Dashboard Chats – Florida’s First People & Bigfoot Films (Return of the Skunk Ape)

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The Talegaters discuss the root of the Skunk Ape’s legend. Florida’s First People told stories of the large, hairy beast not at all dissimilar to what we know today as the Skunk or Swamp Ape. Sometimes this humanoid was seen as just another part of nature, others a cannibalistic giant. With Skunk Ape having such deep roots in the region of the American Southeast, it isn't a wonder that tales and sightings are still alive today. From the Dave Shealy's Swamp Ape Headquarters to the Social Distancing Skunk Ape at Gatorland in Kissimmee, this haunting but nonetheless beloved cryptid has endured for centuries.

The 2010s have seen a boom in Sasquatch-centric films: Abominable, Small Foot, Son of Bigfoot, Missing Link, The Man Who Killed Hitler and then Bigfoot, and more.  Why the sudden saturation? Why is the message of Man VS Nature so prevalent today? What is your favorite Bigfoot film?

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