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For those who haven't already heard, Sanguinarius of Sanguinarius.org passed away on the morning of Monday, August 3, 2015.  She had been fighting a long battle with various health problems including a recent stroke.  She was a highly respected member of the vampire community and will be greatly missed.

Her family has set up a GoFundMe account for donations in her memory and to help maintain the work she has done for the community: http://www.gofundme.com/ns36x8

Also, per her wishes, her site has been digitally preserved. A copy may be obtained in one of two ways:
Download as ISO via Bittorrent.
Download as ISO or RAR via HTTP.

More info here: http://merticus.com/vampirenews/2015/08/05/rip-sanguinarius-1970-2015-vampire-community-pioneer/

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On 2015-02-11, the Den Theater in Chicago, Illinois will have a stage performance about otherkin, Glick's Kin Folk. As far as I know, this is the first stage performance about otherkin, by that name. Description from The New Colony Side Stage:

"Staged Reading of Kin Folk
"February 11, 2015, 7:29PM
"Written by William Glick
"Directed by Evan Linder

"After being recently orphaned, Lucy must reimagine her life. She decides to come out of the closet and reveal her true identity to her family: a dragon named Kreeka. After the announcement, Lucy is more alone than she has ever been, and she must ultimately choose between her family and a new community known as Otherkin. On her journey, she meets a young man claiming to be an elf, a giant gnome named Blubberwort, and a werewolf from Montana who shows her what it means to lead a life driven by a belief in the fantastic.

"Featuring Kate Carson-Groner, Chris Fowler, Sarah Gitenstein, Andrew Hobgood, Steve Love, Liz Sharpe and Stephanie Shum."

Hopefully some otherkin in the Chicago area can see this performance and tell how they feel it represented them. In the comments, please give links to any forum threads, blog posts, or reviews of this event.
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September 22, North Carolina: A therianthrope named Lunar Flare, 32, hosted a discussion panel called "Therianthropy 101." This was at a Neo-Pagan festival called Pagan Pride Raleigh.

Sources


"Workshops." Pagan Pride Raleigh. http://www.cncppd.org/attend/workshops

Lunar Flare, "Therianthropy 101." Pagan Pride Raleigh. http://www.cncppd.org/attend/workshops/therianthropy-101
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August 22, Kansas: Nobody knows who has been building and placing tiny gnome-size houses all over the city of Overland Park.

(The otherkin community has practiced similar arts meant to provoke belief in fair folk and magic, which they call a glamourbomb.)

Source


"Gnome homes popping up all over Overland Park." 2013-08-22. KSHB Action News. http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/region_kansas/johnson_county/gnome-homes-popping-up-all-over-overland-park
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Your-deer submitted this post to Otherkin News on Tumblr:

Hey there! Not sure if these are newsworthy, but there are two Howls/therian meetups planned for the fall in New England: one is being organized on the Werelist, and will be held in Western MA on September 14th; the other is in Rhode Island on October 19th, being organized via the Therianthropy facebook group.
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There’s a new art exhibit entitled otherkin at the Julius Cæsar Gallery in Chicago, from September 8-29th.  It’s an 11 minute video that is apparently about us:

Chris Naka The artist debuts an eleven-minute video, titled “Otherkin,” about post-, neo- and non-humans (or, rather, humans that self-identify as such). Otherkin communities are largely formed online, although the concept of the hybrid human being is also relevant to queer and trans identities. Naka locates the greatest and strangest expression of otherkin in virtual spaces, especially ones experienced through a screen. “These days everyone is obsessed with death,” says one of the video’s characters, and the mood permeates the artwork. Opening reception: Sunday, September 8, 2pm-5pm. Julius Caesar, 3311 West Carroll.

That’s all the info I have, I don’t know what the video entails beyond that description or if it’s in any way an accurate depiction of us or our communities.

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Content warnings: Publicity.

This October, a therianthrope named Lunar Flare will host a panel about therianthropy. The panel will be at Furfright 2013 in Connecticut. Furfright is a Halloween-themed convention for the furry fandom. (That is, fans of depictions of human-like animals in art, story, and costume. Furry fans like pretend human-like animals, whereas therianthropes identify as animals. It’s different.) The panel will be an open discussion, so Lunar Flare will alternate between giving a speech, and letting the audience talk. He will base his notes on an essay he wrote last year, “Therianthropy Awareness.” Currently, Lunar Flare is open to suggestions for how to adjust his notes for the panel. For this reason, if you have ideas about the upcoming panel, please don't contact me, contact him (by private message on either site linked below).

