The Author Thom Cantrall
The Sasquatch people have yet to endorse a presidential candidate, according to 69-year-old Thom Cantrall, founder of the International Society
forPrimal People and author of the book “Sasquatch: The Living Legend.”
Sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot, are legendary humanlike forest creatures. Though many people doubt their existence, people like Cantrall
are firm believers. Cantrall says Sasquatch live in hidingaround the world, only exposing themselves to people who are ready to see them.
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“These creatures will never ask more of you than you are willing to give. If all you can handle is a roadside sighting in the
middle of the night while you are driving, that’s what you will get,” said the 69-year-old Kennewick man.
Over the years, Cantrall claims to have had many close encounters with the creatures, and says he has both spoken with
them and learned from them. He said that we are entering into an important time in history in which we have the ability to
destroy the human race through ways other than war. Through over-consumption we are making the world’s great predators,
like sharks, extinct, he said. These extinctions ripple their way through the food chain, causing harm to the environment.
For this reason, according to Cantrall, the Sasquatch wish to give us a lesson in respect —“respect for ourselves, respect for
them, respect for others and respect for the planet.”
“Believe me, the world would be a much better place if respect were shown,” he said.
“Look at what our politics have done over the last 20 or 30 years. It’s absolutely vicious now. Truth has been thrown out
the window in favor of how we can embarrass the other person.”
He argues that both Republicans and Democrats are guilty of this disrespect, and that few politicians seem interested in trying to solve
He founded the International Society for Primal People two years ago and claims to have 100 members from around the world in countries including
Russia, Finland and Germany who keep in touch through email and Facebook. Virtually every member in the society has seen the creature, Cantrall said
and others have seen evidence of Sasquatch. They discuss evidence and sightings, and have developed their understanding of the creatures.
Cantrall said that Sasquatch are complex beings that share human evolutionary roots. Their path diverged from our own around 30,000 to 35,000
years ago, he said, and they have developed telepathic powers that our species has generally lost.
He says they are able to communicate mind to mind, without speech, which is how they have chosen to speak with him. But first, he had to prepare his
mind for this communication.
He read magazines and began to learn about Sasquatch sightings when he was a teenager. Tales of loggers and their encounters with Sasquatch
captivated his imagination. So when he started working in the logging industry, he was ready to see evidence. And, fortunately for him,he soon came
across tracks in the snow. Later, he saw distant glimpses of Sasquatch, which he describes as hairy, 9-foot-tall people.
His sightings, he said, became closer and closer until he reached a point where he befriended the creatures. Cantrall, who eventually ran his own
logging company, became a student of a variety of Sasquatch that he calls “the Ancient Ones” — a group of Sasquatch that look a little more
human-like than the others. Still large, they are not quite as hairy as the average Sasquatch, he explained.
He said they taught him about their societies, which he describes as groups of people who have language, rituals and
humor but no possessions or houses as we do.
Cantrall has heard reports of sightings on the Yakima River delta, between Richland and Kennewick and up the
Yakima River in different locations. He said that there also are Sasquatch communities in near Rimrock and Bumping
Cantrall said that his contacts with the Sasquatch have been some of the most rewarding of his life. Simply hearing the
creature’s deep, rumbling laugh fills him with joy, he said. “You’ve never been laughed at until you’ve had a 9-foot-tall
Sasquatch laugh at you.”
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