Do You Believe?
The Origins of Bigfoot
Bigfoot, a.k.a. Sasquatch, is an ape-like creature that is thought to inhabit the forests of North America. According to anthropological reports, many indigenous cultures long ago told tales of mysterious, hairy creatures that lived in the forest.
Theodore Roosevelt’s 1893 book, The Wilderness Hunter, generated more intrigue about the mystifying creature, because it included an allegedly true story about a mountain man he knew who was stalked and attacked by a foul-smelling, bipedal creature near the Idaho-Montana border.
In July 1924, The Oregonian ran an article about a violent encounter between a group of gold prospectors and a group of “ape-men” in the Mount St. Helens area of southwest Washington, less than ten miles from one of our movie’s main locations.
In 1967, the Patterson-Gimlin film was released. The grainy footage shows Bigfoot walking past Bluff Creek in Northern California, and it continues to be highly analyzed and debated.
Today, most Bigfoot sightings occur in the northwestern region of Washington, Oregon, Northern California, and British Columbia.
Have you ever encountered Bigfoot? If so, go to Squatchfinder.net and share your experience!
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Still photography and Art captions & credits – top to bottom:
1. Movie Poster courtesy of Fireshoe Productions
2. Location shot (“Justin’s Property”). Photo credit: JC Campos/Whispered Films Productions
3. 1st Assistant Director Travis Waldroop jumps for joy. Photo credit: Linda Shepherd/indieStills.com
4. Filming at the Grand Prairie Designs historic WWI-era barn in Winlock (Location: “Crazy Frank’s Barn”) Photo credit: Sarah Whitehead
5. Norm Mays in a scene. Photo credit: JC Campos/Whispered Films Productions
6. Chickens on the set. Photo credit: Sarah Whitehead
7. Filming snow scenes in the pasture. Photo credit: Sarah Whitehead
8. Hallie Shepherd laughs with Jesse Collver during rehearsal. Photo credit: JC Campos/Whispered Films Productions
9. Bigfoot artwork by Robert Paul Payne
10. Eric Colley, Norm Mays, Hallie Shepherd, and Jesse Collver film a scene. Photo credit: JC Campos/Whispered Films Productions