PNW Conference on Primal People: May 4-6

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 2nd, 2012

Pacific Northwest Conference on Primal People (Sasquatch)

Pacific Northwest Conference On Primal People–Sasquatch-

May 4, 5, and 6, 2012

At Shiloh Inn, 50 Comstock St
Richland, Washington
(509) 946-4661


Conference Only: $40 per person

Saturday Banquet Only: $35 per person

Entire Weekend: $70 per person

Seniors Entire Conference:  $65 per person

To select your option and REGISTER NOW…  Click on the Link to be taken to the REGISTRATION PAGE.

In Addition to the registration for the event, we are offering certain items for sale to help defray the costs of the event.  To see what we have, Click HERE to see that page.

Schedule of Events: for the Pacific Northwest Conference on Primal People

Friday, May 4th thru Sunday May 6th, 2012

In Richland, Washington

Friday, May 4th

10:00 to   4:00     Sasquatch Field Trip to Blue Mountains          Paul Graves

6:00 to 10:00     Meet and Greet with Musical Presentation     Lenny Green

Saturday, May 5th

8:30 to   9:00     Welcome and Invocation                              Thom Cantrall, Alex Evans, Arla Williams

9:00 to   9:55     Speaker – The Nature of Sasquatch              Arla Williams

9:55 to 10:15     Break

10:15 to 11:10     Speaker – In Search of Sasquatch              Kelly Milner Halls

11:15 to 12:00     Speaker – Sierra Tracks                                Jaime Avalos (Via Skype)

12:00 to   1:00    Lunch

1:00 to   1:55     Speaker -Proving Sasquatch                       Thom Cantrall

2:00 to   3:00    Speaker – Sasquatch DNA                            Dr. Melba Ketchum

3:00 to  3:20     Break

3:25 to  4:25     Speaker – Coconut Telegraph                       Thom Powell

4:30 to 5:25     Speaker – Washington Trails                         Paul Graves

Saturday Evening

6:30 to  7:00    Welcome, Colors & Invocation

7:00 to  7:45    Banquet Speaker                                           Bob Gimlin

7:45 to  8:30     Dinner and Music                                          Lenny Green

8:30 to  9:30     Keynote Speaker                                          Alex Evans

9:30 to 12:00    Karaoke and Conviviality                                No Host

Sunday, May 6th

9:00 to 10:00     Speaker – Sierra Sounds                              Ron Morehead

10:00 to 11:00     Speaker – Sasquatch Language                  R. Scott Nelson

11:05 to 12:00     Speaker – Sasquatch Project                     Dr. Jeff Meldrum

12:00 to 1:00       Speaker – The Olympic Project               Derek Randles

3:00 to 3:15     Closing and Benediction


Shiloh Inn, Richland, WA

(509) 946-4661

The Flagship, Shiloh Inn is offering us discounted rooms and the facilities are first rate with a free breakfast available, free Wifi, Pool, Hot Tub, and Gym onsite. The hotel offers free airport shuttle service to and from the Pasco airport with room reservations, is pet friendly and is set on the very banks of the beautiful Columbia River. All this at very competitive prices make this an option to be considered.

When calling for reservations, tell the hotel you are there for the “PNW International Primal People” Conference. That will get you our discount.

Located in Richland, Shiloh Inn Suites Hotel – Richland is on the Columbia river.

Speakers Profiles

Below is a list of proposed speakers… some have committed, some have given us a verbal OK and a few are still working on scheduling. Whatever happens, you can see this will be a wonderful conference.  Please understand, THIS IS A PRELIMINARY PROPOSAL… nothing is carved into stone yet… but only ONE of the proposed list has not at least VERBALLY committed to attending…

Thom Cantrall:

Thom is a 4th generation native son of the west. He grew up on stories of Sasquatch in and around his northern California home beginning with the stories coming from the far north engendered by the finds of road builder Jerry Crews. Thom lived his life out of doors in proximity to the source, where these tales could assume a new sense of wonder and immediacy.

After spending nine years in the US Navy as a Polaris Missile Technician, Thom was discharged while living on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, a place of extreme wonderment to an outdoors person. He began college in Port Angeles, WA and finished his degree in Logging Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Ask Thom and he will tell you that, when cut, he bleeds purple and gold! He owned and operated a small logging and forestry consulting company on the Peninsula, working and playing in the habitat of the elusive and enigmatic Sasquatch people. It was encounters and sightings in this era that kindled his interest in the creature and led, eventually, to his life today.

