A few words of introduction…I am, in my adult life, a licenced architect (Illinois, Michigan, and now Wisconsin!), 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.
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 Reports, categorised by location (Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, et al) and by year (mainly from 2007 onwards, although some Reports go back quite a bit further!).
Growing up in South Dakota, I made friends with many Lakota Sioux. 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, and I was astonished to think of the many times I had played in the woods, and I wondered….
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 Sioux 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 Sioux, 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 Sioux. 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
Field Reports are grouped by year; some years are grouped together. As Reports are being revised, and republished, they will be added to the individual pages by year. To see my Reports for a specific year, simply double-click on the links below, or use the Menu to the right:
Early Reports (1973 to 1990/1991)
Later Reports (2003 to 2006)
Field Reports (2007)
Field Reports (2008)
Field Reports (2009 to 2010)
Field Reports (2011)
Field Reports (2012)
Field Reports (2013)
Field Reports (2014)
Field Reports (2015)
Sanjay R Singhal, RA
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