– Glyphs —

The Written Language of Sasquatch


Thom Cantrall


Brian Bland and Sue Funkhouser

Project Alpha Team

The rain had eased of to a mere mist as the two men carefully moved around the large structure they were investigating in a remote corner of British Columbia, Canada. Rain was a common feature here and was certainly no stranger to these two. The wooden structure they had just located was unique, however and, while they were in an area that other people could certainly have reached, the probability of that was low, so, what had made this device they now marveled over?

As we looked this asterisk shaped structure over carefully, we found that the logs used in its construction had not grown there. They had been moved there and placed it the orientation seen in the photograph. No signs of human presence were found. We photographed the area extensively, made such notes as we felt appropriate and retreated from this area. We could, and have return to this at any time we so felt it necessary.

We investigated the area thoroughly and feel a high degree of confidence in our decision to attribute this to the native population of this area. Can we say with one hundred percent certainty that this is the work of the sasquatch people that reside here? No, we cannot, but with our investigations of the circumstances and the area, I am more than ninety five percent certain that this is the case.

With this experience we formed a loose coalition to investigate and study these structures. We would later find a name for this group, but at the time of this discovery in 2012, “Project Alpha” had not yet been heard of officially. We were just Thom ‘n Tot, the two guys doing that study project on sasquatch writing.

Today, going into the fourth year of this study, we can look back with a degree of detachment on the journey we have been taking. At this time of our inception, we knew of no others who were doing this same work anywhere in the world. I would assume there had to be some who were interested enough to be doing this, but I’m certainly not sure of that.

While we were fascinated by the structures and glyphs we were finding, today, we understand how elementary they actually were. It was like they started us off with printing such as we’d learn in our primary grades in school… most glyphs were strictly two dimensional… there was no Z axis to them.

During this time of learning, we came to understand that there were classes of glyphs we were finding. Most commonly we found that the great majority of these were not for our use, purpose or understanding. They were a communications form they used among themselves. We have estimated that nearly eighty five percent of all that we find falls into this category. Of the remaining fifteen percent, there are distinct categories with “Signature” glyphs being the most common.

Two of the most commonly found glyphs that fall into this category were the “H” glyph and the “4” glyph. The H, we discovered, was the signature of the daughter of the clan leader. Rahjahsay was a young woman at this time and very shortly thereafter took a mate, Forshnah. The 4 is his signature. Please understand this did not leap out at us… we did not know it intuitively. It was the result of much study and contemplation of thousands of photographs of their glyphs.

Authentication became a very big deal for us in our work. It seemed that almost immediately upon sharing our work with others, the haters came out of the woodwork. People who lack the imagination to see what we see or lack the initiative to even look for this began attacking us personally and our work in general. We were “reading tea leaves…” We were making them ourselves… they were simply the work of natural wind and weather… all of these charges were leveled at us with some vehemence in many cases. I wondered if they actually believed that we might not suspect that there are other forces that could be at work here? Could we actually be ignoring the fact that it’s possible for humans to make these glyphs? Were we so ignorant that we would not assess the possibility of other aspects of the possibilities here?

The FIRST thing we do is assume it could be one of these factors that created these works… then we went to work to find clues to authenticate them. We searched for clues diligently… While not always easily found, clues do exist… some are evident and others less so. Some are more compelling than others, but the fact is, they are evidence.

On occasion, we have even been fortunate enough to find a glyph made directly adjacent to a footprint, or, more rarely, a larger glyph with a trackway directly through the glyph. Occasionally, we are blessed with a glyph made in a track… when we find these, it is generally a very significant type of glyph. Most often it is some form of direction glyph, another category of glyph we find often enough to designate it with its own classification.

Although direction glyphs take many forms, they are seldom meant for us, but are part of that eighty five percent that are for their use and understanding. Sometimes they are simply arrows and at others, they are like a T with, I believe, the direction of travel indicated by the blunt or cross part of the T.

The “naturally occurring” people turn up often… “Oh, this is just the result of winds blowing them this way… If that were so, what would be the odds of finding this:

These three triangle glyphs were found over two years and were many miles apart. British Columbia certainly must have consistent winds, huh? Anyone who can argue that these are random and a work of the wind… well, I have a bridge for sale he might be interested in. I must point out that this is only a FEW of this glyph… we must have fifteen or so pictures of this structure taken across many miles of B.C. and Washington.

