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Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divideby Robert Michael Pyle
This book is as much about people and place as it is about the mythical hominid in our backyard. Pyle is a naturalist and a rational man thrust against doubt, and the beauty of the wild unknown flits through these pages like the shadow of his prey flits through hemlock and fir. Pyle favors hard science and the poetry of the backcountry, and, in his quest to understand the Bigfoot phenomena, he hikes and backpacks Washington's deep wilderness and returns to interview First Nation elders, serious Bigfoot hunters, loony hoaxers, anthropologists, and the residents of dying logging towns. Reading this made me think hard about what it is that drives determined people into the territory of the unknown. And it made me wonder what really does lurk out there in the deep winding ridges and forests of the Northwest. By the end of Where Bigfoot Walks, I wanted to believe — and I understood not just why some people do, but what implications that belief has for everyone living in its shadow.
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Robert Michael Pyle trekked into the Dark Divide, where he discovered a giant fossil footprint; searched out Indians who told him of an outcast tribe that had not fully evolved into humans; and attended the convocation in British Columbia called Sasquatch Daze, where he realized that "these guys don't want to find Bigfoot — they want to be Bigfoot." Ultimately Pyle discovers a few things about Bigfoot — and a lot about the human need for something to believe in and the need for wilderness in our lives.
"For those unfamiliar with the Bigfoot legend, Where Bigfoot Walks is a good primer. For those up to speed, the story Mr. Pyle has recorded of a Sasquatch-like encounter as told around the campfire by a former Haisla Nation chief from coastal British Columbia may be worth all the rehashing; it is one of the best I've ever read." The New York Times Book Review
"[A] leisurely, gracefully written meditation....[T]his enlightening report will intrigue skeptics and believers alike." Publishers Weekly
Includes bibliographical references (p. 328-329) and index.
About the Author
Robert Michael Pyle is the author of twelve books, including Where Bigfoot Walks, Wintergreen (winner of the John Burroughs Medal), and The Thunder Tree, and the editor of Nabokov's Butterflies. He has a Ph.D. in ecology from Yale and lives in western Washington.
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