By Linda S. Godfrey
From pre-Columbian legends to modern day eyewitness money owed, this entire consultant covers the background, sightings and lore surrounding the main mysterious monsters in America”including Bigfoot, the Jersey satan, and extra. Bigfoot, the chupacabra, and thunderbirds aren’t simply figments of our overactive imaginations”according to hundreds of thousands of eyewitnesses, they exist, in each nook of the U.S.. all through Americas historical past, surprised onlookers have visible unimaginable creatures of each stripe ”from sea serpents to apelike beings, gigantic bats to monkeymen” in each area.
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Archaeologist Christine VanPool wrote in Archaeology magazine about her study of the artwork that decorated certain pots found in those ruins: Then I examined a group of vessels with images of dancers that appear to be in the process of transforming into spirit beings and traveling to the spirit world. . They also all wear headdresses, suggesting that they are involved in ceremonial activities. 10 It seems, however, that the mask wearers are more than mere ceremonial dancers. The caption for one of the photographs accompanying the article states, “In the drawing, below, from a painted vessel, the shaman has transformed into a macaw-headed man.
5 I would have loved a more complete description of the creature. Unfortunately, Hendrix died in 1970, long before the book was written, and he was no longer available to confirm, deny, or elaborate upon his former bandmate’s story. Whatever the entity was—alien, angel, Mothman, or carbon monoxide–induced dream bird—it unfurled large wings as it circled the stranded vehicle, somehow melting the snow to free the stuck car and very likely saving the lives of all the band members. One can only wish that Point Pleasant’s Mothman had been able to do as much for the people who died in the collapse of that town’s doomed bridge.
The other takes a path northward along the western foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, crosses diagonally over Pennsylvania and New York toward the northeast and finally ends up near Canada. Hall notes that although the birds themselves may be unusual, “the distribution of these birds is not unusual [emphasis mine] and the habits they exhibit are what would be expected of birds of this kind. The habits that are indicated by the known reports and the Indian lore are those of a migratory bird of prey.
American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, and Sightings in America by Linda S. Godfrey