Dave Paulides holds two degrees from the University of San Francisco, and has a professional background that includes twenty years in law enforcement and senior executive positions in the technology sector. A boyhood camping experience with his father in the late 1960s sparked his interest in Bigfoot. In 2004 he formed North America Bigfoot Search where his investigative and analytical experience were invaluable in researching Bigfoot sightings. He spent two years living among the Hoopa tribal members, listening to and recording their Bigfoot stories. The Hoopa Project is his first book, based upon his experiences in the Bluff Creek area of Northern California. Harvey Pratt was educated at the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During his forty-year career in law enforcement he was involved in many high-profile investigations, including the Green River killer, BTK killer, Ted Bundy, the I-5 killer, and the Murrah Federal Building bombing. Harvey is a highly skilled forensic sketch artist specializing in witness descriptive drawing, skull tracing, age progression, soft tissue reconstruction, and photo restoration. Harvey is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes and is recognized as one of the traditional Cheyenne Peace Chiefs.
In his book, 'Tribal Bigfoot, ' Dave Paulides switches the light
on to a subject that has too long been in the dark. With an
emphasis on Native American connections to the Sasquatch, Paulides
brings back the art of the eyewitness interview that has, for so
long, been neglected in favor of scientific testimonials that
confuse the reader with the complex jargon. This book contains no
fuzzy photos, but instead contains the rendered images of Harvey
Pratt, a renowned forensic artist...who rendered them from the two
greatest cameras ever built, the human eye and mind. The combined
talents of Paulides and Pratt result in the captured events in the
lives of so many eyewitnesses that an understanding of this complex
subject develops that is compelling. Paulides is a prodigious note
taker that rarely misses a thing in the huge amount of footwork
that he has done for this work. The reader can actually accompany
Paulides to the many and varied places that he has traveled and
feel that the experience is theirs as well. All the testimony is
accompanied by legal documents that are signed by the eyewitnesses
themselves, and all sketches and artwork are signed off...that they
are accurate representations of what was seen.
This is a work that I am especially appreciative of because it has not filtered through the bad versions of the Patterson-Gimlin film, but stands alone on its own merit. I encourage anyone that is interested in the subject to, by all means, get themselves a copy of 'Tribal Bigfoot' by Dave Paulides. This book will illuminate the dark places on this subject matter and make the whole subject more easily understandable.
Review by Henry May
July 3, 2009
We have all heard how a movie sequel is usually better than the original. 'The Empire Strikes Back, ' 'Godfather II, ' 'Transformers II.' Well, in books, sometimes a sequel comes along that blows its predecessor away; that has happened with the new book 'Tribal Bigfoot.' Those who read David's excellent original book last year (the Bigfoot Book of the Year 2008, ['The Hoopa Project']) know that there was a good deal of reports from the Hoopa reservation in Northwest California. For Tribal, David revisits the NW part of the Golden State, by going to Del Norte, Siskiyou, Humboldt and Trinity Counties to investigate more reports that have been investigated by him and his team. He also revisits Hoopa by asking the witnesses who did not have sketches done for Project to have the sketches made by Harvey Pratt the famed forensic artist, which they are. But Paulides goes beyond NW California in this book; he also travels to the Sooner State of Oklahoma to interview eyewitnesses, as well as to The Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota. Not only are there witnesses interviewed and sketches drawn of eyewitness accounts, but Paulides also comes to some startling conclusions as to the true nature of the Sasquatch, via DNA tests and just talking to the eyewitnesses and hearing their descriptions. The DNA tests yield some very surprising results, and Dave follows the evidence as he sees it to its conclusions - that Bigfoot is truly more human than ape, and that they have a language, according to reports he has investigated of witnesses hearing what sounds like Native American language coming from the woods, and also hearing from Native American elders that if a Native American speaks to a Sasquatch in their native tongue, the Sasquatch will understand it. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and give it not 5, not 6, not even 9, but 10 stars!!!!!! Well-done, Dave and Harvey!!!!!!