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Backyard Bigfoot: The True Story of Stick Signs, UFOs, & the Sasquatch

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"Absolutely one of the best types of investigative reporting I've seen as Shiel compiles so much information into this one little book that you will read over and over again." --Beverly Pechin, Reader Views

Anyone wanting a unique, and intensely personal perspective on the Bigfoot controversy will not be disappointed. --From the Foreword by Nick Redfern, author of "On The Trail Of The Saucer Spies"

From the Publisher

Bigfoot...Fact or Fiction?
Read this book before you decide!

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From recent footprints to ghostly figures painted on stone centuries ago, Backyard Bigfoot presents startling evidence that the hairy creatures who lurk in our world's backcountry represent more than a figment of our collective imagination. Bigfoot expert Lisa A. Shiel lays out the evidence -- physical and folkloric, ancient and modern -- to prove that Bigfoot and its kin all over the world stand closer to us than we ever imagined.

If you're a newcomer to the subject, you'll learn valuable facts as the author guides you through the mine field of theories, counter-theories, and assumptions about Bigfoot. Knowledgeable researchers will find a treasure trove of little-known evidence and usually taboo concepts. In perfect detail, Shiel lays out her singular and astonishing revelations about Bigfoot, gleaned from years of research -- both in the field and in the historical archives. Joining her odyssey, you'll explore:

* Stick signs --purposeful symbols created with sticks and other material;
* Mane braiding, where intricate braids appear in horses' manes overnight;
* Predominant Bigfoot theories, and why they don't fit the facts;
* UFO-Bigfoot connection details typically dismissed by academic pedagogues; and
* Distorted human history and how it affects our perceptions of the Bigfoot enigma.

From human evolution to lost civilizations, from UFOs to ancient artwork, Shiel weaves disparate threads into one incredible yet thoroughly believable theoretical tapestry -- and leaves you breathless.

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"This new book by Lisa Shiel is a skillfully written combination of field observations, academic perspectives, and discussions of other paranormal mysteries that may relate to the hairy hominid (Bigfoot) mystery. Lisa is daring in her approach: she articulates uncertain evidence, then develops a theory that unifies anthropological mysteries, the Bigfoot phenomenon, and a few other paranormal matters. I admire a person who is willing to put it all on the line, especially in Bigfoot circles where any attempt to articulate a coherent theory is as sure to inflame the opposition as it is to win new converts.

"I was particularly impressed with her concise presentation of anthropology vis-a-vis hairy hominids. I once tried to write an anthropology chapter for a Bigfoot book and I just couldn't do it. There was simply too much knowledge to assimilate and too many competing viewpoints. Lisa gets right in there and applies her keen grasp of the subject to challenge much of the conventional wisdom in paleoanthropology. She concisely summarizes many of the antropological discoveries and debates that I just could not find the words to articulate and she does a particulary good job of showing the reader the "skeletons in the closet," that is, the unresolved questions, the hidden problems, and the ongoing debates that riddle anthropology, especially as it relates to the hairy hominid phenomenon. Her command of the sometimes dry anthropology subject matter is enlivened by her irreverent tone and even a certain cynicism that I find refreshing.

"Elsewhere in the book, Lisa describes her attempts to interact with suspected Sasquatches in the Texas an Michigan woods by creating and observing stick markers on trails. She suggests a form of experimentation that many field people could apply to their own respective situations. The Bigfoot hypothesis has always lacked good opportunities for experimentation and Lisa outlines at least one experimental approach that can be replicated by any interested researcher. So, I decided to try it myself in my own woods and was immediately humbled. What sounded like such an easy job on paper became immensely daunting. I haven't given up but it suddenly became clear that Lisa Shiel has spent a great deal of time and effort studying the details of her local woods and that I had a lot of catching up to do.

"I found the information on orbs to be of particular interest because I have encountered them myself on several occasions. Again, I admire Lisa's courage for including this material in her book, since it will not be seen by every reader as being germane to the Bigfoot discussion. Because I've encountered the orb phenomenon while pursuing Bigfoot matters, I've tried to investigate and even debunk the view that orbs represent a paranormal phenomenon. I have found that the prismatic reflection of the camera flash on raindrop surfaces does show up as orbs, particularly in digital photographs. On the other hand, I have photographed orbs in very dry conditions and that seem to have a dinstincly different appearance than the raindrops-style orbs.

