On this episode of Expanded Perspectives Elite the guys start the show off talking about how Kyle’s allegories have been killing him, BC powder, recent baseball tournament news and then some strange news. The fist news story is a tale about a local legend in West Virginia simply known as “The Snowman”. Apparently this snowman is a terrifying spirit that lives in a hidden burial mound for most of the year. It will rise from the mound after the first snowfall and roam the area each night until the last frost. The Snowman was feared by the Mingo people who once lived here in the early 1700’s. The local legend says that there was a great massacre of Mingo people one night. The Snowman gathered the bodies and carried them to his hidden mound. The Snowman is described as a tall, rotund being with long white hair all over the body. But the most terrifying aspect was that the Snowman has no face, just long white hair draped over from it’s head.
Then, a person was apparently attacked by a large upright canine or dogman! After the break Cam brings up the story of Juana Maria. The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island.
61 miles off the coast of California are the Channel Islands, also known as the Santa Barbara Islands, a series of five islands that were isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years. The island of San Nicolas in the Channel Islands was home to the Nicoleño, a tribe of Aborigines who only had contact with tribes on the other islands. This changed when, in 1811, a group of Russian fur traders arrived looking for pelts; the verdant islands were flush with seals and, more importantly, the very valuable sea otter. The fur traders and the Nicoleño came to blows, but the tribe was severely outmatched. If it weren’t for the intervention of the Spanish — who mostly interfered to gain access to the island’s marketable resources for themselves — the Nicoleño would have been completely wiped out. As it stood, the male population was decimated, and the people were left vulnerable to Catholic missionaries, who seized the opportunity to convert the populace. During the 1800s, this was done by taking locals and putting them into the mission system, which used them as a cheap workforce.
In 1835, the population on the island numbered just a couple of hundred, and the Mission Santa Barbara sent a ship to evacuate the island, bringing the last natives to the mission as a workforce. This is where the story of Juana Maria really starts. There are two hotly debated tales as to how she was left on the island, whether she was left by accident, or whether she leaped off the boat to go back for her son. Either way, the end is the same: she was left on the island, and the ship didn’t return to pick her up. The official story was that the island was now uninhabited. Often, there would be stories from ships that passed close to the foggy island of an apparition which would run onto the shore, waving. Because of so many stories, there was a revived interest in the island in 1853, a little over 18 years after the people were evacuated. Captain George Nidever, a fur trapper and sailor by trade, took up the cause of finding this apparition and, in the first two trips, discovered footprints on the beach.
On the third visit, he found three whalebone huts. Sitting in front of these huts was Juana Maria, and, from the first moment, the crew knew what she had been doing to survive. According to crewmember Carl Dittman, quoted on KCET.org, “She was seated cross legged on the ground and was engaged in separating the blubber from a piece of seal skin which was lying across one knee and held by one hand. In the other hand she grasped a crude knife, a piece of iron hoop thrust into a rough piece of wood for a handle.” They were astounded that someone had survived on a deserted island for so long and attempted to speak with the woman, but they found they couldn’t understand her. Over the 18 years that she had been alone on the island, her language had deteriorated to the point that no one could make sense of it. This proved to be a minor hindrance however, and an article on JSTOR Daily relates that the sailors stayed on the island for weeks while Juana Maria showed them how she lived, taught them her ways of hunting, sang songs, and amazed them with her fortitude. She walked them through her whole life and when they readied themselves to leave, she happily joined them and they set sail to Santa Barbara. Upon landing, Juana Maria, a name given to her when she arrived at the mission in Santa Barbara, stayed with Captain Nidever for around seven months. Sadly, at the end of that seven months she died. Her death was probably caused by a simple illness that her immune system wasn’t able to fight off.
- The Snowman of Calhoun County, West Virginia https://www.phantomsandmonsters.com/2019/04/the-snowman-of-calhoun-county-wv.html
- New Eyewitness Submission: Dogman Pictures http://cryptozoologynews.com/new-eyewitness-submission-dogman-pictures/
- The Tragic Life Of Juana Maria, The Lone Woman Of San Nicolas Island https://medium.com/@editors_91459/the-tragic-life-of-juana-maria-the-lone-woman-of-san-nicolas-island-9ab9366fb015
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