Posted by: Craig Woolheater on April 2nd, 2013
Over many centuries numerous appellations have been ascribed to the huge hairy hominoids said to inhabit North America, “Bigfoot” being one of the more widely used in recent decades. In his opening address at the 2013 Texas Bigfoot Conference, Brian Brown first announced the TBRC move to officially change its name to the North American Wood Ape Conservancy and the rationale behind the NAWAC decision to largely cease using the media moniker “Bigfoot” when referring to the species (video presentation below).
2013 Texas Bigfoot Conference Presentation (3/16/2013)
Copyright 2013 NAWAC
As a companion piece to his conference presentation, Brown subsequently provided an article on the NAWAC website summarizing the reasons for the change. While it is not necessary to reiterate those reasons, we would like to further discuss the “wood ape” appellation in terms of its use by others, predating the NAWAC’s use of the moniker, and its relevance from a natural science perspective. Although some may question or even deride the semantic modification, we propose that the term “wood ape” is an altogether more fittingly descriptive term and a more appropriate designator from a scientific perspective.
Read the entire article here.