the CORRELATION between sasquatch & the cave punan DISCOVERY
The origins of Sasquatch have been widely debated by researchers from across the globe. How do we find out what Sasquatch is when evidence is so scarce? The answer lies in known species. When analyzing the physical attributes of this creature, we conclude that its origin points to either man or ape. However, with either conclusion, a question still begs: How have they remained undetected for so long? The answer lies in the intelligence of this species. The reported behavior of Sasquatch has seemed to pull its origins closer to human than ape. Let’s take a ride through the world’s greatest jungles, to discover the correlation in lifestyle between indigenous people and the North American Sasquatch.
If Sasquatch is an adapted indigenous people, how could they have remained hidden for so long? We must observe existing remote hunter-gatherers to analyze the skills and adaptations needed to survive in the wild. Steve Lancing is an anthropologist working in the islands of Indonesia since 1971. Indonesia consists of 17,000 islands and is known for having the greatest diversity of human genes and languages on the planet. In 2018, Lancing and a few colleagues were working on genetic studies, communicating with Indonesian scientists to uncover their unknown ancestors and produce medication for local diseases. Lancing was holding a medical clinic in a resettlement community in Borneo when the leader of a resettled Punan indigenous group approached him, advising him that a small group of Punan people were still living in remote caves as hunter-gatherers. (CLICK READ MORE TO CONTINUE)
Scientists previously believed that the resettlement of the Punan people happened many years ago, and that their hunter-gatherer days were long gone. However, after a few months, Lancing was led by the Punan leader to a cave system filled with indigenous people. They spoke with Lancing using the established Malay language, and soon communicated that they call themselves the “Cave Punan.” Lancing was eager to establish a relationship with this group to understand their way of life. Lancing soon realized that the Cave Punan did not want to be studied with nothing in return. They asked for a clinic for medical help, and efforts to stop the deforestation and implementation of palm oil plantations. After acknowledging their struggles and agreeing to their bargain, Lancing began observing their culture. His findings were incredible.
On the first night, Lancing camped out by the cave and was awoken by a strange singing in an unknown language. He asked the Cave Punan what these songs were. They explained that this is their song language, a completely different language from their spoken word, that is typically performed laying down in the cave. Lancing tried to interpret the song, but had trouble matching it up to known words. In order to piece together new indigenous languages, historical linguists record 200 core vocabulary words that transfer from tribe to tribe, and piece together the unique elements of each tribe’s language from there. What struck Lancing so much was the words in the song language. He had never heard them before and could not identify any core vocabulary words. The songs do not relate to the Cave Punan’s spoken language, Malay, or any other known language. Lancing explains that in many indigenous communities, songs are used exclusively for rituals. The Cave Punan’s song language is very different, as it is an expression of one’s self using the first person, documenting one’s experiences and asking for guidance. Important to note, it is often performed as a duet. Lancing and his team struggled to find the origin of this communication, but their next discovery would leave them baffled.
There is another form of language used by the Cave Punan…the stick language. Within this method of communication, a Punan name can be expressed on the stick. Attaching leaves, branches and other debris will communicate a message to others, trained to identify the formations. The direction of the stick is which direction the individual went, and the length of the stick is how far they’ve gone. This helps them to navigate the cave systems without getting lost. Similarly, deep in the Amazon rainforest, a small tribe of 35 individuals called Tsapanawas have been living in complete isolation from the outside world. During a hunt, the men of the tribe use arrows to kill their prey, however interestingly, they communicate with one another using whistles, and keep direction by snapping and placing branches along their route. The Tsapanawas are just another example of a small community that uses nature to their advantage.
There are about 50 families of Cave Punan people. As they follow the seasons of fruit trees, honey, animals, and bird’s nests, they travel in small groups between rock shelters, caves, and forest campsites. By using natural structures to host them throughout their travels, this group can remain undetected by others. The women gather raw materials as the men hunt using dogs, spears, and blow guns. They share everything with their community. The Cave Punan are isolates. Both their spoken language, song language, and population genetics prove that this group of people have been in the jungle alone for a very long time. Anthropologists are working hard to understand hunter-gatherers, in order to gain insight into our ancestors’ methods of survival. It surely wasn’t easy to stay alive under harsh conditions and other circumstances, which is why Lancing argues that the Cave Punan are not primitives. He stresses the point that this community has a vast knowledge of the uses of plants and a deep understanding of the environment. To be able to live the way they do, construct classical poetic songs in an ancient language, and rely so heavily on each other within the community, they have to be a highly intelligent and advanced civilization. Now, how does this correlate with Sasquatch? If we take a look at the cave Punan’s way of communication, we start to see striking similarities between their cultures.
