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"Giants, Cannibals and Monsters:" A Visit With Kathy Strain

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FOR EONS THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF BIGFOOT. IF WE GO BACK IN TIME WE FIND NEARLY EVERY TRIBE IN EXISTANCE HAD A NAME AND A STORY FOR BIGFOOT. THAT WAS BEFORE THE TELEPHONE FOLKS. THAT WAS BEFORE THE PONY EXPRESS. THAT WAS WAYYYY BEFORE THE WHITE MAN. WE HAD TRIBES ALL OVER WHAT WE NOW CALL AMERICA THAT HAD NO CONTACT…YET ALL WERE EXPERIENCING AND RECORDING THE SAME THING…A BIG HAIRY CREATURE. SOME TRIBES HAD NAMES AND STORIES THAT WERE GOOD AND REFERRED TO BIGFOOT AS BIG BROTHER AND OTHER TRIBES TOLD STORIES OF FEMALE BIGFOOT THAT SNATCHED UP THE NATIVES AND ATE EM. GOOD OR BAD ALL TRIBES HAD STORIES. SOME TRIBES EVEN RECOUNTED BIGFOOT AS PART OF THEIR CREATION STORY. VERY INTERESTINGLY, WE HAVE PAINTED ROCK ON THE TULE RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION IN THE SIERRAS. NATIVE AMERICAN PAINTINGS ON THE ROCK DATE BACK TO 500 A.D. AND THEY INCLUDE DEPICTIONS OF A COYOTE, A LIZARD, A BEAR, BEAVER, HUMANS, AN EAGLE, AND EVEN A CENTIPEDE. ALL OF US WOULD AGREE THOSE THINGS EXIST, RIGHT?? WELL, ABOVE THE COYOTE, LIZARD, BEAVER, BEAR, ETC. MUCH LARGER IN SCALE ARE PAINTED A MALE, FEMALE AND A CHILD SIZE BIGFOOT. WHY WOULD THE TULE INDIANS PAINT ALL MANNER OF THINGS THAT WE ALL AGREE EXIST, THEN 3 LARGE BIGFOOT THAT MANY BELIEVE DON’T EXIST.  HERE TONIGHT TO DISCUSS THIS WITH US AND HELP US TO UNDERSTAND IS KATHY STRAIN, THE HERITAGE RESOURCE AND TRIBAL RELATIONS PROGRAMS MANAGER FOR THE STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST IN SONORA, CALIFORNIA. SHE HAS AN M.A. IN ANTHROPOLOGY AND IS VERY WELL KNOWN FOR HER RESEARCH ON NATIVE CULTURES AND THEIR TRADITIONAL BIGFOOT BELIEFS. THIS IS HOW SHE CAME TO WRITE HER BOOK: “GIANTS, CANNIBALS AND MONSTERS: BIGFOOT IN NATIVE CULTURES.” SHE IS ALSO CONSIDERED THE FOREMOST EXPERT ON THE HAIRY MAN PICTOGRAPHS ON PAINTED ROCK, WHICH SHE WILL DISCUSS AT LENGTH WITH US HERE TONIGHT.  **REBROADCAST**

 

 

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