Over time and after hundreds of alleged encounters a question arises, “Is there more to Sasquatch than just flesh and bone?” For centuries Sasquatch, Bigfoot and Paranormal Researchers have been asking themselves that very question. Whenever an alleged Sasquatch encounter takes place, and it just vanishes without a trace, researchers wonder why, if it is real, how could it just vanish. Skeptics and non-believers use that very question to try to prove their point that Sasquatch is only a myth and does not exist. Another question that Sasquatch and paranormal investigators ask themselves when they find alleged Bigfoot tracks, “Why do the tracks go so far, just stop, and go nowhere?”
Barry Webster Bigfoot Paranormal Interview (Photo and audio by Thomas Halek)
Stan Gordon, a Sasquatch and paranormal investigator, in an interview, “The Amazing Sasquatch UFO Connection,” on Before It’s News, stated, “Bigfoot phenomena was much more unusual and complicated than I could have ever imagined.” He also went on to say, “Many reports of UFOs, Bigfoot, and other phenomena could be explained as misidentifications of natural or man made objects, there were strange encounters being reported yearly that were not so easily dismissed.”
In an interview with Mike Paterson, a Sasquatch investigator from Canada, he talked about how in the winter he would find tracks, follow them only to see them stop and go no further and wonder how could that be possible.
In “Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture” author’s Christopher Bader, F. Carson Mencken, and Joseph O. Baker, focus on people who believe in Bigfoot and the paranormal and how it has shaped their lives. This book presents a different view of the Bigfoot, UFO phenomena.
On February 16 and 17, 2016, the subject of Bigfoot and its possible paranormal link will be taken to a new level when Rez Squatching Research, led by Barry Webster on the Omaha Indian Reservation in Macy Nebraska, will be conducting night investigations in pursuit of alleged Bigfoot, to explore the possibility. Stay tuned for future publications on the night investigations on this website.
Happy Holidays to all my viewers, returning and new. May the new year bring many exciting new adventures with lots of new stories. Thank you for joining me on my quest into the bizarre and unexplained, and my reflections on stories happening in everyday life. In the new year there will be lots of new adventures to report on, so say tuned.
Cheers – Thomas Halek
Rez Squatching Research
Rez Squatching Research is a group of Native Americans from the Omaha Indian Tribe located on the Omaha Indian Reservation in Nebraska. The group is dedicated to the scientific research of collecting evidence with the hope of help proving the existence of Bigfoot. Barry Webster, an Omaha Native American Bigfoot researcher, founded the group in 2010. The other members of the group are Barry’s brother Derek Webster, nephew Elvis Freemont, and niece Jane Parker.
Bigfoot’s Possible Existence
The question of Bigfoot’s possible existence is a controversial topic. In an article by Eric Bailey in the Los Angeles Times dated April 21, 2003, wrote George Schaller, a pioneer in gorilla research, and director of international science for the Wildlife Conservation Society, a Bigfoot skeptic said the giant ape cannot be dismissed as fantasy or folklore without a thorough scientific inquiry. Schaller also said that finding the animal “would reshape our thinking of the status of humans on the Earth. People write it off as a hoax or myth. I don’t think that’s fair.” On Friday, September 27, 2002, on a talk show, NPR Talk of the Nation: Science Friday, Dr. Jane Goodall commented that large undiscovered primates such as Yeti or Sasquatch do exist.
2015 Rez Squatching Research Expedition
In 2015, on July 8 thru July 12, Rez Squatching Research held their annual Bigfoot expedition on the Omaha Indian Reservation.
During the five days, there were night and day investigations. There were presentations by Bigfoot researcher Richard Soule on stick structures, and the European Contagion Theory.
Jane Parker conducts a demonstration showing a technique for footprint casting.
There was also a demonstration by members of the SRA (Sasquatch Research Association) located in Minnesota, on using drones for locating possible Bigfoot sightings by air.
Jane Parker also performed a traditional Native American dance.
2016 Spring Rez Squatching Research Expedition
The 2016 Spring Rez Squatching Research Bigfoot expedition will take place in April of 2016. In addition to night and day investigations, there will be presentations by leading Bigfoot researchers on theory, investigative techniques, and Native American Bigfoot folklore. The names of the presenters for the spring expedition will be announced as soon as commitments finalize.
Spring Expedition Signup Information
The spring expedition promises to be an extraordinary experience. Get your inquiries in now, spaces are limited, and April will be coming up fast. Email Barry Webster at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Rez Squatching Research group page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/756856621041574/.
