In Geordie Telfer's Mysterious Ontario there is a chapter entitled "The Pembroke Wildman." Today, Pembroke is a small city of 16,200 located along the Ottawa River in Ontario, Canada. In 1883, when the above news article was published in Ohio's (!) Newark Daily Advocate, Pembroke had just laid the foundation for the city it was to become. Originally called Miramichi, it was instituted as a police village in 1856. Pembroke was incorporated as a town in 1878 and as a city in 1971. (Wikipedia)
On a small island in the Ottawa River that was called Prettis or Prettys Island, a location now lost to time, an enraged Wildman was said to live, eight feet tall and covered with hair.
Armed with a "tomahawk" in one hand, and a "bludgeon" in the other, the Wildman chased the men back to their boat. They were but a "short distance" from shore when the tomahawk was thrown with such speed and accuracy that it fractured Toughey's arm! Sallman fired two shots, which proved futile as the giant retreated swiftly into the trees.
On August 3rd, 1883 (two days after the Newark Daily Advocate's story), the Renfrew Mercury then published an article recounting the tale a local family who had slept there for the night. As his campfire died out, the family man "noticed a massive figure" about 8 feet tall at the edge of the firelight. "His hair was long and shaggy, and hung about his face. He had a vest but no sleeves to his coat, knickerbocker pants, with hairy legs and arms." After speaking to the individual and receiving no reply, the camper threw a rock in the Wildman's direction, causing him to retreat.
It is not known which of these events occurred first. Apart from the description of the clothes, the Wildman's description matches that of a unique type of Sasquatch people that I understand call themselves the
E-Takan-Tatanta. It is these people whom I encountered in the Ozark Mountains (see HOW IT ALL STARTED).
One Ozark state named the Wildman "Momo" (Missouri Monster), and has numerous accounts of a giant individual covered in hair with similar "long and shaggy hair hanging about the face," or covering the face.
The spiritual Sasquatch movement, a growing social phenomenon, has recently shown a fascination with Medieval depictions of the Wildman archetype: often seen brandishing one weapon in each arm, as the Pembroke Wildman was described.
Through my own interactions with the Hairy People, through Quantum Communication, and by piecing together historical events with both Celtic and European heritage, I came to believe that the E-Takan-Tatatanta did indeed fight for their lands in Europe, during The Dark Ages and into the Medieval period. My personal heritage is Scottish, and Scotland was once home to a mysterious people known as The Picts. There is evidence that suggests I may be a descendant of the Picts. The Picts may have been the cause of the disappearance of an entire Roman legion during the Dark Ages, and it was events like these that, in turn, may have prompted the building of Hadrian's Wall : a simple stone wall to warn future legions not to venture any farther into Scotland - land of the Picts!
The Picts were reputed to be a terrifying enemy, their powerful physiques painted head-to-toe in the fierce visage of some predatory beast! They were a forest people; they did battle in the forest, a field in which the Romans were ill-equipped. Could such a people have allies in a people whose description is markedly similar to this one? That found its way into numerous paintings and illustrations of Medieval Europe? A people who indeed, were threatened themselves?
Woodwose is such a fitting name for a race of beings both as dependent and as fascinated with trees and wood as the Hairy People! Whether Sasquatch, The E-Takan-Tatanta, or the Woodwose, the Hairy People love their wood and live by the trees! Let's take a look at the meaning of the name :
The first element of woodwose is usually explained as from wudu "wood", "forest". The second element is less clear. It has been identified as a hypothetical noun *wāsa "being", from the verb wesan, wosan "to be", "to be alive". The Old English form is unattested, but it would have been *wudu-wāsa or *wude-wāsa.
Who knows what became of the "Pembroke Wildman?" As mentioned, the location of his habitat Prettis Island has been lost to time. Was he alone, or did he have a family or tribe? Was he the group's lone warrior, or did Ontarians presume various Wildmen to be the same individual? Did he remain on the island, where he was clearly disturbed, or move to a new area?
Will Humans ever realize that they don't have the right to harass or murder people and creatures different from themselves? The story continues with homicidal "Sasquatch hunters," military harassment, abduction, and murder (another story altogether), and Human ignorance of even the existence of Hairy People. Is now the time to change and consider further possibilities on the planet and beyond? Or are we doing fine going on the way we have for thousands of years? ...It's up to us.
- Graham MacSkimming, 2016