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, and 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 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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The X Formation: An Analysis and Interpretation

The freestanding ‘X’ formation as first discovered and investigated at Area D; 9 December 2011.  Copyright © 2017 Sanjay R Singhal.  All rights reserved.

The ‘X’ Formation: An Analysis and Interpretation

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Enthusiasts of the Elder Children,[1] among them experienced researchers and investigators, have documented numerous branch assemblies in areas of reported activity; sometimes labelled stick or branch structures, these constructions present indications of artifice, intelligent thought, and intention.

The interpretation and meaning of these assemblies is unclear or at the very least, unconfirmed.  No one, to my knowledge, has ever witnessed their manufacture,[2] [3] although many have reported the discovery of same, in certain and various sites, which appear and/or disappear on a regular basis, sometimes overnight or even within a few days.[4] [5]

Based upon the widespread proliferation and production of these assemblies, it is reasonable to infer, in part, that someone is putting these constructions together, for purposes we still do not know.  While it is reasonable to suggest a human factor, there remain many outside such evidence.  This document, accordingly, is an attempt to understand and to interpret one type of formation, and to establish, in part, a means of identifying, interpreting and comprehending other branch assembly types as well.

My source material has derived from my own investigations.  It should be noted that, for the purposes of this document, my analyses and interpretations are entirely my own; they are not the work of others, nor were they provided to me by others.  Furthermore, it should also be noted that all graphics appearing in this document are my own work; I drew them myself; they belong to me.

I have stated that the analyses and interpretations presented herein are entirely the results of my own efforts, and so, I must also state that any mistakes, glaring or otherwise, are also my own.  I’m hardly perfect, although I certainly try my best; the reader’s gracious indulgence is humbly requested.

Respectfully submitted,
Sanjay R Singhal, RA

21 March, 2017

[1] The term ‘Elder Children’ is my own appellation; it is derived from the Lakota word ‘Chiye-Tanka’.

[2] My former colleague, Joshua Paul ‘JP’ Smith, once told me of some video footage which presented evidence of EC in the process of fashioning a branch assembly; however, he did not share this with me, and I do not have any further information regarding same.  Had he done so, it no doubt would have aided my efforts immensely.

[3] Joshua Paul ‘JP’ Smith died 18 July, 2015.

[4] One of my former research sites, Area K in northern Michigan, was famous for the rapid construction of such assemblies; in many instances, assemblies documented one day would be gone the next, or new assemblies would be observed, which had not been there the day before.  Regrettably, despite such activity, no focussed research and/or documentation of same was ever undertaken.

[5] The destruction of nest-type assemblies, almost overnight or at least immediately upon their discovery, has been documented at three (3) of my own research sites: Areas D & K in northern Michigan, and Area R in Illinois.  Although some inference of regional and/or local practise may be made, further investigation is required.


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