Oath of Allegiance Audio by Thomas Halek
On October 8, 2015, at 10:00, 195 immigrants from all over the world met at the Mitchell/Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota where Chief Judge John R. Tunheim, United States District Court swore them in as U.S. citizens fulfilling their American Dream. Today, the American dream of every immigrant in the U.S. is one day becoming a citizen of the United States.
Citizenship Candidates Photo by Thomas Halek
Many immigrants come from war-torn, poverty-stricken, and illiterate parts of the world. To have the opportunity to come to the United States and become U.S. citizens is a major life change that will affect you, your children, and your family for generations.
United States Citizen
The benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen are incredible. The benefits are so incredible that most people who were born citizens in the U.S. do not realize it and take them for granted. However, the road to becoming a citizen is a long and difficult one. In the introduction of the article, Mistaking U.S. Citizenship, it states, the value of citizenship is strong, and the law penalizes anyone falsely claiming citizenship or the benefits from being a citizen. The most important benefit of becoming a U.S. citizen is freedom. In an article, The American Melting Pot Is a Rich Stew, Martin Cuadra, a young Nicaragua man in Miami stated, “The United States is a place where your dreams can come true. I value the opportunity to live in a free country and, yes, make money, but money is not more important than freedom.”
In an article, THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD, John M. Sanderson describes the first necessary steps. You must spend at least six months a year in the U.S. and reside in a USCIS district before filing an application. You must be able to read, write, speak English, and have an understanding of U.S. history and government.
With the benefits of U.S. citizenship, you gain the right to vote and are eligible to sponsor your immediate relatives for U.S. Legal Permanent Residence. You may possess a U.S. passport with protection from deportation. You also become eligible for a wide range of benefits and assistance programs from the U.S. government including Social Security and Medicare.
It is time to be proud, strong, take action, and pursue the American Dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. Go to USCIS at http://www.uscis.gov/uscis-elis to learn more and get the process rolling.
Bigfoot Night Investigation Omaha Reservation, Macy Nebraska Video by Thomas Halek
On Wednesday, July 8 to July 12, 2015, on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska, a 5-day and night Bigfoot investigation took place. Barry Webster, an Omaha Native American Bigfoot researcher, and three members of his team led the investigation. His team members include his brother Derek Webster, his nephew Elvis Freemont, and niece Jane Parker. Webster is the founder and leader of Rez Squatching Tours, located on the Omaha Reservation in Macy, Nebraska.
The Omaha tribe originated as a larger woodland tribe made up of the Omaha and Quapaw. They settled in an area by the Ohio and Wabash rivers near where Cincinnati, Ohio is today. While the tribe migrated west, it split into two tribes, Omaha and Quapaw. The Omaha tribe settled near the Missouri river, but conflict with the Sioux forced them to relocate in an area around Bow Creek, Nebraska. In 1780, the Omaha tribe had about 3,000 members, however by 1802, scourged by sickness and welfare were down to about 300. In 1830 and 1836, the Omaha tribe joined other tribes in treaties with the U.S. Government. In a treaty on March 16, 1854, they ceded all their lands west of the Missouri River, south of a line bearing due west from where the Iowa River leaves the bluffs. The lands north of this area were turned into the Omaha Reservation. The tribe today has approximately 5,000 members with about 3,000 living on the Omaha Reservation at Macy, Nebraska.
Webster and his team have been actively researching Bigfoot encounters on the Omaha Reservation for several years. Native American Folklore regarding Bigfoot goes back to the beginning of time. Native Americans have been taught to respect Bigfoot and not do them any harm. In the video, you can hear Webster and his team call out to Bigfoot in English and their Native American dialect with respect and compassion.
The video takes place around midnight, the first night, July 8, 2015. At the edge of an alfalfa field Webster and his team slowly walk into the woods and advance about 80 yards past an abandoned old house, stop by a tree structure and Webster and his team member talk to Bigfoot. At 1:56 till 2:06 into the video you can see eye glow flashes moving from left to right across the screen. At various points in the video, you can hear wood knocks and more wood knocks with possible movement in the dark. A candy bar was left as a gift and while leaving the forest the distinct noise of the candy bar wrapper being handled could be heard. Unfortunately, the camera had been turned off at that point, and it did not record the sound. The next morning the site was photographed and also the candy bar that had been sampled and set back down on the log in the opposite direction it had originally been placed. Two distinct Bigfoot prints were seen next to the log, one juvenile print, and one adult print.
