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Thursday, February 08, 2024

Researcher Details the LeFlore County, Oklahoma BIGFOOT WAR Story

This is an interesting tale of a group of Choctaw warriors and Anglo farmers who hunted down a marauding band of Bigfoot who had kidnapped native women and children from the encampment.

"This is a terrifying tale, the story of a Bigfoot War that allegedly took place in Eastern Oklahoma through the years. I finally decided to look into the matter, gather as much information as I could, and decide as to whether the tale might have some truth to it or was an outright fabrication. The following is what I was able to find out.

It is said that around 1855, Choctaw people, in what is now LeFlore County, Oklahoma, and farmers in what is now Arkansas, were experiencing some terrifying events. It all began in a rather benign way with the theft of vegetables, a few heads of livestock, and other foodstuff by stealthy bandits in the night. The thieves were quiet and never seen. They're also smart as somehow they never ventured into Choctaw encampments on nights when a watchman was in place. Neither did the bandits ever fall into the traps set for them by farmers outside of Indian territory. Those charged with finding and capturing these marauders began to develop a begrudging respect for the willingness of their adversaries as time went by and the petty thefts continued. While the thefts were annoying and did cause some hardships near the Choctaw or neighboring Anglo farmers were afraid.

However, things changed once women and children began to go missing. A group of 30 Choctaw cavalrymen was organized to hunt down the abductors. The group was led by Joshua LeFlore, a man of a mix of Choctaw and French blood who was deeply respected by his fellow tribesmen. Also joining the search party was a warrior named Mushulatubbee and his six sons. They were huge men, all approaching 7 feet in height and weighing more than 300 lbs each, and were regarded as fierce warriors and expert horsemen. The Tubbees were so effective in mountain warfare that despite their massive size they became known as the light horsemen.

The contingent of searchers, armed to the teeth, set out into the region known today as the McCurtain County Wilderness Area to search for the kidnappers. After riding all day the searchers finally arrived in the area they believed the bandits to be hiding. LeFlore brought his troops to a halt, stood up in his stirrups, and surveyed the area with a spyglass. It is unclear exactly what LeFlore saw but whatever it was he ordered his men to charge forward toward a stand of pines roughly 500 yards distant. LeFlore and the Tubbee men led the attack as the troops closed the distance between themselves and the stand of pines where the kidnappers were thought to be hiding. They were assaulted by a tremendous stench, the unmistakable odor of decay and decomposition. The horses of most of the men began to buck and rear tossing the riders. Only the mounts of LeFlore and Tubbee men were disciplined enough to remain composed allowing the eight men to continue through the pines.

As the men cleared the small wooded patch they came upon a large earthen mound. Scattered across the mound were the bodies of children and women in various stages of decomposition. LeFlore and the Tubbees caught a glimpse of a number of the murderers fleeing into the tree line on the opposite side of the mound. Only three of the killers stood their ground to meet the charge of the light horsemen. At this time the cavalrymen realized they were not going up against any human foe. Rather, standing before them, while snarling and beating their chests were three huge hair-covered creatures. Despite what must have been a shocking sight to him LeFlore drew his pistol and saber, spurred his mount, and charged.

As LeFlore approached the nearest ape it took a mighty swipe and struck his horse in the head killing it instantly. LeFlore managed to roll off of the fallen horse quickly, jumped to his feet, and fired multiple shots into the chest of the creature. Once his pistol was empty LeFlore attacked the ape with the saber opening up gaping wounds on the animal which roared in rage and pain. LeFlore's assault on the creature was so quick and the shock of seeing hair-covered monsters so great that the Tubbee men hesitated, completely stupified before entering the fray. This delay allowed one of the other two apes to get behind LeFlore who was intensely focused on the ape he had engaged. The second beast grabbed LeFlore's head with two huge hands and ripped it from his shoulders.

The horrible sight jolted the Tubbee warriors into action and they opened fire on the three Sasquatches with .50 caliber Sharps Buffalo rifles two of the beasts were killed instantly, dropping in their tracks. The third creature was wounded but turned and fled before the lethal shot could be fired. Robert Tubbee, only 18 years old but already 6'1" and well over 300 lbs, spurred his horse ran down the injured ape, and dispatched it with his hunting knife, as the rest of the troop joined them. The light horsemen surveyed the area the bodies of dead women and children, mostly partially devoured, littered the area. The smell of decay along with the terrible odor of the beasts' feces caused many of the men to vomit.

