BBC budget. Perez presented a 16mm Kodak Cine-100 home movie camera, the model that Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin used. I felt its awkward bulk and saw the creature on the projection screen through its tiny, dim viewfinder. How anything was captured by this camera with its tiny 16 mm cartridge is miracle enough.

Legendary Al Hodgson, for decades the operator of the general store, also spoke. He was a contact not only for the Patterson-Gimlin film but also the 1958 activity in the area, when tractor driver Jerry Crew brought giant footprint casts down from the Bluff Creek road construction zone and made front page news in the Times-Standard and papers globally. This was the birth of "Bigfoot" as a media phenomenon. Presenting the recent North Coast Journal with its cover's tabloid parody, Hodgson said: "You may have seen this — don't like it." Chuckles and groans emerged. Bigfoot was not a joke to this crowd.

Hodgson presented tales told to him by locals, without even a hint of the tall tale in the telling from this 83-year-old church-going business and family man. Of one of his informants, Al said, "He is not lying — know him too well." Hodgson saw sightings as ordinary. The Sasquatch is a consistently documented though elusive primate, the origin of old frontier tales and centuries-old Native cultural representations. Without seeking it out, people see it, hear its howls and vocalizations, find footprints or feel its wild, cunning eyes gazing from hillsides that could hide just about anything.

Cliff Barackman spoke lovingly of his "foot fetish," with evidence that footprints found in 1958 appear to have been made by the same individual in the 1967 film (as confirmed by Idaho State anatomist and physical anthropologist Jeff Meldrum). Scott McClean traced the history of newspaper reporting going back to the 1840s, predating the birth of hoaxer claimants like Bluff Creek road contractor Ray Wallace by nearly a century. David Murphy outlined the biography of Roger Patterson — author, filmmaker, cowboy, acrobat and inventor. Humboldt's James "Bobo" Fay completed the round with tales of early 1940s Bluff Creek bigfooter Irwin Supple. The event concluded with a convivial champagne toast to Roger and Bob. Then plans for a convoy into the mysterious hills to the north were made.

The miles upon miles of real wilderness in the Six Rivers National Forest, accessed by hellish boulder-strewn and mud-laden dirt roads to the middle of nowhere, embody the wild mystery. The high-speed night trip led by Bobo, who seems to treat these mountains like his local neighborhood, was a soul-wrenching experience in itself. My little VW started bottom-grinding in thick snow at about 4,000 feet. After two hours of nasty tree-dodging, slippery hell, we crossed the 1958 bridge and entered Louse Camp, down on Bluff Creek. This was a place of history, where the 1959-1962 Pacific Northwest Expedition had set up digs. Bustling with activity and a roaring campfire, a keg of Bluff Creek Ale (note the Bigfoot on the label) was already tapped. A call-blasting speaker system and high-tech thermal imaging gear was out.

Later I walked with Bobo down the road illuminated by the white thermal viewer's glow as we sought forms in the dark. His group had seen Sasquatch activity in the last few months just a few yards away. With sentries staked out in turns on the hillside, the campfire devolved into folk songs and Bigfoot tales. I was up until 4 a.m. discussing the paranormal and psychic aspects of the phenomenon, multi-dimensionality and string theory with sometime paranormalist author and field researcher Thom Powell. A schoolteacher and logical man, he brought up Occam's Razor — the idea that the simplest answer is often the best one. Actually, the existence of a Bigfoot creature explains it all with more facility than hoaxing or hallucination.

The next day, descending about 2,000 near-vertical feet to the creek below, we made our way to the film site. Soon we found ourselves gazing upon what looked like footprints only 30 yards from our vehicles. Stunned, I immediately felt the energy of conversion starting to overcome me. One print in shallow moss and mud measured 22 inches. Toe shapes were visible. Preceding this in a patch of moss was another browned and deadened area, foot-shaped. The step between them was six feet, about double that of the average human.
Researcher Scott McClean calmly got out his ruler and measured the particulars, took a quick photo, and moved on. I stood stunned. Could it be real? It's inconclusive, he said; a "blobsquatch," is all. That's just squatch-on-the-brain, he said. What we need is real, provable evidence.

With the Weekly World News defunct, can Bigfoot at last roam freely into our unbiased awareness? There is more evidence for Sasquatch, tangible and scientific, than there is for God, the Devil, reincarnation or the soul. One doesn't catch fleeting glimpses of Babe the Blue Ox. Sasquatchers are in search of the last mystery of the wild American land, the living embodiment of the fact that humans are not the central meaning of the earth, nor in complete knowledge or domination of it.

Asking about my angle on this story, McClean said, "Just don't use that word, 'believe.'" It is not, he said, a matter of faith, but of fact — it is out there. Hoaxes and hallucinations do occur, but the time has come for us to consider that perhaps there is more to the natural world than dreamed of in our philosophies. These guys are living it.

Originally published in Humboldt County's NORTH COAST JOURNAL, November 1, 2007.

Full disclosure — Steven Streufert is the owner of Willow Creek's Bigfoot Books.
Photo: Bigfoot historian Scott McClean and the Author on the Notice Creek Bridge, constructed in 1958 by Jerry Crew and crew. Just up from Louse Camp on Bluff Creek. Courtesy of Tom Yamarone; find him at: