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People have been seeing a Bigfoot like creature in Illinois for centuries. The native people of Illinois describe such a creature as well. Whether it is real, misidentification, or a hoax is up for debate but the topic of Bigfoot itself is clearly worthy of academic study. This guide helps point to books at WIU, good websites, and electronic resources that can be accessed to study the topic. Please remember that the name Bigfoot itself was created by popular culture in the 1950s and those studying older records (such as newspapers) should search other words describing the phenomenon including wild man, bushman, gorilla, ape, hairy man, and other variants. Bigfoot is a new name but the sightings are not and using a varied search vocabulary will be helpful on this topic.
The Archivist: Conversations with Dr. Lorenzen
Dr. Michael Lorenzen joined us from Western Illinois University to discuss his research into the bigfoot phenomenon in Western Illinois. Dr. Lorenzen emphasizes the importance of primary sources in his research and is dedicated to documenting them. He shares his research philosophy with us, insights into good research practices and several historical accounts from Western Illinois. Podcast episode from the Riverlands.
Bonus: Chasing Strangeness
Richard joins us to share his first hand accounts of high strangeness in Western Illinois. He shares stories about the Argyle Monster, Sasquatch and something….even stranger. Podcast from the Riverlands.
Illinois Bigfoot Sightings
Another resource with sighting reports.
Bigfoot in Illinois
For more than a century, reports have filtered out of rural and southern Illinois about strange, man-like beasts that resemble a cross between man and ape. Most witnesses talk of their odd appearance and the horrible odor that seems to accompany them. They are a dark side to the state of Illinois that few of us understand and they lend an air of mystery to the Prairie State that is unrivaled by any other region of the Midwest.
Illinois Bigfoot Sightings
This area of the website emphasizes everything concerning bigfoot /sasquatch sightings within the state of Illinois. By Stan Courtney.
Bigfoot Sighting In Illinois?
My home state of Illinois isn’t the most well-known state for its bigfoot sightings, but sightings do take place here. And in areas where there is virtually no wilderness. And this has led me and researchers in this state to believe they don’t really need wilderness to thrive. And there were “wild man” reports in my area down through history.
Wildman Lives Alone In Cave
1922 account of Bigfoot from Mt. Sterling, IL?
Bigfoot - Wikipedia
Wikipedia article on this alleged ape-like creature purportedly inhabiting forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.
Organization undertaking research into these unique creatures and working to save their habitat.
Contains sightings, links, and pictures.
Includes news, sightings, stories, newspaper and magazine clippings, videos, and interviews.
Bigfoot at 50
A skeptical review of the history of Bigfoot.
North American Bigfoot
Blog by bigfoot field researcher, Cliff Barackman, with bigfoot pictures, a cast database and bigfoot evidence for peer review. Report a bigfoot sighting with supporting evidence.
Sasquatch Information Society
Includes news, pictures, research, and interviews.
Sasquatch and Native Americans
Indian legends about the Sasquatch.
Illinois Newspaper Bigfoot Stories
Books at WIU
Anatomy of a Beast by
Call Number: QL89.2.S2 M38 2009
Publication Date: 2009-06-02
Part history, part road trip, and part biography, this is the true story of a remarkable group of men whose obsession with Bigfoot turned the giant hominid into an American icon.
When Bigfoot Attacks by
Call Number: QL89.2.S2 N49 2011
Publication Date: 2011-06-01
Native American legends speak of brutal wars between tribesmen and cannibal giants, an early form of ethnic cleansing from which only one side could emerge victorious. But are the stories true?
Where Bigfoot Walks by
Call Number: QL89.2.S2 P95 1995
Publication Date: 1997-06-18
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 of large, hairy creatures 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.
Bigfoot!: the True Story of Apes in America by
Call Number: QL89.2.S2 C65 2003
Publication Date: 2003-04-01
Presents over forty years of investigations, interviews, and fieldwork on the North American "Sasquatch" and explores modern debates on their existence and whereabouts.
Bigfoot Exposed by
Call Number: QL89.2.S2 D34 2004
Publication Date: 2004-10-22
The scientific community on the whole, however, has stubbornly refused to comment on what it views as a very tall tale, though Bigfoot's existence continues to be hotly argued between proponents of the beast and its skeptics. Now, biological anthropologist and primate physiology specialist David J. Daegling enters the fray to offer both sides of the dispute benefit of objective scientific study.
Bigfoot Casebook Updated by
Call Number: QL89.2.S2 B67 2006
Publication Date: 2006-03-01
Sightings and encounters from 1818 to 2004.
Recasting Bigfoot by
Call Number: QL89.2.S2 Q33 2010
Publication Date: 2010-11-01
The Indians insisted that Sasquatch were two tribes and one could speak Douglas. From this beginning, how did a diametrically opposite modern myth of a 9 foot tall "Gigantopithecus" evolve?
Bigfoot and Other Legendary Creatures by
Call Number: CURRLIB. 001.9 W182bf
Publication Date: 1992-03-01
Explores the myths and scientific inquiries surrounding repeated sightings of such legendary creatures as the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, and the Yeti.
Bigfoot : the Yeti and Sasquatch in Myth and Reality by
Call Number: QL89 .N36 1973
Publication Date: 1973-03-01
Dr. John Napier was Curator of Primates at the Smithsonian Institution. At the time this book was written in the early 1970's, it was unusual for a Scientist to publicly show interest in this subject. Dr Napier was a leading Primatologist who took an interest in this subject and began investigating further. He examines the evidence for the existence of the North American "Bigfoot" as well as the Himalyan "Yeti"
Finding Bigfoot: Everything You Need to Know by
Call Number: CURRLIB. 001.944 B864fb
Publication Date: 2013-08-13
Presents information about Bigfoot, covering details about sightings and evidence for the existence of the controversial animal, as well viewpoints of skeptics and scientists on the subject.
Abominable Science! by
Call Number: QL88.3 .L69 2013eb (E-Resource)
Publication Date: 2012-08-21
Throughout our history, humans have been captivated by mythic beasts and legendary creatures. Tales of Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness monster are part of our collective experience. Now comes a book from two dedicated investigators that explores and elucidates the fascinating world of cryptozoology.
Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science by
Call Number: QL89.2.S2 M45 2007
Publication Date: 2007-09-04
A scientist takes a scholarly, objective look at the mystery of Sasquatch and at evidence and research that could hold the key to a large but previously undiscovered North American primate, reviewing the scientific pros and cons for its existence.
American Monsters by
Call Number: GR825 .G564 2014
Publication Date: 2014-08-28
From pre-Columbian legends to modern-day eyewitness accounts, this comprehensive guide covers the history, sightings and lore surrounding the most mysterious monsters in America--including Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, and more.
Monsters and Water Beasts by
Call Number: CURRLIB. 398.24 M648mb
Publication Date: 2007-04-17
Describes various fantastic monsters or animals which some people think might have inhabited the land or sea.
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