The year 2013 held some new surprises for us. First, they raised the ante to play the game. Early in the year, we started finding some new wrinkles in our glyph deciphering hat. A Z-Axis was introduced… now, suddenly, we were finding glyphs constructed in three dimensions… not only were they left and right, up and down, but now they came off the page at us! It was as if we had just graduated from kindergarten printing to third grade cursive writing! We had arrived! Of course, we now understood even less of what we were seeing, but it did open a whole new world to us!

The glyph displayed here has some further significance to it as well as being the first really Three-D glyph found. It is made of branches from a birch tree. In this area of British Columbia, birch trees grow only in the river and creek bottoms… not three miles up a side hill above the river where this was found in the snow. Also, there are no tracks around it even though it was obviously made after the last snowfall or there would be snow ON the branches as well. There is not. Further, this was not in an area where humans would attend at this time of year or could not without leaving a trackway of their own. No such trackway was encountered.

In this structure, the branch that is running from the right and up at forty five degrees toward the left is buried deeply in the snow. The other two are merely placed on top of that cross member to give the lift that keeps it off the snow. These last two pieces are stuck into the snow only far enough to keep them in place on the structure.

In July of this year, we, as a team, attended Todd Neiss’s “Beachfoot” gathering in Waldport, Oregon. We were asked to give a presentation on this subject which we willingly did… even though it met with skepticism from some quarters and total rudeness and disdain from a couple of people. It mattered not to us as we are quite used to people with little to no experience in the sasquatch phenomenon being the most difficult to show simple respect for another person’s effort.

While a couple of people were disdainful, most of those attending found it interesting at least and compelling at times. Several people came to us to tell of finding similar structures… even while here at the gathering. Some took us to places they had encountered exactly what we were speaking of at our presentation. The ultimate waited until our last morning there. It was after our presentation…

Upon arising that last morning, one of my tent-mates decided it was time to start breaking camp… at least somewhat… to that end, she decided to remove the rain fly from over our tent. When she went to the end to remove the stake and line that held it in place, a new glyph was there… it had NOT been there the night before… this stake was just outside the door of one of our colleague’s tent and she would have noticed any such thing. Notice that the large stick is distending the tie down cord for the rain fly… and it is over the sticks that make up part of the glyph… none of us have any idea what the meaning of this is other than to just let us know they were there. The timing would so indicate.

There were, of course naysayers and detractors concerning this, but I have learned to ignore the fools and just go ahead. No one ever created anything worthwhile by listening to detractors.

A month later, I was in camp with a crew of people, including our co-researcher, Sue at a place in Oregon we had dubbed Camp Broken Arrow. CBA is in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, southwest of Mt. Hood. The spot was beautiful and activity was rampant. We had nightly visitations from the big people… even had them walking through camp and talking. One of the stranger manifestations occurred while we were not in camp.

One facet of the signature glyphs that became quite personal was when we discovered they had a glyph used to signify us. Above is my personal identity glyph which was found in B.C., Canada.

One afternoon in Oregon, we decided as a group to drive around the area and see what we could discover. The drive took much of our day as there was much to see and do in this beautiful area of Oregon and no one was very anxious to miss it. All ten people in camp were with us on this outing, no one was left behind. The camp was empty when we left and when we returned, the tracks in the road leading in to our spot told us no other vehicle nor individual had entered the area in our absence.

On returning to camp, I was quite tired. I had been undergoing some rigorous health adjustments and this trip started out very difficult for me. When I landed out of Jim’s little truck, I immediately started for my chair that was under the sun fly near our fire pit. I sat down and relaxed while I waited for the others to join me for conversation, likely about what we had seen on our outing. As I relaxed there, I allowed my eyes to drift downward and there, on the ground near my feet was a glyph… MY glyph…

I was totally astounded by this event. I sat in awe of what I was seeing. Here… over three hundred miles from where we found the original, I was looking at its virtual twin!

The quality and complexity of their glyphs continues to increase. Every time out we find more intricate and interesting designs. They seem to know no bounds to the art they perform as they continue to amaze those of us on this Alpha Project.

When we started, no one was talking about or, really, looking for glyphs… there were a few who knew what they were, but only THE few… this has changed now. Today there are people in many states across the land who are recording and chronicling the appearance of these enigmatic forms. We have watchers from Florida, Georgia, and all parts of the Southeastern part of the country through the midwest… the mountain west as well as California, north to Canada.

Our research goes on… we continue to find more and learn more. We hope to be able to decipher the meanings of more and more of these beautiful structures as time goes along. Today, we have over fifteen thousand photographs of glyphs and add to it regularly. What is coming? We have no idea, but it’s going to be a fun trip in finding out!