“The Hoopa Project is the first book by the Executive Director of North America Bigfoot Search (NABS), David Paulides. Paulides has spent the last three years researching and working in an area centered on the Hoopa Reservation in Northern California. This first book endeavor chronicles his research on Bigfoot.
Paulides, a former police investigator, wanted to hold witnesses accountable for their statements. To this end, he documented over 45 witnesses who swore on affidavits to witnessing Bigfoot and Bigfoot activity. Interviews and research also brought much insight to related aspects of the hominid, such as topography, weather, elevation and rainfall.
Desiring an expert forensic sketch artist with an intimate knowledge of the Native American culture, Paulides commissioned Harvey Pratt for the Hoopa Project. Harvey met with the witnesses who had Bigfoot sightings and completed forensic sketches based on his interview with them."
Bigfoot composites by forensic artist Harvey Pratt
On this earth, throughout time, man is continuing to discover the secrets of nature. When we think we know all there is to know, a new secret is revealed and we are amazed at the revelation to find something that was always there. So we create a myth or legend to keep the mystery alive.
There have long been stories of Bigfoot, also called Old Indians or Medicine Keepers among many other forgotten names, throughout the history of North America and around the world. This giant has continued to appear before credible people and yet we do not have substantial proof of its existence.
Having heard Sasquatch stories and legends since his youth, Harvey readily accepted the opportunity to interview witnesses who had seen “The Boss of the Woods" and to work with bright, intelligent people willing to take the challenge of discovery. Those who are willing to look with an open mind, ask the right questions, examine the evidence, gather the information and arrange it in a format that helps to answer the simple and difficult questions, bringing credibility to the issue.
A story begins to unravel and the question begins to be believable that this creature just might exist; not only in our minds but that he might walk the earth beside us, concealed, and with a power that we have yet to accept. The reader is asked to consider this book with an open mind and be willing to accept the possibility that we do not have all the answers. We do not know all the secrets. We want YOU to be the investigator and help to reveal this mystery. Step inside this book with us, with an open mind, and hopefully you will think to yourself, “Maybe….just maybe." And if so, let us preserve, let us save and protect this silent, secret treasure.