Photos that were taken the next day after the night investigation:
Entrance into the woods Photo by Thomas Halek
Barry Webster approaching abandoned house Photo by Thomas Halek
Abandoned House Photo by Thomas Halek
Surrounding Woods Photo by Thomas Halek
Barry Webster studying tree structure Photo by Thomas Halek
Tree Structure Photo by Thomas Halek
Candy bar next morning after night investigation Photo by Thomas Halek
Juvenile Bigfoot print next to log by candy bar Photo by Thomas Halek
Adult Bigfoot print close to log where the candy bar sat Photo by Thomas Halek
European Contagion Theory Video by Thomas Halek
Native American cave drawings and folklore legends show that Native Americans lived side by side at one time. Richard Soule, author and producer of The Nox Gigas Study, has come up with the European Contagion Theory. A theory that the diseases brought by Europeans not only decimated the Native American population but the Bigfoot population as well. Soule, in his study, has concluded that because Bigfoot and Native Americans lived side by side, Bigfoot, exposed to the diseases as well, perished with them. Soule shows map evidence of Giants and will be at a Bigfoot Conference on October 24, 2015.
In the sixteenth century, Europeans immigrated to the North American Continent. They brought with them disease, the Black Death, that would help devastate the Native American population and wipe out entire villages. In an article, “Black Death: The Greatest Catastrophe,” (published in History Today, Volume 55, Issue 3, March 2005) author and historian Ole J. Benedictow describes in detail how in the 14th century, the Black Death killed 50 million people or 60 percent of Europe’s population. Diseases such as smallpox spread among the immune defenseless Native Americans before encountering Europeans.
In an article on Examiner.com, “Apocalyptic, a mysterious plague killed millions of Native Americans,” by Richard Thornton, describes how in 1500 a smallpox epidemic, which was started, by one of Christopher Columbus’s crew, a carrier of the disease killed millions. The disease appeared in Cuba immediately after Columbus’s second voyage and from Chontal Mayan merchants who sailed between Yucatan and Cuba spread it. Mayan merchants spread the first plague to hit North America. Thornton goes on to say that in 1513 when the first Spanish explorers landed on the coast of the Southeastern United States, a plague had already killed many of the native villages along the coast. They reported abandoned villages with skeletons scattered all over.
In an article, Ker Than, a writer for National Geographic News wrote, “Massive Population Drop Found for Native Americans, DNA Shows following European contact about 500 years ago, according to a new study.” Than reported that the study results supports the historical accounts that Europeans launched a deluge of disease that had horrific results across America. The researchers using samples of modern and ancient mitochondrial DNA calculated a demographic history for Native Americans. In conclusion, based on the data, the research estimated Native American population all-time high 5,000 years ago and all time low at 500 years ago. The all-time low reached a few years after Christopher Columbus reached the New World.
Loren Coleman, one of the world’s leading Cryptozoologist, was born on July 12, 1947. Coleman has been researching and investigating in the field cryptozoological evidence of Bigfoot and folklore for over 40 years. He has written 17 books and over three hundred articles, lectured across North America and London, and appeared on many radio and television programs. Coleman has been a consultant both on and off-camera on several reality-based programs. The programs include A & E’s “Ancient Mysteries,” Discovery Channel’s “In the Unknown,” and History Channel’s “In Search of History.” In 2003, Coleman founded the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.
At the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s undergraduate program, Coleman majored in anthropology, minored in zoology, and did summer work in archeology. At Simmons College in Boston, he earned a graduate degree in psychiatric social work. Coleman pursued doctoral courses in social anthropology at Brandies University, and in sociology at the University of New Hampshire’s Family Research Laboratory.
Since 1980, Coleman has been an instructor, assistant/associate professor, research associate, and documentary filmmaker. At the University of Southern Maine, in 1990, he taught one of the first credit courses on cryptozoology. Coleman has authored, coauthored, or edited books in human services including the critically acclaimed “Suicide Clusters.”
Coleman has received many book awards. In 1999, he received the Anomalist Award for “Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature” who he co-authored with Jerome Clark.
Loren Coleman on Social Media Websites
On Twitter, @romiteransito tweeted, “Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology by Loren Coleman.” Also, @mitziflyte tweeted, “The best site for #cryptids. Loren Coleman, one of the founders, was invited to the NY Museum of Natural History to speak.”
On Facebook, Chasing Legends at Shooting Star Casino & Event Center posted, “Just met Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, such a nice guy!” Also, Midwest Paranormal Files with Brian Halstensgaard and Loren Coleman posted, “Only at #ParaCon2015#awkwardddfamilyphoto with Loren Coleman!”
On Google Plus, Jacob Leverson posted, “Loren Coleman to Speak in Pittsburgh, PA November 14 John Venture.” Also, Area51.Org posted, “Tour of Loren Coleman’s #Cryptozoology Museum. #Bigfoot! Loren Coleman.”
