In this week’s episode Samantha and Aaron dive into the legend and various sightings of Michigan’s Dogman. This state’s canid creature warrants treatment outside apart from other dog creature sightings, thanks to the song from a local DJ and the Gable film. Tune in as they discuss these things, as well as things the dogman is not and the importance of thorough research methods. Tune in and enjoy the discussion.
“The Song”- 5:19
What Dogman Isn’t- 08:20
Legend or Lie- 26:58
More Sightings- 31:30
North American Dogman Project- 41:05
The Gable Film- 51:22
Final Thoughts- 57:34
Sources and Links
The legends of Dogmen and wolf beings loom large in the worlds of cryptozoology and the paranormal. In this episode, as a prelude to an exploration of the Dogman mythos, Samantha and Aaron dive into the historical lore of wolves, comparing European and Native American perceptions of wolves, manifestations of wolves in popular culture, and discussing why they are a good subject for supernatural tales.
Culture, prophecy bind Ojibwe people and wolves (Northern Wilds)
When the Beast of Gévaudan Terrorized France (Smithsonian)
Of Wolves and Men by Barry Holstun Lopez
Vicious: Wolves and Men in America by Jon T. Coleman
Samantha and Aaron are celebrating by answering a whole bunch of YOUR questions about Halloween and general spooky stuff! Thanks to everyone who sent in questions and be sure to come back tomorrow for the first part of our exploration of Dogman lore.
The Bobby Pickett Monster Mash video Sam refers to is below the episode audio!
Today, we address listener questions and comments from our recent episode, The Paranormal is Personal. Next week, it’s the beginning of our exploration of the “Dogman” mythos. And be sure to catch our special Halloween Question and Answer session on October 31! If you just need audio, it’s embedded below!
In this episode, Samantha and Aaron step back from examining actual pieces of lore in order to share their own personal paranormal experiences. They examine the reasons why eye-witness testimonies of supernatural phenomena need to be handled with care, the ways their own experiences influence the way they interpret those from others, and how their training as historians has prepared them to analyze sources.
History of Paranormal Research- 2:20
Analyzing Sources- 13:46
Personal Stories- 15:55
Legend or Lie- 39:47
Interpreting the Paranormal- 44:06
The Desire to Have an Encounter- 54:07
For this episode we relied on a lot of articles to help us explain some of the thoughts we had about why people believe in the paranormal, what can influence that belief, and the power of biases. In case you’d like to look at these, we’ve divided them into helpful categories.
On Dark vs. Supernatural Tourism
Dark Tourism, Explained (Washington Post)
Dark Tourism: The Most Haunted Destinations in the World (Culture Trip)
On Why We Like to Feel Scared
Why People will Pay to Feel Scared (The Atlantic)
So Why do People Believe in Bigfoot Anyway? (California Magazine)
Have Scientists Finally Killed off the Loch Ness Monster? (The Conversation)
Why Won’t Scientific Evidence Change the Minds of Loch Ness Monster True Believers? (The Conversation)
For a complete look at the Fox sisters and some pieces of nineteenth-century spiritualism, this Smithsonian article provides a good overview. Samantha also relied on previous research regarding the idea of a “Good Death” and the Civil War from Drew Gilpin Faust’s This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War.
The quotation that begins the second part of the episode is from Aaron’s book The Chaos Conundrum.
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Samantha and Aaron give you a brief introduction to the show, and the importance of looking at weird events through a historian’s eyes.
Be here in two weeks for the first full episode of Great Lakes Lore: the Dudgeon Swamp Mystery.