Every Ape and His Brother: A Bestiary of Man-Ape Legends, 2017  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Nulty, Kelly
Every Ape and His Brother: A Bestiary of Man-Ape Legends
2017 (inclusive)
0.02 linear feet

1 folder
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Kelly Nulty was a student of folklore at the University of Oregon. This collection includes an essay and fieldwork documentation relating to this student's folklore terminal project.
University of Oregon, Archives of Northwest Folklore
1287 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Telephone: 541-346-3925
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This collection is open for use in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.


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The legend of the Man-Ape transcends national and cultural boundaries. Those who believe are open to newcomers, ushering them into the evidene they find compelling and their hopes of discovering the truth. These creatures become mythic figures, a projection of ideals and desires for a legendary creature. Believers form communities to share their experiences. These take the form of oral narratives, passed around from local rumor, convention panels and the modern internet chatroom legends. They are not isolated groups, with sightings in North America having been reported from the far reaches of Canada's Northern Territories to the Everglades. It has many names: 'Bigfoot,' 'Skunk Ape,' 'Fouke Monster,' 'Tornit,' and 'Sasquatch.' As the different constructs of the Man-Ape legend illustrate the environment plays a critical role in each part of the North American variants. The margins of civilization stand as a liminal place between the known human world and unknown possibilities. The monsters are real living beings to them and share similar traits between human cultures beause the wilderness is a standard environmental element in human cultures. Their existence may be in doubt, but their believers form communites that are very real.

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Collection is open for use in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy and additional stipulations by collectors or informants.

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Terminal Project

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Bigfoot
  • communities
  • culture
  • Environmental
  • legends
  • Liminal Liminality, nature, wilderness, forest
  • monsters
  • myths
  • North American
  • oral narratives
  • rumors
  • sasquatch
  • Wilderness
  • Geographical Names :
  • Canada
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Terminal project