|J.C. Johnson, left, and Leonard Dan, right, inspect a chunk of watermelon that might have been clawed or bitten by Bigfoot before they found it in the road Saturday in Upper Fruitland. (Jenny Kane)|
The Navajo Nation covers 27,425 square miles, occupying portions of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico. Recently a report was filed from New Mexico and published in
Access to the oral traditions of Native Americans has long been coveted by Bigfooters, often Bigfoot tales are as elusive as the creature itself due to the spiritual relationship the Native Americans have with the phenomena.
In recent years, there have been more Native Americans willing to speak about Bigfoot, in fact according to this new report, they are seeing many cryptids creatures that may be considered fantasy by some.
Below is a short portion of Jenny Kane's article for Farmington Daily news.
By Jenny Kane
Farmington Daily Times
FARMINGTON, N.M. — A smashed watermelon is spread out in the middle of a dirt road in Upper Fruitland, a community where everything from giant pterodactyls to walking lizards to furry children has been reported.
The watermelon happens to be for Bigfoot, another one of the inhabitants of the bucolic town on the outskirts of the Navajo reservation.
“My grandma left it for him,” says Felicia Frank, who lives nearby. “I said, `Grandma, you’re feeding Bigfoot?’”
Down the road, Frank points out where several people have sighted the legendary, hairy being, along with other odd species.
“Things like this happen all the time on the rez,” she says, noting that it is not just in Upper Fruitland that these extraordinary sightings occur.
It's just a matter of getting people to talk about it.
Driving though the Navajo reservation, no one would know the vast tribal land is thought by cryptozoologists to be home to so many outlandish species.
“Navajo stories go way back, for years,” said Leonard Dan, a self-proclaimed cryptozoologist, someone who studies animals thought to be extinct.
“There have been sightings of Pegasus, and of Griffins,” Dan said, referring to two creatures thought by most to come from Greek mythology.
Recently, an unusual number of people on the reservation also have spotted Centaurs, another animal of Greek mythology that is human on top and equine on the bottom.
“I had more reports of Centaurs than Bigfoot this spring,” said J.C. Johnson, Dan's partner and fellow self-proclaimed cryptozoologist.
Src: The Daily Times
There's more to this article that covers some of the stranger cryptids.