Back Hairs: "Hair color is described as dark, dark brown, or black in over half of the reports. The most common variants are a medium or light brown, or even reddish brown. Some observers describe them as being much lighter in color. " G.S. Krantz, Bigfoot Sasquatch Evidence. Blaine, WA., 1999. p.148.

a certain phenomenal: J. Derrida, Specters of Marx. New York, 1994. p.6.

carnal form: "Because animals exhibit hair in profusion and because we see our own sexuality an animal, the linkage is unavoidable." R. Bly, Iron John. Reading, MA., 1990.

damp: “Sacred women, whatever the school, inherit a constellation of traits: magic travel, horrific self-sacrifice, divine language, and affiliation with the agency of water.” V. Cass, Dangerous Women: Warriors. Grannies and Geishas of the Ming. Lanham, MD., 1999.p.65.

until the killers: M. Atwood. From, "Oratorio for Sasquatch, Man, and Two Androids."

"KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- It's open season on Bigfoot! The population of the once-rare creatures has exploded so spectacularly in recent years that state officials in Tennessee have quietly authorized hunters to shoot them! 'We have to do something to trim their numbers,' confirms a Department of Fish and Wildlife official who asked not to be identified by name. 'If we don't, they'll overrun the forest and start encroaching on inhabited areas. Already, these creatures have started to become pests in some rural parts of the state, raiding garbage bins, farmers' cornfields and vegetable gardens.'

"The season is set to begin June 15 and run to September 15, with hunting limited to the hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The maximum number of kills per season is three for each hunter. And trigger-happy hunters can't wait to step up the challenge, eager to bag their first Bigfoot and take home an impressive trophy to show off to pals. 'To hunt an animal most people have never seen and some don't even believe in would be an incredible experience,' enthuses 38-year Sam Custler of Knoxville, who plans to take his two teenage sons on a Bigfoot hunt.

"'You're talking about a critter that's smarter than a bear and probably even a gorilla. It'll take a lot of skill and patience to track it down. A Bigfoot head mounted over our fireplace and a Bigfoot rug on the floor of our den would be something our whole family would take pride in.'

"According to cryptozoologists, who study creatures whose existence has not been substantiated, it is estimated that in the 1930s there were only 45 Bigfoots throughout North America, and they were probably one of the most endangered species in the world. But in the late '70s, for reasons unknown, the creatures began breeding like jackrabbits, particularly in Tennessee's Blue Ridge Mountains.

"'Hikers in the backwoods would often come across Bigfoot couples going at it like teenagers on a lover's lane,' notes a leading researcher. Thanks to the Bigfoot baby boom, experts believe the creatures' population has soared to 960 in Tennessee alone -- and it's still growing fast. And officials are claiming that's what turned Bigfoot from a rare natural treasure into a nuisance.

"So, quietly informing hunters through private organizations, authorities have spread the word that a decades-long, unspoken ban on shooting the lumbering, 7-foot-plus man-beasts has been lifted. Despite efforts to keep the hunting secret, animal-rights activists have gotten wind of the program and are crying foul. 'We oppose all hunting, but the mass slaughter of a gentle and intelligent creature like Bigfoot is obscene,' says a spokesperson for the Southeastern Association for the Preservation of Wildlife."

M. Foster, Weekly World News.

our language: L'homme sauvage "was usually depicted as covered all over with hair, except for knees, elbows, and face, and he had a full beard....Unable to speak, he shunned man and was devoid of knowledge of God, which meant either he did not have the use of his reason or else he did not possess it. Unable to control his passions, he assaulted lone women in the woods. However, he was intimately acquainted with nature's secrets. which he sometimes shared with peasants; at times he would tend their cattle or would heal a wounded knight with herbs. But his closest associated were bears and devils." O.P. Dickason, "The Concept of L'Homme Sauvage. In, M.M. Halpin and M.M. Ames, editors, Manlike Monsters on Trial. Vancouver, Canada, 1980. pp.71-2.