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Amur’s Kalgamashka

Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 27th, 2006

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What is the world’s eight longest river? The Amur, of course, that runs between the far eastern land of Russia and Manchuria, also known as the Black River, with sacred connotations under the Manchu and during the Qing Dynasty. Word comes today of new unknown hominoid encounters along the lower Amur River.

The Russian newspaper Vsja Rossija segodnja on November 27, 2006, reported that the hunter Nikolaj Dechuli from the Daergi settlement has found unusual footprints a few times. He has often seen an unknown being, which he thinks is a bear in the first instant: A giant covered in thick fur stood a few meters from him. His face was the most surprising – it was disproportionally small in comparison with the large body, and had wrinkles like an old person.

The local natives, Nanai, call these beings Kalgamashka, Kalgama, Pujmur or Kal’djami. According to the newspaper, fishermen from the Najkhana settlement claim to have recently seen such a giant on the bank of the river.*

It is not told when exactly this encounters happened. The settlements Daergi and Najkhana lie about 85 miles northeast of the city Khabarovsk on the Amur river. Khabarovsk is the capital of the province with the same name in the far east of Russia.

* Savchenko, A. 2006. Kalgamashka on the lower Amur. Vsja Rossija segodnja, 6816 (in Russian).

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(Thanks to Jean luc Drevillon for the hint on the appearance of this item at the German stgr-primates.de site.)

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.


4 Responses to “Amur’s Kalgamashka”

  1. voodoochild responds:

    I feel that, the revelation; the definitive proof of Bigfoot-type beings, no matter their variants across the world, will come from a more remote part of the world, such as the Amur River valley, discussed above. I think this proof will precede anything that occurs here in the western world. I feel that we (In the U.S.), with our ever-expanding population, have most likely pushed Bigfoot in our part of the world to the point of extinction. I’m sure it is not much different in other parts of the world as well. I think that these beings are, as always, seeking out the more remote parts of the world. However, there are fewer and fewer remote places left, as the world population is growing at an exorbitant pace.

    JMHO, Kevin

  2. planettom responds:

    Another hominoid sighting near water. Probably just stopping off at his favorite watering hole, or looking for a bite to eat. Thought that was interesting, and at least appears to be somewhat true, in this case.

  3. lastensugle responds:

    There’s probably plenty of, different species of, hominid from most of northern Russia, Caucasus mountains and across to most of eastern Russia and Asia. I agree these creatures will most likely seek remote places to live undisturbed, and these areas are, unlike the U.S., the perfect place to do just that.

  4. Alaska-boy responds:

    Actually, if you expand your definition of the “US” to include the 49th state, (Alaska–where I grew up), there are plenty of remote locations where Bigfoot-type beings could live undisturbed. Alaska and Russia were connected not so long ago, and even now there is an ice bridge each winter joining the two. Creatures such as the Kalgamaska could easily inhabit both areas, and likely do. Come up north on your next vacation and tell me that we couldn’t harbor a whole herd of Sasquatch up here! :)



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