Throughout the ages, man has always had a way to pass down history, traditions and discoveries. Wether it was carved on a rock, painted on a cave wall or passed through verse by the bards of their time. The important news always found a way to get around from place to place.
Just like a rumor mill, I am aware that it sometimes can become more ridiculous by each telling. Sometimes the story would be embellished a bit by whomever may be telling it to make it more exciting or to fill in some of the holes in the story. But getting that information is still important.
Would it surprise you that we still pass information on that way today? If you look at bigfoot encounters, we still often share those by word of mouth. And the bards of our generation go and collect the details. Share them at conventions on podcasts or what have you.
The reason I was thinking of bards was because I always hear people say there are no experts in cryptozoology. I get that, I do, we haven’t gotten him on the list, and the science community still wants to stand clear of it. So as a result, I think these collectors and these historians and modern day bards are in effect, the experts. These experts are the ones that know all the stories. They have the casts, and the samples and records to look at, at their disposal. We have quite a few well known historians, to many great ones to name. But I also consider the expert as that person that you would go to for information or advice. A colleague or perhaps you have a mentor. But that number you call for all intents and purposes are your experts. They have read everything, been in the forest regularly themselves and is well versed in the subject of all cryptids, folklore or what have you.
The most important thing here is not who the expert is, or what makes one, but rather that all of us keep gathering and sharing the information we receive so that bigfoot survives us. So the next generation of researchers or enthusiasts will get out in those woods too, and maybe make a connection. Maybe that bard will sing a rhyme about the night he talked to Bigfoot…
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