Thom is a prolific and liked writer, having written and published numerous articles on subjects varying from construction and logging to hunting and fishing and, recently, more to the subject of Sasquatch and his place in the community of man. He has authored books on historical subjects as well as on Sasquatch. His works include “Ghosts of Ruby Ridge”, “Across the Wide Missouri” and “They Call Me Sasquatch”.

Today, he is a popular speaker and lecturer as well. Thom has a personal relationship with his subject and speaks from a unique perspective. He, with certain others make up a cadre of ambassadors for these magnificent Primal People.

Alex Evans:

Alex is a First Class Artist from Ft. Wayne, IN.  This talented lady has consented not only to bring herself and her art to our conference but to be our Mistress of Ceremonies as well.  Alex is the author of the near full size image of Akanneesha who will be on stage with our speakers this weekend as well as the life-size bust of a Sasquatch Person here in attendance.

The Artist, Alex Evans

Bob Gimlin:

The one man in the Sasquatch world who needs no introduction.  Bob was gracious enough to rearrange his schedule to be able to attend this conference and he generously accepted our offer to be our dinner speaker for the Saturday night banquet. Bob is former U.S. Marine who served in war during the Korean Conflict.  After returning to his Yakima, Washington area home, he began working with rough stock and was a rodeo rider in his off time. During this time, he traveled with and rode in rodeos with his friend and neighbor, Roger Patterson.  During their travels and performances, and whenever he could get Bob to stand still, Roger shared his growing knowledge of all things sasquatch with his reluctant friend.  This interest and Roger’s persistence culminated in a visit to northern California in the fall of 1967 in an attempt to film a documentary on these elusive giants we call Sasquatch.  What happened those forty-four years ago is now a matter of history.  Together, Roger and Bob brought us the finest piece of Sasquatch evidence to have ever come forth.We are honored to provide this time to Bob Gimlin this time to share with us the events and truth of that day.

Paul Graves:

Paul Graves is a sasquatch researcher from Wenatchee, WA who investigates the subject throughout Washington and the Pacific Northwest. He is a lifelong, avid outdoorsman who grew up in the eastern Cascade Mountains. He has been researching sasquatch sightings and searching for evidence since 1988. Paul has been fortunate to have grown up in a geographically rich area with a history of sightings among the local residents and also local Native Americans whose experiences go back 300 years. “Choanito “ is the Wenatchee Indian name for the sasquatch that means “Night People”. He has collected a large amount of evidence that supports the existence of the sasquatch. This includes hundreds of eyewitness accounts, track casts & photographs, audio recordings and other possible relative evidence. He has also had two brief sightings. Paul knows and has worked with scientists, wildlife biologists, and other sasquatch  researchers while investigating this phenomenon.  He also does a lot of his field research by himself.

Paul has shared his knowledge in appearances on a number of TV and a radio shows including, Seattle’s KOMO TV Northwest Afternoon. He has also assisted with or appeared in three History Channel episodes of Monster Quest and shows on A&E, Animal Planet and National Geographic.

Paul states, “I am really interested in Sasquatch behavior and communication. I believe this is a living species, most likely of the hominidae line, and we can attribute certain traits and behaviors to them gleaned from eyewitness observations. These are things – like vocalizations, wood knocking, etc. Paul has gained some of this knowledge firsthand from his many years of research.

Part of his research into sasquatch communication involve wildlife audio recording. He performs spectrographic analysis on the recordings to look for a “voice print” or frequency range and this allows him to compare them with other known animals.

He is currently working with the “Olympic Project” as an eastern Washington representative, and will be guiding and assisting on future field trips.

Paul was born, raised and lived most of his life in Washington state. He and his wife Becky live in North Central Washington in the foothills of the Cascade Range and part time at their cabin in the Cascade Mountains.  They have raised three children. He owns a concrete construction and design business and is also a professional musician, playing with many Northwest bands and also composes and performs his own original music, including many Sasquatch songs.He is currently playing with his new band “TRUE GIANTS”.

Lenny Green:

Singer/Songwriter Lenny Green

Songwriter since 1956
DelFi Recording Artist 1962
Country bandleader & front for 25 yrs.
Staff songwriter in Nashville in the 80s

Songs recorded by Floyd Cramer, Pat Boone, Wynn Stewart, Don Gibson, The Texas Playboys, The Cascades, Moe Bandy, etc.

