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#121    Night Walker

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:19 AM

View Postorangepeaceful79, on 05 May 2012 - 10:56 PM, said:

But again I ask - why is it even an important question? unless you explained already and I missed it, I didn't see an answer to this when I asked earlier.

I don't have an answer either other than Bigfoot-as-learned-cultural-experience. If Bigfoot was a legitimate undiscovered biological creature then you would expect sightings and interest from a representative cross-section of the broader population but that does not appear to be the case.

I just like to raise the point. It's important to look at the Bigfoot phenomenon from different perspectives and this angle has rarely, if ever, been considered. The whole field is ripe for serious sociological study...

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:40 PM

Living in the Pacific Northwest, I can speak somewhat to the subject of African-Americans being in the minority of witnesses here. First, we have a relatively small populace of Afro-Americans in general, and mostly confined to urban areas. A few do arrive here, usually from other parts of the country, and seek to gain employment in the woods. However, I've worked on several projects for the Forest Service with inter-city Afro-American kids who have never before set foot in the forest, and so were inordinately afraid of lions and tigers and bears. They are not inclined to go out in the woods to recreate, for whatever cultural reasons, at least not in this area. A sampling of Bigfoot studies from the southern states might yield different results. But since the large body of sightings come from the PNW, this might factor into such a statistic. We do have a large populace of Mexican Americans and transient latino workers, who spend a lot of time in the forest, mostly engaged in work of some kind. However, I think that they would be less inclined to report sightings, and language barriers might contribute to that. We do have a large populace of Native-Americans, who freely acknowledge Sasquatch, as it is an ingrained part of their culture. I don't think that they feel the need to try and convince others.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 06:28 PM

View Postwilliam joseph, on 24 March 2012 - 05:24 AM, said:

I saw the new episode tonight - According to Ancient Astronaut theorists - Bigfoot is an Alien - no kidding, that is what they said.


That was the plot of several ^ Million Dollar Man episodes in the 1970s.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 06:35 PM

View PostDieChecker, on 24 March 2012 - 03:52 AM, said:

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Interesting that 30% of people (In the US?) belive BF is really out there. That is around 100 million people in the US. How can so many be wrong? Is it the bad education system? Are we (US citizens) just stupid? Or is there actually something going on here?

It's probably the same reason that 100 million americans claim to have been abducted by aliens. i.e. boring lives & fifteen minutes of fame.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 06:42 PM

View PostNight Walker, on 05 May 2012 - 09:05 PM, said:

Why? Is it taboo to ask why African-Americans are almost completely absent (1 in 200 or 0.5% from my example) from the 'footer subculture? I don't understand this but like I said - "I'm an ignorant, untravelled Aussie so I would appreciate correction if needed - preferably before I join some African-American forums and ask the same thing". Please explain it to me - I want to understand...

I tend to agree with Zarifa. From what I have experienced with black people, here in Oregon and in the US Army, they generally don't want wilderness recreation, so don't do as much hiking, camping or nature photography. They also tend (in general) to remain in urban centers, and few live on the edges of the urban zones where BF is sometimes spotted. These are my opinions and nothing more.

I think you would find the same kind of percentages within asian populations, as they also are primariy urban. While hispanic/latin peoples probably are well represented, as they work in outdoors positions very often and live in areas on the edge or outside urban zones.

I think we all have the same psycological triggers, just that in blacks maybe it points toward a mugger or bum instead of assuming it is a bigfoot. Maybe they are more rational in that way.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 06:43 PM

View Postdrpaxton, on 27 May 2012 - 06:28 PM, said:

That was the plot of several ^ Million Dollar Man episodes in the 1970s.

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That was not an alien. It was a robot. I think its head gets knocked off if I remember right. Andre the giant was inside the suit, if I remember right.

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