Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 24th, 2010
Henry Stokes, over at “I Love Yetis,” has come up with a new graphic. He is attempting to overview the last five decades of the influence of the Abominable Snowmen or Yetis in popular culture. (Both male and female Yetis, I must point out.)
I, too, love Yetis, needless to say. I’m a stickler for details when it comes to Yetis. When I see a Sasquatch or Bigfoot popping into a chart like this, it makes me know that I must be a purist, because I feel uncomfortable. But not abominable.
Henry did it for fun, and I enjoy it, as a visual explanation of impact. Sometimes you have to retain your sense of humor in this field, right?
Update: Indeed, Henry and I are on the same page.
He wrote me this afternoon, with this clarification: “I realize I didn’t make it clear that all of the things with green circles underneath them getting interjected in are meant to be non-Yetis. If you saw any Bigfoots in there, they should be in green circles and are meant as ‘Influences’ and not Yetis.
“I too consider myself an absolute purist and stickler. And always hate it people get Yeti and Bigfoot messed up.
“Hope that clears it up. I really honestly don’t think Bigfoots are Yeti! LOL. I just meant that the popularization of Bigfoot is an influence on depictions of Yeti.”
Okay, now try your hand at naming all these Yetis and fellow travelers. Hint: The answers are NOT over at Henry’s blog. We are doing this as an exclusive exercise here.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.