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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Pine Winds Pr (October 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937663115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937663110
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author of a series of children s book, including one that explains Bigfoot. This is her first book for adults, which she wrote for her grown daughter (and Bigfoot researcher), Autumn Williams, to describe what happened when Autumn was growing up in Orting, Washington between the ages of 3 and 6.

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An incredible TRUE story.
Matthew S. Hansen
This is the one and only book that covers the genre in a memoir-style that spans about 4 years.
Mister Salty
It is the story of the essence of friendship.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Scott R. Gothard on May 12, 2007
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Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down, finishing it in two days!! It was quite well written, and done in a very simple, straightforward style that didn't attempt to hide or confuse the subject.

If this is truly representative of the kind of long-term contacts rural people have with Bigfoot and similar creatures, it represents a nearyly ignored aspect of research into this area of cryptozoology. More books like this are absolutely necessary to the discipline, as this is where the REAL action is going on.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Davis on February 13, 2007
Valley Of The Skookum is simply, pure magic. Those looking for merely descriptions of Bigfoot encounters should consider themselves advised that this book is so much more than just that. It is an immaculately penned tale about a very special group of people, many years ago during an amazing time, and in a special place, where mysterious, wonderful events were happening around them. It is the story of their attempts to come to grips with and make sense of the fascinating things taking place.

It is also a tale of a very small community of people, living at the precipice of America's wilderness, who became friends, bonded together by the fantastic, and at times frightening things going on. Yes, stories of Bigfoot sightings are in this book, such as the author's close encounter with two Sasquatch while with her then 3 year old daughter Autumn as they were out gathering firewood. There are stories of sightings by her friends & neighbors, amazing accounts of the creatures passing by at night so close to their home that the very ground shook from the weight of their footsteps!

Most impressive is how the author wonderfully and carefully handles the intriguing metaphysical and paranormal elements of the story, things often ridiculed and immediately dismissed in the Bigfoot research community (an extremely delicate balance, and not an easy task at all when you consider that her daughter is one of the most well known and respected Bigfoot researchers in the country)!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. Howell on March 9, 2007
Sali Sheppard-Wolford gives us a book on her four years of experiences in the Valley of the Skookum, as she dubs it, outside Orting, WA. This isn't necessarily a book about bigfoot/sasquatch/skookum but a personal journey in four years of her life. I bought it as a bigfoot book based on an interest that was perked by her daughter Autumn Williams, of whom I have much respect for. I liked this book but then I also didn't like it. It's a bit overwhelming and too much has purportedly happened to her during these four years, like she's a paranormal magnet. During this time she talks about: bigfoot/skookum, extradimensional beings (skookum and blue herons), ghost trains, psychics (ranging from mind manipulation, esp, telepathy, psychometry), phantom lights, past life regression (including reincarnation, spirit world dreams, spirit guides), future premonitions, UFOs, men in black conspiracies, possible 'vortexes', being spiritually linked to people she's never met, and maybe one or two others I didn't note. Almost anything paranormal was linked to her in this time frame and locale, I'm not sure if she's a magnet or just a little whacked (please forgive me).

I don't know what to make of the purported link between bigfoot/skookum/sasquatch and the phantom lights. B. Anne Slate covers this in her book in connection with the 'Sierra Sasquatch Sounds' and for those who have looked further into the 1927 Ape Canyon incident, Fred P/Beck (different sources say Peck or Beck) also discusses phantom lights following the occurance in his self published book. Otherwise, everything else is almost over the edge in the occurances. More of what I picked up on in these events, is her possibly semi-subconscious negative relationship with her husband John.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H.M. 2005 on December 27, 2006
Fascinating and hard to put down. Two terms I would use to describe this excellent book, which is written in first-person narrative. Wolford, mother of Sasquatch researcher Autumn Williams, writes of four years of strange encounters that she and members of her family and close friends experienced near Orting, Washington in the mid to late-1970's. Not just Sasquatch, but strange lights and nightly dreams of walking with a Native American into the past and present. The Sasquatch are called "Skookum" here, and sometimes they are said to vanish (!) into thin air. Wolford, I do not believe, is saying that Skookum are shape-shifters or connected with UFO's or the strange lights seen by the family or friends, but each phenomena occurred in that area. I do recommend this book highly, and read it with an open mind, even if it seems a bit fantastical.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Corrine D. Lee on February 18, 2007
Since I am interested in this phenomenon, I consider this book to be an excellent addition to my collection of Bigfoot related information. The writing style is easy reading and sometimes made me feel as if I were really there with the characters in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone else who also has an interest in this fascinating subject.
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