This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.
During my years of study, witness interviews and research of bigfoot, I've seen some common misconceptions about the elusive creature.
Some of these misconceptions come from skeptics or casual researchers who have not taken the time to research the subject. This of course will not be an exhaustive list, but will serve as a general overview.
The First misconception that comes to mind and I've heard this many time, is that the bigfoot phenomenon started with the Roger Patterson film in 1967. This is totally untrue but the film and media television helped generate interest in the subject. Bigfoot sighting date back hundreds of years, not only in print but in the oral history told by Native Americans. Plus I guess I should mention there is cave art depicting what appears to be sasquatch as well.
Another misconception, and this one makes me laugh, is that many people think that there is only ONE bigfoot. That all sightings worldwide are the same bigfoot. This is utterly ridiculous and with just a little research of sighting reports and a quick read of the creatures description one could see that bigfoots come in various sizes and colors. Plus the bigfoot would need the ability to travel great distances in short spans and the ability to be in multiple places at once. This misconception leads us to the next misconception, the one where people think all bigfoot look just alike. The basic overall appearance of bigfoot are the same but bigfoot vary widely in color and size. According to reports the color of bigfoots are black, white, gray, brown, reddish, blond and other variations. Hair thickness can varies as well, according to reports. Facial features can also vary, much the way human have different features, not all humans have the same size nose. There also appears to be some body shape differences between male and female bigfoot, with the males being larger in height and width. Which makes perfect sense as in most cases males tend to be larger than females, but not always. In my personal opinion bigfoot probably differ slightly based on region. For example, bigfoot in the deep south may have a slightly different appearance than a bigfoot from Canada or Oregon. These differences may include thickness in hair, shape of head and overall body shape.
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The last thing I'll bring up is the misconception that bigfoot do not have a language or can speak. There are numerous accounts and some recordings of witnesses hearing bigfoot produce vocals and/or speech. I personally have heard what could have been nothing but a bigfoot speaking. I was in the woods researching a very recent sighting, I was totally alone, and I heard a mumbling voice. I could not make out what was said, it was like if someone was just our of earshot enough that you couldn't understand what they were saying. This area is still active and an area I continue to research. The event that happened to me and much more was documented in the film I made, Bigfoot: Tracking A Legend.
This of course is not all the misconceptions about bigfoot but this is some of the common ones.
Thanks for reading, please feel free to contact me if you have a sighting or want to share a report.
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