America's Bigfoot: Fact, not Fiction
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Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 8.5" X 5.5"
Publication Date: 1997
Dmitri personally studied a case about a Russian Almasty, or Russian Snowman that occurred in the late 1800s. The female creatures name was Zana and she had been caught and tamed and lived and died within the memory of a number of people still alive at the time of the research. She was buried near the village of Tkhina in the Ochamchiri District of Abkhazaia in the 1880's or 1890's. She had been successful in bearing some children with matings from the men in the village. This story of the investigation on Zana, plus many sighting reports from Russia are what this delightful book is made of. It's difficult to put it down once you begin to read it. It's been translated into English and sold in the U.S. over the years since it's publication, but it has not been widely available. Don't miss this rare opportunity to own it. The picture on the front cover is a fragment of an old Russian icon from the collection of the Museum of the Moscow Kremlin. It is called The Virgin Bogolyubskaya with scenes from the lives of Sts. Zosima and Savati. It was painted in 1545 at the Solovesky Monastery in the north of Russia. The scene reproduced on the cover shows the hermits Zosima and Savvati being tempted by the devil. The latter is portrayed in the image of a shaggy biped better known today (in Russia) by the name of snowman.
This is a very well-written book, and very educational as well. The book's main focus is the Patterson/Gimlin film. There is also a backstory which is covered, as well as the Russian analysts' take on the whole matter. Bayanov writes in a style that is comfortable and full of good information. Bayanov includes personal correspondence with several prominent figures in anthropology, cryptozoology and science, including Dr. John Napier, Dr. Grover Krantz, Richard Greenwell, Bernard Heuvelmans, Rene Dahinden, Dr. Marjorie Halpin, Dr. Donald Grieve and Bob Gimlin. Bayanov highlights the work he and several of his Russian colleagues have done on the film, luminaries such as Igor Bourtsev, Dr. Boris Porschnev and Dr. Dmitri Donskoy, who have all done work on the film and found it to be authentic, although Dr. Donskoy was a little more hesitant to get involved with hominology than his Russian colleagues were. There is also coverage of the 1978 conference on monsters held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, which Bayanov and Bourtsev submitted a paper to for reading there. The paper was, however, not included in the book based on the conference, "Manlike Monsters on Trial." Bayanov and Dahinden had an apparent falling-out over Dahinden's ownership of the P/G film as well. The book is illustrated with photos and illustrations, including 8 pages of photos from the film. The book is very worth-reading, and should be read by all people interested in the subject.