Perhaps the most compelling pieces of evidence in the Bigfoot field are the Patterson-Gimlin film and the Sierra Sounds. The PG film depicts a creature walking upright, effortlessly across the rough terrain of Northern California. Many argue that because of the thick hair coating the subject in the film, that it must be ape in origin. However, take a look at the subject’s face. Upon further examination of the film, and some enhancement of the frames, we see that the subject’s facial features sway more human than ape. Perhaps if Sasquatch is an indigenous people, they have adapted to the cold climates and high elevations within the U.S. by growing a coat of hair. The Sierra sounds are a close-second in the most credible Sasquatch evidence to date. The recordings were captured in the remote Sierra mountains by a few hunters who began experiencing strange activity from large, hairy creatures at night. After analysis by experienced linguists, the recordings were determined to be credible capturings of an unknown, sophisticated language. There is a clear correlation between this discovery and the discovery of the Cave Punan’s song language. Both languages are untraceable, yet sophisticated. Similarly, a (not yet released) recording of a possible song language in the forests of Oregon captured by researcher Connor Anderson has surfaced. The recording has been dissected by Sasquatch researchers and points to no known origin. However, the song recorded in the audio is extremely compelling, revealing changes in pitch and a unique musicality. If this recording is of a Sasquatch singing, we can conclude that their intelligence must either match or surpass our own. The last correlation between Sasquatch and the Cave Punan is perhaps the most striking: their stick language. Time and time again, witnesses report Sasquatches leaving strange stick formations and snapping branches at the 8 foot mark on large, hefty trees. Formations include archways, tree snaps, teepee-like structures, and large nests. Researchers like Shane Corson from the Olympic Project have discovered possible birthing nests arranged in a triangular formation, deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwestern U.S. The last Alaskan Homesteader, Duane Ose, recalls a story from when he was trapping in the winter months in rural Alaska. After seeing several Sasquatch creatures, Ose followed a blood trail into a sink hole, and discovered a structure made of woven branches resembling a mattress within what seemed to be a naturally-made shelter. These discoveries by researchers and outdoorsman line up with what Lancing observed from the Cave Punan. However, this tribe is not the only one with similarities to Sasquatch. The Tsapanawas tribe also demonstrates techniques used by Sasquatches, like communicating with one another using whistles, and keeping direction by snapping and placing branches along their route. Documentation of Sasquatch whistling dates back to the first nations people and is depicted in many totems and pictographs.
We need to remember that the requirements for being classified as an intelligent people do not entail technology, formality, and advanced architecture. The Cave Punan of Borneo and the Tsapanawas tribe of Brazil are a perfect example of an intelligent group of indigenous people living differently than modern day humans. The Cave Punan do not build structures, but rather utilize the natural terrain for shelter and travel. They do not trade for food; they hunt and gather it all. They speak an ancient language. They have ancient cultural traditions that have survived many generations. They live in small family groups in a community of 50 individuals. They use objects from the environment to communicate. They work together in a very organic way to ensure group survival over individual. If this small indigenous tribe is still thriving after thousands of years of remote living in the jungles of Borneo, then surely there is a possibility of a similar group living undetected in the U.S. We see striking similarities between Sasquatch and the Cave Punan.
This indigenous group has remained undetected for so long by navigating using stick structures, passing down an untraceable ancient language, utilizing natural shelters, and sharing a strong sense of community. This group has been living away from others for a long time, but what if this isolation period was even longer? Homo Sapiens have been around for 200,000 years. If Bigfoot is a type of human, perhaps its species emerged earlier than ours. That would surely give it time to migrate to North America during Pangea, develop adaptations like hair and size growth, and establish close-knit communities and remote, natural shelters. The Cave Punan and Tsapanawas tribe are just a few examples of intelligent isolated communities living deep in the wilderness. Perhaps there will be a new discovery of a similar community…this time, in North America.
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