As Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero explain in Abominable Science, the Bigfoot phenomenon is a product of the twentieth century; however, Bigfoot believers have tried to establish a more venerable provenance for Bigfoot by cherry picking details of Native American mythology and European wild man folklore. In addition, some proponents have suggested that Norse explorers of North America encountered Bigfoot a millennium ago. In my presentation, I will discuss how wishful thinking and enthusiastic avoidance of primary sources have led some Bigfoot enthusiasts into the territory of preposterous pseudohistory.
Eve Siebert has a Ph.D. in English literature from Saint Louis University, specializing in Old English, Middle English and Old Norse. Her article, “Monsters and Dragons and Dinosaurs, Oh My: Creationist Interpretations of Beowulf,” appeared in the Jan./ Feb. 2013 edition of Skeptical Inquirer. She has taught college writing and literature for many years.
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