The Chehalis Recordings, from the Sasquatch to you
In a previous POST describing with photos my journey on the West Coast and on Vancouver Island this summer, I briefly mentioned my encounter with the local Sasquatch clan one night at the Sasquatch Crossing Eco-Lodge in Chehalis, from where the very name ”Sasquatch” originates and how they allowed me to record their voices. I’ve been hesitating whether or not to publish, but I’m guided to share these two tracks.
That second time I spent a night in Chehalis this year, between two and three in the morning, my attention was first caught by an insisting loud whistle calling me outside, where the shining eyes of the local Elder named Elconahtl, whom I had previously met, greeted me. For a long time I could hear grunts, whispers, mumbles, and voices having a conversation in the woods just a few meters from me. I asked if I could record them and they agreed. I recorded these tracks with a low grade camcorder without a microphone, and there is a loud noise of flowing water in the foreground, so the quality of the sound is quite poor. Out of a dozen of tracks, I asked my brother to remaster a couple of them so these are the two that were de-noised and equalized. We still hear the sound of the running water and some ”glass” sounds from the processing, but the background sounds are more clearly audible. Use some headphones and turn on the volume at maximum for better hearing. As usual, with recordings, videos or photos of our Forest Elders, some people see and hear clearly while others don’t see or hear anything. When we know them, we know they can alter files, especially digital, and let us hear what they decide.
For instance, after listening to the second track at least twenty times, I listened once more and the sound was muffled and almost erased. So I thought the message was only for me, but after a while, the tracks sounded clearer again. They had let me now they would allow me to record them, but didn’t tell me what would happen of the recordings. At this time of their choosing, I’m releasing these two tracks publicly. They are nothing comparable in quality to the famous Sierra Recordings from Ron Morehead, whom I had the honor to meet at our retreat last month, but they sure sound somewhat interesting.
After listening many times, I have come to hear different things and words in these tracks, but I’m curious to see what everybody else can hear in them, if anything. Of course these recordings do not constitute any kind of proof, it’s just a gift from them.
In this first 30-second recording, we hear an owl hooting and being answered by a low, loud, coarse voice from the forest. I saw the owl from about ten meters away, but what we hear replying to it is certainly not another owl. You decide what you hear.
In this second 2-minute recording, we hear an insisting loud whistle repeated at intervals. I was told that this whistle sounds like certain owls. But when we listen carefully in the background, starting after only a few seconds, we hear different voices talking, whispering, mumbling and uttering words until the end of the recording. Some of the clapping sounds are from the camera, but others are from snapping branches in the woods near me, like those snaps heard before I whistle back at 1:20 ad 1:35.
From the Sasquatch to you. Comments and feedback are welcome.