"With the number of Bigfoot-related books available these days, I appreciate authors who try to push the envelope of this genre by investigating and discussion the most controversial aspects of this suprisingly complicated subject. Lisa Shiel is to be commended for doing precisely that. She has brutally assessed the current state of paleoanthropology, and she has candidly shared her field research findings. Lisa has offered two original field research methodologies: one concerning stick signs and one concerning photography of orbs. Other researchers can independently verify or refute these finding if they are motivated to do field work of their own. Even if they do refute them, Lisa is to be commended for her years of field observations, and her thorough presentation of academic considerations, and her willingness to develop a coherent theory that unifies disparate academic and field matters. Lisa's book has everything I like to see in a Bigfoot book...*oops* pardon me...a hairy hominid book.
--Thom Powell, author of The Locals: A Contemporary Investigation of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch Phenomenon

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Slipdown Mountain Publications LLC (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974655368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974655369
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,515,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was curious about the possibility of stick signs being real evidence of interaction with Bigfoot, but I was also curious to know if Lisa A. Shiel, author of Backyard Bigfoot, had a new, logical, perspective on Bigfoot and how the plausible existence of hairy forest giants might relate to UFOs, "orbs" and other paranormal mysteries.

Her outlook on these subjects seems just as naive as many others who staunchly "believe" that photographed orbs are manifestations of spirits from beyond, and that UFO's are proof that extraterrestrials, or interdimensional beings, maneuver through our airspace in highly advanced craft.

The bottom line is that there is absolutely no proof to substantiate these phenomena, and it is illogical to speculate based on belief alone.

I mean no disrespect to the author. This is an interesting, well written book, and she certainly has done her fair share of research. Her theories are entertaining, and there is much anthropological and paleontological inforamtion included in the book, though not always in the best context.

In some cases I notice that her interpretations are a bit of a stretch from what one might ordinarily gather from the information at hand. For example, in the first chapter, "Ancient Evidence," Shiel presents an image of a pottery piece decorated with a representation of Bes, an Egyptian "hairy dwarf" god. Sheil tells us that Bes is often depicted with a feathered headdress, large feet, and sometimes as a bipedal lion-like creature. What she fails to mention are the obvious wing-like appendages seen protruding from the back of the creature in the image presented. This depiction of Bes is as much a representation of a hairy hominid as it is of Mothman, for those who believe in the existence of such a thing.
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Lisa Sheil has done a brave thing in writing about her unusual encounters and theories concerning Bigfoot. As she herself notes, the idea that Bigfoot shares a connection with UFOs, orbs, psychic phenomena and other anomalous activity is highly controversial. Shiel's willingness to put herself out front with her experiences and theories is to be commended.

The UFO - Bigfoot connection is not one looked upon favorably by both many UFO researchers, as well as Bigfoot researchers. It is a brave thing to put oneself out there with not only personal encounters of such a `high strangeness' content, but to extend that experience further by concluding that there is a relationship between human, Sasquatch, psi, and UFOs. Too much for some; as both UFO and Bigfoot researchers know. But as Shiel says,the data is out there (and I know it is, having researched two Pacific Northwest encounters of a similar type myself) and this fact won't go away.

A word about that: it sounds wild, and from my own experience, I can say that if this is the first time the reader is coming across this, it may sound very strange. I know that when I first read about a `Bigfoot-UFO' connection, I almost threw the article in the trash. But after coming across numerous, similar stories about this relationship, I was forced to acknowledge that there is a body of evidence that suggests there is something to these "high strangeness" encounters.

From the first unusual `stick sign' found on her Texas property Shiel finds that these patterns seemed to have been made intentionally by someone -- or something. Chances of the message maker being human, while a rational assumption, were slight, since Shiel lived in a remote rural area.
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Truly found this book's subject matter very informative and interesting. Next time when one walks in the forest after reading this book one just might find a surprise. Read it. Really liked this author's style of writing. Would make a good for TV documentary, too!
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By J.S.R. on January 9, 2014
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I really liked most of the book. Got a little spooky when she described some of what was happening around her home, especially the UFO part. I enjoyed reading about the attempts at communicating using the stick signs.

I got a little bored on some parts because of the lengthy scientific explanations of human history, but a lot of that was also interesting and relevent to the points she was making.

Overall, the book is very good. I recommend!
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The only thing that kept me from giving it a 5 was I would have liked her to go more into the stick sign adventure. She kind of got off into other subjects a bit, but still its a fun read, and I recommend it.
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I found this book very interesting. It explains how the author noticed sticks being positioned in various ways as a form of communication to whomever walked that way. For instance , a sign to state if a food source was in that particular area or not. From evidence gathered from witnesses for many years, it is obvious that the American Ape is present and communicating to others in this primitive but effective way.
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If you are a beginner in the realm of hairy hominids, there are better choices.

If you are well read on Bigfoot and looking for new information this is not a book for you.

Content is at best odd and mostly far-reaching conjecture. And I find it disappointing that the author expects us not only to believe she was getting messages from Bigfoot in the form of "stick signs" while living in Texas --- but that the same phenomena occurred when she moved to another state!
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