- Paperback: 271 pages
- Publisher: Hancock House Pub Ltd (November 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0888395523
- ISBN-13: 978-0888395528
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Locals: A Contemporary Investigation of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch Phenomenon
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There are a number of reasons why this is such an excellent Bigfoot/Sasquatch book; however, rather than write endless paragraphs on them, allow me to make my points as a list:
1. Powell doesn't waste his or the reader's time by rehashing (at least in lengthy detail) the "classic" cases--the Albert Ostman story, Ruby Creek, Mt. St. Helens, the Patterson film, etc. Instead, Powell focuses his energies on relating and interpreting more modern (or previously less publicized) accounts.
2. Unlike some Bigfoot researchers who do what Sherlock Holmes described as a "cardinal" error--using facts selectively to fit theories--Powell lays out the facts of Bigfoot encounters as patterns, then develops theories that fit those patterns. This is truly the use of scientific method, and in an arena where conjecture runs rampant, Powell's approach is refreshing.
3. As far as I know, Powell is the first Bigfoot researcher who has posited the idea that Bigfoots may possess "alternative" higher abilities, which would explain both the eerie similarities between accounts of encounters and the reason why the creatures have managed to elude humans so well for so long. For example, Powell spends several pages in the book discussing the possibility that Bigfoots may possess infrasound capabilities (emitting low-level frequencies to paralyze and disorient humans or prey). Bigfoots having this ability would explain the "I'm being watched" sensation so often felt by people venturing into an area populated by Bigfoots.
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Essentially Thom looks at the conflicting approaches of the Bigfoot phenomena. The scientific standpoint which supposes that Bigfoot are real flesh and blood animals, with no particular qualities albeit being especially intelligent in comparison to any other animal. This is in opposition to the other school of thought that attribute Bigfoot to the realms of the supernatural or as being visitors from other worlds (either in time or space).
The book very coherently explores both these possibilities - backing them up with various case studies. I had not heard these case studies before and it was pleasant to read them rather than the usual Ostman, Ape Canyon, Patterson stories. On this point alone the book is very refreshing.
Thom is very respectful in terms of his regard for Native American traditions regarding Bigfoot and suggesting that many Native American beliefs stating that Bigfoot is both real and 'spirit' quite possibly makes the most sense as a way of understanding the phenomena. This is not to say that there is not a rational, 'scientific' explanation of Bigfoot but that science currently does not have the knowledge/ tools/ open-mindedness to understand the phenomenon and that perhaps science needs to address it own attitudes towards the universe.Read more ›
"The Locals" is thoroughly researched, sensitively presented, and sensibly organized. Thom touches on topics like the alleged paranormal, psychic aspects of Bigfoot and the possible government cover-up, presenting facts and case histories without demanding the reader's opinion of same. And as if a wonderful read were not enough, Alicia Bateman's charming, minimalist-type illustrations are an added bonus.
Locally and globally, this is a gem of a research book, worth every cent of the modest price and every minute of reading--and re-reading, which I have done. I eagerly look forward to Thom Powell's next book, and since he'll be seeing this, I hope he'll take the not so subtle hint and get going!
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I am in the process of reading the Locals this Christmas season while visiting our grand kids and family in South Carolina. I am almost done, and wish the book was longer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Northwest Hiker
One of, if not the best squatch books I've ever read. Very scientific with stories I've never heard before. A must read for any squatch researcher!!!Published 1 month ago by John
As a life long resident of rural Oregon, I have no doubt there is something in these woods that science cannot explain. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. C. Dunham
This book is excellent and offers more than just encounters, but the science behind much of this phenomenon. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tim N.
I got this book, He said it's a wonderful Book. He like anything about Big Foot Books. Thank-youPublished 9 months ago by Linda Rognlien