Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 22nd, 2007
New images and news of Yetis being celebrated are demonstrating a growing renewed interest in the ancient hairy ones of the Himalayan Mountains.
Above is a new image of the Yeti by artist RobRoy Menzies (pictured below), who was profiled over the weekend on his local NBC affiliate (click here).
Menzies’ illustration is intriguing because he is showing how these creatures can seemingly merge with their environment. No doubt a rare few Abominable Snowmen, who are more often reported to be reddish-brown than white, are lighter colored. Perhaps there’s a winter coat color phrase that is off-white in rare cases, and a brown one for the hot months spent in the montane valleys?
As far as Menzies’ treatment of the feet of the Met-Teh (the large mansized Yeti), the image is done without reference to the more pongid configuration of the tracks found by various Abominable Snowmen hunters and locals. The feet of Klyver’s and Trumbore’s Yeti below are more realistic attempts to capture what shows in the Eric Shipton (1951) footprint photograph. The Disney interpretation is the one least based in reality, and trails off into entertainment fantasy.
Meanwhile, in Paris…
A new exhibition has opened highlighting the Yetis of Ludovic Boulard Le Fur.
In Maine, former Pennsylvania art professor, now a successful wildlife and closet cryptozoo artist, Richard Klyver has completed his remarkable Abominable Snowman, as shown above, for his new tee-shirts. He is generously donating $2.50 from the sale of each tee-shirt to support my cryptozoology research. Pick up one of the hottest cryptids on a tee for the hot months.
If interested in purchasing, please contact Klyver at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk to him about PayPal or snail mail check payment. The cost is $20 per shirt and includes domestic postage, for one shirt (sizes S, M, L, XL), with the Abominable Snowman on it. Be sure to include your shipping address with your PayPal payment.
For more on the history of Yeti searching, including the grand years involving Tom Slick, Sir Edmund Hillary, and other American, English, and Japanese expeditions, pick up Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology (Fresno, CA: Craven Street-Linden Press, 2002). The book is going to be made into a major motion picture in the next half decade, but details on the specifics are top secret right now.
Down in Florida, the Disney World attraction Expedition Everest continues to have much success as an attraction recreating the hunt for the Yeti in the 1950s.
Finally, Harry Trumbore’s drawing of a Yeti appeared in a 2006 field guide.
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.