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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.
Recommended by Jason W., Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

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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.

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"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

Review:

"[A] leisurely, gracefully written meditation....[T]his enlightening report will intrigue skeptics and believers alike." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

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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crowyhead, August 22, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
When naturalist Robert Pyle received a grant to study Bigfoot, he didn't mount an expedition to go hunting for the creature. Instead, he traveled to the places in the Pacific Northwest rumored to be Bigfoot's haunts, and splitting his time between talking to the locals and wandering the woods to try to get a feel for who or what Bigfoot might be, if he (it?) truly exists. The result is a lovingly detailed description of the forests around Mt. St. Helens, and a knowledgable discussion not of whether Bigfoot really exists, but whether the habitat could support a larger predatory omnivore like Bigfoot is reputed to be.

My favorite parts of this book were Pyle's profiles of the various big names in the Bigfoot field. He talks to serious scientists and crackpot amateurs alike, and the result is both evenhanded and entertaining. One gets the sense that Pyle would be delighted if Bigfoot does exist, but he remains ambivalent. He is not invested in Bigfoot the way the hardcore searchers he interviews are; what Pyle is invested in is the wilderness and the thrilling idea that there could be new species right in our own backyard.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780395857014
Subtitle:
Crossing the Dark Divide
Author:
Pyle, Robert Michael
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Controversial Knowledge
Subject:
Sasquatch
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Metaphysics-Speculative History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
IG 13a
Publication Date:
June 1997
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 0.91 lb

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Product details 352 pages Mariner Books - English 9780395857014 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[A] leisurely, gracefully written meditation....[T]his enlightening report will intrigue skeptics and believers alike."
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 328-329) and index.
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