From the Dreamtime the Yowie In Myth And Reality
hairy biped Creature
In July 1975, a group of
skiers claimed they saw a large, hairy biped creature at least 2.3-2.6
m tall, moving up a snow-covered mountainside near Thredbo, soon after
a snowfall. The following winter a long trail of large footprints were
found in snow and mud outside the town.
hairy ape-like Beast
Modern interest in these
hairy manbeasts was reawakened in July 1975, when a skier near Mt Kosciusko
spotted a tall, hairy ape-like beast walking across a snow-covered hillside. Thereafter it was the press
which came up with the name "Abominable Snowman" and "Kosciusko
Snowman" for the creatures, attempting to link them with their
more notorious Himalayan 'cousin'.
small Aboriginal-type Natives
In 1975 Mr Craig Francis,
while mending a property fence in the Barrington foothills one day,
spotted a group of small figures huddled in nearby bushes.
He immediately realised he
was being watched by several small Aboriginal-type natives, both males
and females, some clothed in animal skins.
"I had no sooner spotted
them than they turned and dashed off into the scrub," Craig told
ome stockmen often have the
uneasy feeling of being watched while mustering cattle in this scrub,
and some farm hands after experiencing this feeling have often refused
to work unaccompanied in lonely areas.
Aborigines of the Coffs Harbour
district still claim that tribes of little black people continue to
inhabit the nearby coastal forest-covered mountain ranges and similar
tales are told by Kempsey district Aborigines, of the "little hairy
fellas" who share the nearby vast, rugged Carrai Range with the
In another incident, during
1975 , in the rugged Poatina foothills of central Tasmania, which have
been the scene of a number of eerie 'hairy man' encounters over the
years, two bushwalkers, Fred Ball and Andrew Bradshaw, were exploring
dense hillside scrub. Entering a clearing they suddenly froze in their
Standing barely 29 ft [6.1
m] from them, and looking straight at them in a stooped position, was
a long-armed, female beast 1.8 m in height.
a 1978 interview with me, Fred described the eerie 'woman beast':
"One of the first things
we noticed about here was her face; something both human and ape in
appearance' her eyes deeply set inside the big, protruding eyebrows,
and she had a receding forehead. Her head appeared to be sunk into the
shoulders, and this gave her a stooped posture.
Her breasts were small, and
her body was covered in long, dirty-looking dark brown hair.
Her arms and big hands reached
down to below her knees and she had large feet." "We had barely enough
time to make these observations, because as we stood there stunned at
what we had come up against, she just bolted off into the scrub, and
we were certainly not going to chase after her."
"We were shaken to say
the least, and left the place immediately." "We have often discussed
our experience and are sure the creature was just as surprised to see
us as we were to see her, but we feel sure that she did not want to
harm us," said Fred.
East of Lithgow, deep in
the Wollongambie Wilderness, during June 1975, a group of soldiers were
on a field operation when they came upon a number of enormous, ape-like
tracks, freshly embedded in swamp mud.
About that time a 17 year
old boy, part of a large group of campers, came across similar large
Yowie-type footprints in creek mud, when he strayed from camp exploring
bushland thereabouts. In both cases, the tracks
displayed the characteristic opposable big toe.
end Road 1975
One morning in 1975, young
Mrs Hillary Montgomery, was driving a school bus packed with children
on their way to school outside of town on the Hill End Road.
As they passed a roadside
stand of trees, Mrs Montgomery spotted a hairy man-ape creature squatting
on the edge of the trees beside the road. She alerted the children,
most of whom also saw the strange manbeast. As the bus passed him, the
'manimal' rose up upon both legs to a height of 2m and ran off into
Earlier in June 1975 at Tailem
Bend, motorists were stunned at the sight of a 3m tall giant hairy 'man-ape'
walking by the orad carrying a fire stick late at night. It was followed
by a further three sightings reports of giant hairy manbeasts in that
district that month which had the local residents in a stir.
The following month a 2.6m
tall male creature was claimed seen scavenging food scraps at an isolated
picnic ground outside the town.
Then one day soon after this
incident motorists in the same area reported seeing a hairy creature
which could have been the same hominid crossing a field just off the
In another incident
that occurred at this time, a family camping at a Tailem Bend tourist
ground were woken late one night by their caravan being violently shaken.
The husband and wife looked out the windows but could not see what was
shaking the van. When their daughter
had a look a large apish face appeared at the window. As the father
opened the door a large shape was seen to disappear into nearby scrub.
of little black men & Women
During the mid-1970's there
were a number of sightings claims of "little hairy people"
by Aborigines and others in the Wyndham-Ord River district of the Kimberley,
west of the Northern Territory border.
In one incident, which took
place in 1975 a group of stockmen rounding up a mob of cattle in the
Carr Boyd Range south of Ivanhoe near the Ord River, were startled when
they noticed that they were being observed by a group of little black
men and women in nearby scrub. When one of the horsemen
approached them through the trees the little group scattered.
On the Digoel River, inland
from de Jongs Points in 1975 two Indonesians, part of a larger group
of explorers, claimed they spotted a "2.8m tall male ape-like creature",
tearing bark from a tree trunk, apparently in search of grubs and other
The man-ape moved on but
the frightened men left the scene to return hastily to camp. They later
returned to the spot with other men to find scratch marks on the tree
trunk up to 5m above the ground.
Descriptions of these 'Devil-Men',
as they are also known across New Guinea, reveal two forms, as I have
The first is the 'Maslai',
whose head and general body description, with long powerful arms and
big hands reaching down to the knees, resembles a gorilla-like creature
Also known as "Masalai
igat gras" or 'Lauma' in the Motu tongue, these creatures are both
herbivorous and cannibalistic; as is our second giant, the more man-like,
tool-making 'Drea tuana' or 'Vada', also known as 'Dera kiboni'.
But what do these names mean
in plain English?
Returned Papua New Guinea
Assistant District Commissioner, the late Mr HE 'Lynn' Clark, once informed
me that the above names are Melanesian 'Pidgin' talk. 'Masalai', which
means 'Devil', also stands for 'fiend' or 'demon'. The word 'gras' means 'hair',
so that 'Masalai igat gras' translates as "Devil with hair".
"Luama' means 'ghost', and 'dera' is 'hairy'; 'Dera tuana' is 'hairy
man' and 'Dera kiboni "Hairy Devil man'.
Doubtless these are many
more names for these 'sub-men' still to be uncovered by the dedicated
researcher, but with at least 700 different languages throughout New
Guinea to unravel, this would be a difficult task to say the least! New Guinea is also a land
of considerable racial variation, where a 1.2m tall pygmy folk often
share a district with more than one large racial type.
All rear the
hairy man-giants, who they agree are quite distinct from ordinary people,
due to their great height and general physical appearance. I have studied the Duk Duk,
a secret society of men who wear disguises up to 3m in height. Known
widely to Papue New Guinea tribespeople, they are principally of New
The Kaiva Kuku, another secret
society, wear similar disguises of up to 3m height around Kemema in
the wester Papuan Gulf country. Both costumes appear to have been based
upon giant man-like beings in their folklore.
District-Paua New Guinea 1975
hominid type Creatures
In June 1975 a native man
and woman were sitting atop a ridge overlooking a gully in the Goroka
district one afternoon when, below them they observed a group of no
less than six hominid-type creatures, two of which were child size [1-1.2m
There were two female of
around 2m tall and two male of around 1.8m and 2.1m height and were
very muscular in appearance. The strange hominids [by now being observed
by the couple from behind foliage] wandered about below, apparently
scavenging for beetles and vegetable food. The group was in view for
some minutes before moving on to disappear into the jungle.