Friday, November 16th, 7:30 PM
Wy'east Event Series at The Resort at the Mountain presents
Molly Gloss and Robert Michael Pyle
WILD NIGHTS: A Wilderness Big Enough for BIGFOOT
Robert Michael Pyle, noted scientist and nature writer, spent a year in the Dark Divide of Washington State to research the possible existence of Sasquatch and recorded his journey in "Where Bigfoot Walks: The Dark Divide."
Molly Gloss, honored Oregon novelist, wrote passionately about the rugged and remote NW wilderness and speculated about the world of Bigfoot in remote Northwest forests in her imaginative novel "Wild Life."
Whether as a flesh-and-blood creature or as a shadow of our own fears and desires, Bigfoot walks in the Pacific Northwest. What is this alter ego, this legend, this animal? From both a biologist's and a writer's standpoints, Bob will bring Bigfoot alive for you. After setting the scene with visuals from the dramatic and mysterious land of the Dark Divide, he will share striking passages from his book and subsequent experiences that have kept Bigfoot alive and well in his own sensibility; and argue for a passionately open mind about that which we do not fully know.
What is the American "idea" of wilderness? How does our individual experience of wilderness shape our land ethic? Is Bigfoot, whether real or not, our ultimate metaphor for wilderness? Molly's talk, centered around her experiences while writing the novel Wild Life, looks not only at the meaning of wilderness and the human response to it, but the ways in which Western literature, having the wilderness experience at its center, explains and defines and acts upon American culture.
Tickets: $15.00 (under 12, $7.50) available for purchase exclusively at Wy'east Book Shoppe & Art Gallery (503-622-1623 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please note that the event will take place at The Resort at the Mountain in the Mallards Building (east side of Welches Road) in the 'Trees' Meeting room.
We expect to sell out so get your tickets early!
Robert Michael Pyle
In the early 1990s, Pyle, a scientist with a Ph.D.
from Yale University, was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship to investigate the legends of Sasquatch, which became the basis of his critically-acclaimed book, Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide.
His trek through the wilderness of the Dark Divide uncovered a giant fossil footprint, brought him to Indians who told him of an outcast tribe whose members had not evolved fully into humans; and led him attend the Sasquatch Daze, where he met scientists, hunters, and crackpots who devote their lives to Bigfoot.
While he never saw Bigfoot, Pyle was told by the Army Corps of Engineers that the creature's existence was "not unlikely."
The multi-award-winning author Molly Gloss is a fourth-generation Oregonian, who was originally discovered by the great Ursula K. Le Guin. Her works have been selected for such honors as the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for American Fiction (as a finalist), the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the H. L. Davis Oregon Book Award.
Her novel, Wild Life, set in 1905 in the mountains and woods of Washington State, features an outrageous early-twentieth century, cigar-smoking feminist who becomes lost in the woods while fleeing from a terrifying storm. Starving and desperate, she encounters a group of huge, hairy humanoids - gentle, shy, intelligent creatures who gradually accept her presence. She comes to share their terror of humans and the reason for that terror. Eventually, Charlotte returns home, her outlook profoundly altered.
Please note that this event will take place at The Resort at the Mountain in the Mallards Building (east side of Welches Road) in the 'Trees' Meeting room.
We expect to sell out so get your tickets early!
Saturday, November 17th, 10:00 - 3:00
Wy'east Event Series at The Resort at the Mountain
Come and meet with Bigfoot searchers and Field Researchers to learn more and to network and share information.
Talks and power point presentations from a number of field experts will take place during the day as follows.
At 11AM Thom Powell
(of ThomSquatch) who lives on the Clackamas River will speak about local reports and "Paradigm Shifts: What's new in Bigfoot Research"
At 1PM Chris Minniear of the Bigfoot Field Research Organization who will talk about the amazing February 2012 "London" track find south of Eugene and plans for an up-coming Expedition in the Coast Range.
At 2PM Todd Neiss
of Sandy who will speak about his 1993 encounter (three creatures were seen by Todd and several other individuals in the Oregon Coast Range) and current Bigfoot theories, an overview of expeditions and investigations. Todd is the founder of American Primate.
Guy Edward of Portland's Bigfoot Lunch Club will also be in attendance.
Informational displays (including track casts, books, etc.) and opportunities for
interaction with experts, questions and networking will be provided for all attendees throughout the 10 AM - 3 PM event at The Resort at the Mountain's main building in the Trees meeting room.
Admission is FREE for those who have tickets for the
Friday "Wild Nights" event
but is $5.00 for all others.
Tickets: $5.00 (under 12 with adult, FREE)