Posted by: Craig Woolheater on June 27th, 2014
Posted by Dr. Jeff Meldrum, June 25, 2014:
Recently my good friend and colleague, Dr. John Bindernagel, had this to say:
I would be remiss if I did not register my disappointment at the recent and increasingly widespread use of the terms “squatch,” and “squatching,” which denigrates the Halcolmelm (Coast Salish) name Sasq‘ets, anglicized many years ago as “sasquatch,” and which has been more-or-less accepted by the relevant Aboriginal people.
Along with many of my Aboriginal friends, co-workers, and colleagues—and more than a few non-native investigators—I am saddened and disappointed by the lack of sensitivity displayed by the increasing use of the term “squatch” to describe a being of cultural importance to North American Aboriginal people. As if, by so doing so, we have appropriated it as our own.
It is similar disappointing to hear dedicated research into this subject by both serious amateurs and professional investigators denigrated as a trivial or recreational activity, increasingly referred to as “squatching.”Dr. John Bindernagel ~ May 16, 2014
For all who know John — he and his good wife Joan, are the salt of the earth. This insight, offered by one who has gone to great lengths to lay this evidence seriously and objectively before the scientific community, through scholarly monographs and publications, presentations at professional meetings, and sage interviews on TV documentaries, should be taken to heart. I concur wholeheartedly with and strongly echo his admonishment. Let’s strive to keep the standards of professionalism high.
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.