On LinkedIn, Loren Coleman, Director at International Cryptozoology Museum. Also a video, “International Cryptozoology Museum (Loren Coleman),” interview with Coleman at the museum.
Bigfoot, by cryptozoology standards, is an ape-like creature ranging from 7 to 10 feet tall at maturity. Even though Bigfoot has been in Native American folklore and cave drawings for hundreds of years, science has not provided proof of their existence. There are scientific organizations such as the BFRO and SRA that dedicate scientific field research to finding proof of the existence of Bigfoot. That topic would be the subject of another publication. This publication deals only with the correct grammatical interpretation of the noun, Bigfoot.
Grammatically, Bigfoot is a noun that is both plural and singular. In the world of animals and fish, many are both plural and singular. There can be one antelope standing by itself, or there can be a herd of antelope. There can be one goldfish swimming by itself, or you can have a school of goldfish. There can be one buffalo walking across the prairie or a herd of buffalo in a stampede. There can be one bass heading upstream or a school of bass in a lake.
The plural of Bigfoot is Bigfoot, and the plural of Sasquatch is Sasquatch. However, in other parts of the world, they are Abominable Snowman and Yeti. The plural of Abdominal Snowman is Abominable Snowmen, and the plural of Yeti is Yetis. Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, in his writing, describes a “manual of styles” that was adopted by the International Society of Cryptozoology’s editor, Richard Greenwell, who documents the proper cryptozoological names.
However, with all the documentation above, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, in its on-line definition of Bigfoot, shows the plural as Bigfeet or Bigfoots. Another interesting occurrence happens when typing Bigfeet into a Microsoft Word document. Word earmarks it as miss-spelled. In an article, he wrote on North American Bigfoot, the co-host on the TV series Finding Bigfoot, Cliff Barackman, states Bigfeet implies more than one foot and not the creature.
In conclusion, whether or not the creature Bigfoot is real, the documentation above proves that grammatically, Bigfoot is both singular and plural.
By Thomas Halek and Donna Larson
Read to the Rhythm Video by Thomas Halek
The Rush City Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program, Read To The Rhythm, led by Branch Librarian, Donna Larson, helped kids beat the “Summer Slide.”
The Family Team Bingo project enabled all ages from toddlers to grandparents to get in on the fun. Each team’s mission, for those who accepted it, was to complete a Bingo card featuring 25 reading, learning, and family-togetherness activities. Bingo cards finished by August 8 were eligible for the grand prize drawing – a Kindle Fire HD – which was won by Team A Johnson.
Teens & Tweens (ages 12-17) earned prizes when they read and participated in various activities on their Teen Ticket. One feature encouraged them to “Read a Book: Write a Song!” For each book read, participants earned the right to place notes on a musical staff to complete a measure. Eight measures completed (i.e., 8 books read) became a tune. Rush City musician Troy Heling then wrote the song “Ripples” from the tunes created by the reading Teens. The grand prize Kindle Fire HD was captured by 15-year-old Chad Fleischhacker, while Lucy Thrippleton earned runner-up honors.
Elementary and Preschool children who read and were read to tracked their progress on Reading Logs. Prizes were earned for every 2 hours of reading, and children who completed 16:40 hours were eligible for fabulous grand prize drawings. A delighted 11-year-old Jorja Brown won the Kindle Fire HD at this level. Daniel Weihmann and Nevaeh Sucky earned other bonus prizes. Eighty children in this age group earned at least one prize for their summer reading efforts.
Challenges on the Family Bingo project and Teen Ticket included the task of “Finding Elvis.” When located, participants shot a selfie with the iconic musician and emailed it to the librarian.
Eight Rush City businesses hosted “Elvis” for one week:
Barb Johnson, Owner of the Historic Grant House, welcoming Elvis Photo by Donna Larson
Community involvement made all the difference in this year’s reading program.
Rush Printing produced the large window banner encouraging participation in the program and recognizing Ardent Mills as the program’s Mega Sponsor. The Rush City Ardent Mills was started in 1911.
Widow Banner Designed and Printed by Jill Haugrud, Rush Printing
Jeffery Meldrum Interview On Possible Existence of Sasquatch (Interview by Thomas Halek)
Jeffrey Meldrum, Ph.D. is currently at Idaho State University and holds the titles of:
Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology
of Physician Assistant Studies
Affiliate Curator, Idaho Museum of Natural History
S., 1982, Zoology (Anatomy & Physiology), Brigham Young University
S., 1984, Zoology (Anatomy & Physiology), Brigham Young University
D., 1989, Anatomical Sciences (Physical Anthropology), the State University of New York at Stony Brook
Postdoctoral Visiting Assistant Professor, 1989-1991, Duke University Medical Center
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