A few words of introduction…I am, in my adult life, a licenced architect (Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin, with Florida and Utah pending!), interior designer, photographer & emerging writer.  I’ve had experiences and encounters with the EC (see below…!) since I was a child, living in South Dakota.  At the age of seven/eight, I had my first experience with the EC, although I did not realise it at the time. It was perched in a tree in the woods behind our house, and I was not frightened of it, not at all.

Growing up in South Dakota, I made friends with many Lakota children. They taught me many words; I have forgotten most of them, but two of them remained: Sinteĥlaĥla, which meant Rattlesnake, and Chiye-Tanka, which meant Big Brother.  I did not know what it meant, however; when I asked the other boys about it, they just shrugged, and said, “Big Brother; he watches us.”  Later, of course, I realised what they had meant; I was astonished to think of the many times I had played in the woods, and I wondered….

Further interactions occurred in the winter of 1977, just before we moved to Illinois. Since then, I’ve had many other encounters, not all of them peaceful, not all of them dangerous, but all of them memorable. Along the way, I’ve realised my true passion within this field: the study, analysis and interpretation of EC-related branch assemblies, glyphs and stick structures. Many of these are highlighted in my Field Reports, categorised by location (Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, et al) and by year (mainly from 2007 onward, although some Encounter Reports go back further!).

Some years ago, I took up shamanic work, in an attempt to better comprehend my life, in a positive fashion. I was guided by a very wise Lakota shaman. When I would ask him questions, he would listen carefully, and think a long time, before he spoke.  He explained the name Chiye-Tanka.  To the Lakota, they are the Big Elder Brothers; they are not to be feared, but they are not to be approached.  Chiye-Tanka resonated with me; I thought it appropriate, and asked the shaman if I might use it. “No,” he answered, “You are not Lakota.  Big Brother is an acceptable term,” he said. “The word ‘Bigfoot’ is a white-man’s name; the concept of it is distasteful.”

I use the term Elder Children, or EC; I have used it since.  I use it in respect; I use it in remembrance; I use it in gratitude.


Sanjay R Singhal, RA
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Field Report 04.22.2017b: Newaygo County

This photograph presents a view of the extraordinarily large tipi assembly, as viewed from the road; again, we did not investigate further, as we could not be certain the assembly was on public land.  Notice the large, heavy branch of Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) stabilising the other branches in the assembly.  Also notice the forked, centre branch component, which receives the third (left-hand) component.  Another, curious feature of this assembly is the fourth component: a long, slanted branch lower to the ground; this appears remarkably similar to the tipi assembly observed at Area P earlier that day.  Original photograph by Sanjay R Singhal, RA. Copyright © 2018 Sanjay R Singhal. All rights reserved.

Field Report 04.22.2017b

To open the Report, simply double-click on the words “FIELD REPORT” above, and the PDF file will open for you; you may then download the file to your own computer, or read here, at your leisure.

Substantiation of this Report is minimal at best; I do not know of any persons conducting field work in this specific portion of the Manistee-Huron National Forest. [1]  There are no published accounts on the BFRO website (Bigfoot Field Researchers’ Organisation), although numerous reports have been published for Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, and Oceana Counties, all immediately adjacent to Newaygo County. [2]  Further substantiation may be provided by my own field work at Areas K and P. [3] [4]

The combination of events described in this Report are as follows:

  1. The eerie quiet and stillness in the woods, experienced throughout;
  2. The possible, large X-branch configuration observed from the road;
  3. The extraordinarily large tipi assembly observed from the road;
  4. The use of Eastern Red Cedar within the assembly, as a stabilising element;
  5. The remarkable similarity of same to the tipi observed at Area P earlier that day.

These behaviours, and the history of my own experiences, may be considered sufficient to suggest the presence of EC [5] in Newaygo County in the late spring of 2017.

A number of subjective events also occurred.  While these cannot be considered conclusive evidence, neither should they be discounted. Although it is reasonable to review the impact of non-objective stimuli in this Report, such effects, while personally quite vivid and at times overwhelming, are nonetheless nearly impossible to substantiate with any measure of certainty.

[1] USDA Author(s).  Welcome to the Huron-Manistee National Forests!  USDA Forest Service.  2014.  Web.  Accessed 15 December 2014. The Manistee National Forest is administered in combination with the Huron National Forest.

[2] BFRO Author(s).  Michigan.  Bigfoot Field Researchers’ Organisation.  2018.  Web.  Accessed 23 June 2018.  Within these counties, there are twenty published reports as of 23 June 2018.

[3] Sanjay R Singhal.  Field Report 10.06.2012: Area K.  Beyond The Forest.  8 June 2015.  Web.  Accessed 23 June 2018.  Area K is located within the Manistee-Huron National Forest area.

[4] Ibid.  Field Report 04.18.2014: Area P.  Beyond The Forest.  6 September 2015.  Web.  Accessed 4 May 2018.

[5] EC, in this context, stands for “Elder Children”, as usual.

Sanjay R Singhal, RA
Copyright © 2018 Sanjay R Singhal.  All rights reserved.

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