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The Hoopa Project: Bigfoot Encounters in California 1st Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0888396532
ISBN-10: 0888396538
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hancock House; 1 edition (August 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888396538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888396532
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, written by former police investigator Paulides, covers a 3-year investigation into the Hoopa Reservation and town just 14 miles north of the Bigfoot Capitol of the World, Willow Creek, California. He interviews many natives of the area and has each of them sign an affidavit, attesting to each witness' truthfulness. There are photos of all the witnesses, and also of the locations these sightings took place in. An interesting note is that some of the sightings took place in the same proximity and within less than a mile from each other. The witnesses' tales are quite compelling and stark in their detail, but Paulides has gone beyond just giving witnesses' descriptions-he also brings in forensic artist Harvey Pratt, who has done quite a bit of sketch work for the FBI and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and did the initial sketches of the BTK Killer, the Green River Killer, Ted Bundy, Henry Lucas, Otis O'Toole and many other famous cases, and utilizes his skills in forensic art to bring a truer picture of the witnesses' sightings to life, which he does in bold detail. The Sasquatch creatures portrayed by Pratt as described by the witnesses describe a more humanlike face than apelike, whcih is quite fascinating. I highly recommend this book.
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Oh, for a world in which cryptozoology were taken seriously!
The Hoopa Project is certainly a large step in the correct direction. This slim book is a credit to the endeavor, and should be read as a practical how-to by any serious investigator. It also contains a wealth of information for anyone else interested in learning about Bigfoot/Sasquatch and the continuing search for proof of its existence.

Mr. Paulides has forged new investigative ground.
He is not a scientist and does not pretend to be. Instead, as a former police investigator, he has created an exemplary template for interviewing even reluctant witnesses and for extracting from them the most useful information possible, including rather startling forensic drawings supplied by Mr. Harvey Pratt.

The book is riveting reading, consisting of one interview after another (with photos of each witness & the forensic sketches that go with their sightings). The writing style is dry, no-nonsense, and has some characteristics in common with lab reports: a methodical, repeatable approach to extracting information. Credibility is given top billing, and there are no bells or whistles.

I was pleased to see that since this research was done in and around a Native American reservation and tribal holdings every effort was made to remain respectful of witnesses and their culture.
There is absolutely no sensationalization herein. It clearly was a relief to witnesses who otherwise feared ridicule and this adds greatly to the serious tone of the book.

It is greatly to Mr. Paulides's credit that his interest in the animal appears to stem from the wish to protect it with legislation--rather than to exploit it.
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Former law enforcement officer David Paulides has an interest in the bigfoot phenomenon and has set forth his own project to learn more. Using police investigation techniques, Paulides questions witnesses about sightings and incidents involving bigfoot. Paulides restricts his investigation to one local area, the Hoopa reservation in northern California (between Willow Creek, Happy Camp, Weitchpec, and Orleans including the Bluff Creek region). Accompanying Paulides is a prominent sketch artist, Harvey Pratt, who has done FBI work on the likes of major serial killers (BTK, Green River Killer, Ted Bundy, I-5 Killer, and more). This text is the end result of Paulides' investigation which focuses on a limited region so as to get more detailed information on a feasible bigfoot habitat. Nearly all the witnesses are Hoopa, Karuk, or Yurok Native Americans that struggle between being ridiculed about their incidents and the tribal importance of sasquatch. This isn't a place you can just wander into, you must follow the Hoopa Reservation laws and cannot travel from paved roads without specific written permission from the Tribal Counsel/Chairman/Elders.

While it does get a bit dry in some spaces, overall, it is an informative documentation of the purported creatures and their occurances within a selected region. The sketches are developed between Pratt and the many of the witnesses so there is a nice supply of new renderings based on the witnesses. Paulides also indicates he will be doing more such regional project books in the future. This book is excellent coverage for a small region and includes some cultural importance of bigfoot to the Hoopa Reservation and people.
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BRAVO! I heard David Paulides speak on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory last month and I was fascinated with his research methods and his ability to tell a captivating story. This prompted me to order this book and I was so caught up by the cases reported inside it, I could not put it down! Dave is an excellent storyteller with a no-nonsense fashion - it's effortless to paint a picture in your mind of the witness accounts, the surrounding area in Hoopa and the circumstances of the individual sightings themselves. The cases included in the book have an extremely high degree of believability since the witnesses all signed affadavits, and because Dave goes to great lengths to state their credibility and connections throughout the community.

I've recently just ordered Dave's other books from the NA Bigfoot Search website, and I cannot wait until they arrive! Amazon has little availability of his other books at the time of this writing (May 2012). They are Tribal Bigfoot, The Track Record: A Bigfoot Encyclopedia, and the two "Missing 411" books - east and west coast editions.
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