This is not a book about Bigfoot. It's not a compilation of sightings out to prove the giant cone-headed legend of the forest exists. Rather it is a book that looks behind the folklore to uncover the facts . . .and not only the facts but the very first facts and evidence.
Most people know that the modern legend of Bigfoot evolved out of the old Indian stories of the Sasquatch. But what most people do not know is that Sasquatch represented two tribes of primitive Indians that lived deep in the mountainous Saskahaua District of British Columbia. One tribe spoke something akin to the Douglas dialect. To the Indians they were giants. The irony, however, is that to the shorter races of the Pacific Northwest giant always meant 6 and a half feet tall.
Anthropologists, sociologists and journalists have written books and chronicled sightings and endorsed footprints that depended on White Man's mistake of thinking giant meant something 8 or 9 feet tall. But author Gian J. Quasar takes up the pen of an historian for Recasting Bigfoot and exposes 50 years of modern myth. Seeking primary sources he discovers the actual footprint of the Sasquatch was preserved long before the hype of Bigfoot and popular myth. Following this true but radically different footprint he is able to build the image of the real Sasquatch and reveal the origins of the frightening "animal human" described in old frontier journals and Indian histories.
Despite 50 years of hype and hyperbole this is really the first book on the true Sasquatch. What underlies the bloated legend of Bigfoot is actually far more disturbing and intriguing than the popular myth-- disturbing because for 50 years "researchers" ignored the real footprint in order to chase their own created chimera; intriguing because there really was something startling to find. Recasting Bigfoot is both an exposé of Bigfootery and a search for the identity of both tribes of "Sasquatch men."
|Publisher:||Brodwyn, Moor & Doane|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of the few books that truly substantiates its promo as a new beginning in Sasquatch research. Quasar adeptly brings to life the real possibility that Native American anthroipoids and people form the reality behind the "Bigfoot" phenomenon. Instead of a debunk or a polemic, Quasar uses his elegant literary style and specialty of history to irrevocably change public opinion. Starting at the beginning of the modern "cryptid craze," the unfolding chronology is devastating to the modern myth of a giant cone-headed Bigfoot in America. Gigantopithecus as a scientific theory clearly washes away leaving richly engrained evidence for two species of AMERICAN APES migrating north from South America. Quasar's work brilliantly justifies the Indian histories of two tribes of "Sasquatch men," and illustrations show how Indian artwork (stone heads, tribal dance masks, totems) in turn give body to his thesis. With a background in History & Philosophy (including Oxford), Quasar's work injects a powerful voice from history and reason into a field where it has sadly been lacking. Bigfoot culture may be briefly outraged, but in the long run the majority of people will come to realize there is indeed a Bigfoot. The truth is it is far from what the cult of folklore has promoted. I seldom post any reviews for books, and never on B&N, but I felt this book truly desrerved it. 5 stars all the way!
I found Recasting BigFoot a remarkable read. It was well researched and footnoted,with the footnotes on the same page as the material it points to.Something few authors do anymore.I hate having to go to the back of a book for footnotes.Mr.Quasar has placed most available information on the subject on your plate.He lets you make your decision. From the old Native American legends to the Old World stories of "wild or ape" men, to the comparison of the South American de Loys ape.This book gives more informstion of the de Loys ape that i have ever read. Mr.Quasar's study of the Roger Patterson/Bob Gimlin film of BigFoot at Bluff Creek will open your eyes. His research will also show that there is more than one type of"BigFoot." You will not find a better book written presently on this subject. Make sure you get a copy fast ! This is the book that will have the internet forums on the subject buzzing !