After composing themselves the men gathered the remains of the unfortunate women and children and buried them. They also buried their leader Joshua LeFlore. As for the three black ape monsters, their bodies were placed upon a huge bonfire and burned. With their hellish task complete the Choctaw warriors returned to Tuscahoma, Oklahoma where it is said even the mighty Tubbee men were plagued by terrible nightmares for years afterward.

Now, was this story true, and were the details fact? According to a Bigfoot researcher named Jim King, the answer might be yes. King believes the LeFlore County story is based on an event that took place much farther west in Kaiwa Territory. That event was related to him by an Indian Elder. According to the story Kaiwa women were placed in a special teepee or tent on the edge of camp. When they started their menstrual cycle the women stayed there being tended to only by older women until their cycle was complete. The Elder told King that women were considered unclean during their cycles and Kaiwa warriors were forbidden any physical contact with the females during this time. They're not even to look upon them. This seems harsh but it's not too different than how many cultures treated menstruating women in the past.

The elders said that once long ago there had been trouble with ape-like creatures who were attracted by the scent and pheromones emanating from the tent where the menstruating women were housed. Since the tent was on the edge of the encampment it proved to be an easy target for renegade apes who are said to have entered and carried off women on several occasions. To make a long story short the Kaiwa leadership decided this was unacceptable and put together a group of warriors to hunt down the kidnappers. The searchers did manage to track an ape back to its lair and killed not only it but an entire family unit.

Could the LeFlore County story have its roots in the tale told to Jim King by the Kaiwa Elder. Is there any truth at all, even the smallest of grains in either tale? I've heard many people put their faith in the LeFlore County version simply due to the name of the unfortunate Joshua LeFlore, and they wouldn't have named the county after him if it wasn't true. I have not been able to find anything saying LeFlore County was named after Joshua LeFlore according to the the Oklahoma Historical Society's website. The name honors the prominent LeFlore family of the Choctaw Nation. Could JoshuaLeFlore have been one of the prominent LeFlore family? It is certainly possible but there does not seem to be any documentation singling out Joshua or his actions as the reason for the naming of the county."

Transcribed Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFNi23OAOao

I also found the following sources:

The LeFlore Horror/Bear [Radio series episode]. (2018, April 18). In World Bigfoot Radio #53.

Swancer, B., & Seaburn, P. (2018, June 06). The Strange Case of the Human-Bigfoot War of 1855. Retrieved August 21, 2020, from https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2018/06/the-strange-case-of-the-human-bigfoot-war-of-1855/

Nashoba, D. T. (2002, January 6). The Legend of Sacred Baby Mountain [Scholarly project]. In Google Groups. Retrieved August 20, 2020, from https://groups.google.com/g/alt.bigfoot.research/c/tD56ttwlfik?pli=1

Le Flore County: The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. (n.d.). Retrieved August 20, 2020, from https://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=LE007

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According to First Nations legend, the Thunderbird is said to have a wingspan the length of two canoes with the ability to deafen people with the sound of its flapping wings.

In March 2010, the late Jc Johnson of Crypto Four Corners contacted me about an incident where twenty-four sheep were mutilated at a farm near Hogback, New Mexico, on the Dine' Navajo Reservation. The livestock owner explained that there were large talon marks but very little blood and no evisceration. The prints on the ground were only seen in the corral, not anywhere else on the farm. Was this an attack by a large flying predator? Why were the carcasses left intact?

Jc mentioned that a large cryptid bird or pterosaur may have been responsible for this act. That theory is not as far-fetched as it may initially sound. For many generations, people in New Mexico and parts of Texas say they've seen birds so big they seem prehistoric. There is convincing anecdotal evidence that many of these legendary winged creatures are connected to modern sightings.

I believe that many of these winged cryptids are corporeal beings that can manifest on our plane of existence. Their point of origin and means of conveyance is speculative. But this is the reason why we research and investigate this phenomenon. The search continues.

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