BIGFOOT’SPROOF OF EXISTENCE IN THE 21STCENTURY
Sasquatchalso is known as Bigfoot, is an ape-like giant animal that isbelieved to roam the Northwest Pacific. The existence of the creaturehas never been confirmed. However, there has been various types ofevidence that strongly indicate Bigfoot’s existence, despitevarious arguments and theories about its presence continuing to comeup every day especially towards the end of the 20th century(Bigfoot). The creature has been sighted all the over the UnitedStates, with the Northwest being the region where most of thesighting have been reported. It has been around for about half acentury and its existence has had its fair share of legends of wildmen and native myths supporting its existence. Bigfoot is regardedwith great respect in the Northwest and especially by people of theIndian origin. Theyview Bigfoot as a special kind of creature based on his relativelyclose relationship to humans. The essay discusses the existence ofBigfoot based on eyewitness accounts, physical evidence as well asaudio evidence, which strongly supports its presence.Theexistence of Bigfoot is largely based on eyewitness accounts, withreports of the creature’s sighting being reported on numerousoccasions. As one researcher observed, “Over the course of time,bigfoot researchers meet enough eyewitnesses to realize there areindeed many, many eyewitnesses across the continent who are indeedvery credible. Often there are multiple witnesses to a given sightingor encounter (Highpine). The sightings have been made by normalpeople as well as experts, hence the main reason its presencecontinues to create a lot of interest. An image by Rob Gimlin andRoger Patterson in 1967 in their short film, remains one of the mostfamous Bigfoot images on record (Radford). The image of a man-shapedfigure strolling through the wild in Bluff Creek is one of the mostreliable evidence that continues to support Bigfoot’s existence(Bigfoot). The images are often ignored as proof mainly because oftheir low quality, in spite of it being a clear sighting of Bigfoot.Despite the image being taken in the uncontrolled setting, byuntrained and uninterested observers, this image greatly influencesthe belief that the animal still exists.Anothereyewitness account is by Gary Samuels, whose eyewitness evidence wasnarrated by Coleman in one of his passage that was reflecting oneyewitness testimonies made by experts. Gary was a scientist whoreportedly made a brief observation of the large creature in theforest of Guyana. He was able to add to the already existingeyewitness accounts of the animal’s existence by recalling andaccurately reporting his experience. Despite not being an expert inidentifying Bigfoot, his evidence can be relied on by experts owingto his scientific background and belief that he tried to meet thescientific requirements of reporting when presenting his eyewitnessaccount (Highpine). His evidence became another blow to the criticsof this animal’s presence and continues to strengthen our belief inits existence.Physicalevidence available on Bigfoot is another reason to believe the animalexists. This type of evidence is more reliable than sightings as itindicates the actual physical presence of the creature that left theevidence. The animal’s name originated from the size of itfootprints, hence the tracks are some of the known physical evidencethat supports the animal’s existence. John Green has documentedmost the track evidence on the Bigfoot, and by 1980 he claimed therehad been over 200 cases of footprint evidence on the animal fromNorthern California (Radford). The late John Napier tried to use thefootprints to estimate the stature of the animal leaving the tracks(Highpine). Footprints therefore even further strengthen the beliefthat Bigfoot still exist in deep woods.Themost significant physical evidence in the last two decades is thebody print finding made by a team of investigators in the year 2000(Radford). The Bigfoot Field Research Organization planned for anexpedition. It was led by a team of investigators whose main missionwas to find physical evidence of the creature in Mt. Adams located inWashington State. The team reported that the animal made the bodyprint as it tried to reach for some bait without leaving its printsas is quoted, “One explanation is immediately the animal did notwant to leave tracks.” (Highpine) The creature therefore laid onits side to get to the bait thus leaving one of the most significantevidence to date on its existence.Folkloricaccounts have always supported the existence of Bigfoot, and theeyewitness, as well as physical evidence, just serve to proof oftheir existence. Bigfoot has been viewed as a human relative andhence treated as a bigger brother all through the Native NorthAmerica. As one Oglala Lakota Medicine man is quoted saying, "Thereis your Big man standing there, ever waiting, ever present, like thecoming of a new day," in reference to Bigfoot (Highpine). Hisfearsomeness is believed to mainly be influenced by his closeness topeople. The eastern Algonkian tribes perceive Bigfoot as anincarnation of the cannibalistic monster who transformed from humanby consuming human flesh when they were hit by starvation (Radford).They believed Bigfoot’s existence was a constant warning to themnot to turn to man eaters in times of hunger, as this would lead to acurse and eventually destruction of their community.TheNative Americans, who are mainly the Indians have always believed inthe existence of Bigfoot (Dockett). They view the creature as one oftheir close relative who has the ability to elude the efforts ofhumans to capture them, making an appearance when it deems as theright and safest time. The existence of Bigfoot is continuouslysupported by the various communities having their own narration theexistence of this creature. GroverKrantz states that “The usual fate of these items is that theyeither receive no scientific study or else the documentation of thatstudy is either lost or unobtainable.” This can be one of the mainreasons that the existence and the evidence of Bigfoot`s presence arenot well recorded. However, this does not mean that the creature doesnot exist. The eyewitness accounts, physical evidence ranging fromfootprints, body paint, hair and blood samples as well as thefolkloric accounts of its existence cannot be ignored. They greatlysupport the presence of animal and it is also one of the main reasonsI believe the animals is still in woods and with dedicatedinvestigators and proper documentation, the creature can be found.References
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