Song performances of Lenny’s songs by various artists on radio and TV, include the Johnny Carson Show, The Nashville Network, and the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Kelly Milner Halls:

Kelly’s Latest Book

Kelly Milner Halls is a full-time children’s writer specializing in high interest nonfiction for kids 10 and up.  She’s written more than 1,500 articles for Highlights for Children, Boys Life, Dig, Ask, Guidepost for Kids, Children’s Digest, US Kids, Teen PEOPLE, Writer’s Digest, the Denver Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Spokesman Review.  She’s also written almost 30 books including her latest, IN SEARCH OF SASQUATCH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) , TALES OF THE CRYPTIDS (Millbrook), SAVING THE BAGHDAD ZOO (HarperCollins), DINOSAUR PARADE (Sterling) and others.

Her interest in cryptozoology began with watching sea monster documentaries as a child.  After writing TALES OF THE CRYPTIDS, she discovered the evidence for Sasquatch being real was substantial.  She also saw how much the stories meant to young readers.  After speaking to thousands of young people at schools and libraries across the country, she decided to write another book — a nonfiction look at the evidence of Sasquatch’s existance and the people who collect it.  She read dozens of credible books and documents to prepare for the project, she did amateur field work, and she attended the Bigfoot Round-up and tribute to Bob Gimlin in Yakima, Washington in 2009.  Thanks to the contacts she made there, and others, she was able to document the quest to prove Sasquatch could be real — and if he was, would be in need of study and human protection.  Halls makes her home in Spokane, Washington.

Dr. Melba Ketchum:

Dr. Melba S. Ketchum grew up in Texas City, Texas. She is a Moody Scholar and attended Texas A&M University where she received her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine after just five years at the university. She had a mixed veterinary practice until she founded DNA Diagnostics.

Dr. Ketchum has shown horses extensively and has a ranch in Texas where she still maintains registered Quarter Horses and American Paint Horses as well as a herd of Charolais cattle.

Dr. Ketchum is the president and founder of DNA Diagnostics, Inc. dba Shelter Wood Labratories. Established in 1985, DNA Diagnostics ahs become a leader in all types of DNA testing including: human and animal forensics, human and animal paternity, disease diagnostics, trait tests, animal and human identity testing, species identification and sex determination. Most common species of animals are tested at DNA Diagnostics.

Dr. Ketchum has also established a research program ranging from gene mapping to developing the VeriSNP ™ (Patent Pending) platform for universal genetic evaluation in multiple species of animals. Other research includes genetics of disease, population genetics and other genetically important traits such as coat color in animals.

Dr. Ketchum is a past three-term Chairperson of the International Society of Animal Genetics Equine Genetics Standing Committee. She has also been Dog Map Chairperson and a Committee Member on the Dog and Cat Parentage Committee. She is currently the Treasurer for AFDAA, the Association of DNA Analysts and Administrators.  Dr. Melba Ketchum has a daughter and a son and lives on her Attoyac Valley Ranch in East Texas.

Dr. Jeff Meldrum:

Dr. Jeff Meldrum holds a doctorate in anatomical sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is currently an Associate Professor of Anatomy & Anthropology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University. His formal study of primates began with the terrestrial adaptations of African primates, and has since taken him from the skeletal cabinets of far-flung museums, to the remote badlands of Colombia and Argentina in search of fossil New World primates. He has published extensively on the evolutionary history of the South American primates and has described several new extinct species. His attentions are also directed at the emergence of modern human bipedalism and the analysis of fossil hominid footprints. His co-edited volume, From Biped to Strider: the Emergence of Modern Human Walking, Running, and Resource Transport, redirects attention from the origins of simply walking on two legs, to the pattern of emergence of the innovations specifically unique to modern human gait. His interests in the footprints attributed to an unrecognized North American ape, commonly known as sasquatch, came into focus when he literally crossed paths with an enigmatic set of tracks in the mountains of Washington State. He has conducted collaborative laboratory research and field work throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West, as well as China and Russia, and has spoken about his findings in numerous interviews, television appearances, public and professional presentations. His book Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science was described by Dr. Jane Goodall as bringing “a much-needed level of scientific analysis to the sasquatch – Bigfoot – debate.” He currently edits The Relict Hominoid Inquiry, a refereed on-line journal promoting scientific dialogue on this intriguing question.

Ron Morehead:

Ron Morehead

Ron Morehead is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, private pilot, musician, developer of a local hospitality industry, and  researcher. He is best known for his audio evidence of indistinguishable vocalization, known as The Sierra Sounds. The Sierra Sounds Volume #1 “Bigfoot Recordings” is a selection of audio clips captured by Morehead, that reveal very clear Bigfoot vocalizations captured on a crisp night at a remote wilderness camp.

The efforts to have these vocalization studied and authenticated started in 1978. The year long study by a Professor Kirlin states that these creatures have a vocal capability that exceeds the human vocal range. More recently, in 2008, another yearlong study was made by a crypto-linguistic team headed by R. Scott Nelson, and a complex language was discovered.

R. Scott Nelson, Cryptolinguist:

Scott Nelson is a retired Navy Cryptolinguist with over 30 years of training and experience in Foreign Language and Linguistics. This includes, among other duties, the collection, transcription, analysis and reporting of voice communications. Mr. Nelson has logged thousands of hours of voice transcription in his target languages. He has served as a Russian and Spanish interpreter as well as serving a tour in the Persian Gulf as a Tactical Persian Linguist.

Scott received his BS Degree from the State University of New York in Literature and Languages. He has taught Philosophy, Comparative Religion, Russian and Spanish at the Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO.

Mr. Nelson has studied the Berry/Morehead Tapes recorded in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of what is purported to be an unknown language and shares his findings with the scientific community.

Derek Randles:

Derek Randles is the director of the Olympic Project.  He is a long term investigator who is very in tune with the events and occurrences of the Pacific Northwest Region. We are, fortunate to have him available to for this conference.  Derek has dedicated a much of his life to the investigation of Sasquatch friends.

Thom Powell:

Thom Powell is a legend in the field of Sasquatch research.  His many years investigating reports and summarizing the results have led to a very unique and deep appreciation for these beings we call Primal People.  His writings are quoted wherever Sasquatch researchers gather.

Thom authored the Sasquatch research book “The Locals” which was described by reviewer Lisa Kearns as, “a brilliant combination of science and storytelling”. His was the first book to suggest many new ideas that have since been endorsed by most contemporary researchers.  These concepts of habituation, infrasound, and certain paranormal elements were the vanguard of thinking at the time.   Thom has postulated human levels of intelligence in the Sasquatch as well as an awareness of cameras and much more.

Thom has completed his latest novel, “Shady Neighbors”.  It is a fictional account of the Oregon Sasquatch phenomena told from the familiar point of view of a middle school science teacher that is thrust into a hairy mystery.

Ben Vasion:

Ben Vasion is a young man, a high school Senior who lives in Cathlamet, WA on the Columbia River near the Pacific Ocean.  Ben, with is mother and twin brother have an habituation underway in the vicinity of their far Western Washington Home.  Ben has come to share his experience with us.

Arla Williams:

…Grew up in the Oklahoma culture. She has spent the majority of her life hiking and being a part of the natural world around her. Her talents include using natural materials to create beautiful and unique natural jewelry and drums as well as teaching courses to others interested in learning to do so.

Arla has had life long interactions and knowledge of what many call Bigfoot. She had her first encounter as a child of 6 with a young juvenile. She always knew they were there and accepted the fact that they were a people. Arla has a personal relationship with them and has learned much about their life and how they live. Much of the knowledge she has gained comes from a Bigfoot Teacher named Kashima. Arla travels and shares the wisdom of her Elders and the teachings she has been given. She has helped to spread Kashima’s messages to others as well as what she was taught by the Elders. Her message is that it is imperative that we return to a place of respect for all that is around us and see that we are all related to each other. She has been taught that so many have forgotten that and have lost respect, even for themselves.

Arla travels to help support the vision of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers as a “Sister Grandmother”. she also shares stories of her life in connection with the Bigfoot People with those she encounters. In addition to her speaking engagements, she helps to facilitate gatherings that bring together people who want to have a better understanding of the Bigfoot People. In addition, she travels where others are working with groups of Bigfoot People to help bring about a positive outcome in such interactions. Arla can be found on various radio programs and Blog Talk Radio sharing what she knows and what has been given to her throughout her life in her interaction with the Bigfoot People.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

2 Responses to “PNW Conference on Primal People: May 4-6”

  1. bigfoots responds:

    thats a kool squatch head that Meldrum is standing by except they made the eyes way to small.
    the eyes should be about 3 times bigger than human eyes..

  2. Kopite responds:

    Sounds like a great event coming up.

    “”Dr. Melba S. Ketchum grew up in Texas City, Texas. She is a Moody Scholar””

    Moody? Well now I don’t think her behavioural attitude should come into it. LOL.

    (Joke, or at least an attempt at one).

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