- O. Scribner


Sources


Lunar Flare, “FurFright 2013 – Therianthropy social and panel.” 2013-06-11. Forest Horizon: Were-Beast Support & Community. http://werebeastcommunity.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=therian&action=display&thread=145
The above link is not a publicly viewable forum thread. You can see it only if you log in to that forum. I linked to it with Lunar Flare’s permission by e-mail.

Lunar Flare, “Therianthropy awareness.” http://vatolobo.tumblr.com/post/26031655211/therianthropy-awareness
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Unlike most "faery festivals" which are not geared towards those who identify as faery themselves, Otherworlds Festival (also known as the Fireland Phoenix Faery Festival) has put out a call for us:

"The Goblin Market Master has invited all the Vampires, Therians, Fae, Magickal Practitioners, Otherkin of all varieties, Steampunkers, Cosplayers, Roleplayers, Pirates, and Chrononauts of Arizona to come attend the 2013 Otherworlds Festival in Phoenix on November 23rd-24th at Castles and Coasters."

Their Facebook page reiterates this call:

"The Goblin Market Master has invited all the Otherfolk to an amusement park. Pirates, chrononauts, vampires, otherkin, therians, the wise... all together!"

Sources
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Content warnings: None.

This September: An otherkin named Jarandhel Dreamsinger will host an in-person meet-up of otherkin. They’ll visit for a few hours in a restaurant in Virginia. If you’d like to RSVP, see his blog post for details.

Source


Jarandhel Dreamsinger, “Northern Virginia Otherkin Meetup - September 28, 2013.” 2013-08-18. http://jarandhel.tumblr.com/post/58615750497/northern-virginia-otherkin-meetup-september-28-2013
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Content warnings: Publicity, spirituality. The linked page also talks about unrelated topics of paranormal phenomena, Christian relics, war, and death.

July: A person who identifies as a horse was interviewed on a radio program.
Coast to Coast AM is an overnight radio program about paranormal phenomena. It airs all over North America. On July 14, the host, Ian Punnett, interviewed Jason “The Horse.” Jason talked about other people who believe they are animals in spirit. Jason considers this interview a good experience. You can read about and listen to this episode on the program’s official web-site.

Jason the Horse has been interviewed on Coast to Coast AM before, as mentioned in an earlier Otherkin News article about him.

Source


Ian Punnett, “Ian’s farewell show.” 2013-07-14. Coast to Coast AM. http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2013/07/14
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Trigger warnings: None.

August: Some therianthropes* plan to hold a Howl** in North Carolina later this August. Last year's NC Howl had camping, and visiting a mineral museum and an emerald mine. The exact date and location of this year's NC Howl haven’t been worked out yet. If you're interested, or if you can help out with planning, see the forum thread about it.

* Therianthropes are people who identify as animals.
** A Howl is an in-person meet-up of therianthropes. The therianthrope community has called these "Howls" since the early 1990s.


Source


Siverwolf, "NC Howl 2013." 2013-05-06. The Werelist: A therianthrope community resource.. Online forum thread. http://www.werelist.net/forums/showthread.php?t=32816&referrerid=886
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Trigger warnings: Conflict between religion and science.

May: The Creation Museum, a well-funded museum promoting Christian young-earth creationist views on history and biology, located in Petersburg, Kentucky, announced that it will install a new exhibit about dragons. The museum is advertising it with billboards in several cities. The exhibit will be about dragons in global mythology and legend. Young-earth creationists believe that dinosaurs lived alongside humans. The exhibit suggests that old myths about dragons might really be about dinosaurs.

Doubtful News, a skeptical current events blog, expresses dismay about this exhibit for several reasons.

The teaser for the exhibit says that it will contain a great deal of original artwork, including "two large colorful dragons from China." The museum is famous for, among other things, the high quality and professionalism of its artwork. The museum's web-site says the exhibit will open "soon," but another page said it was going to open back on the weekend of May 24-25, so maybe it was postponed?

I'm not aware of any young-earth creationists in the otherkin, therianthrope, or dragon communities. I am aware of a lot of dragon mythology enthusiasts and Christians here, though, so maybe this will be of interest.


Sources


idoubtit, "Creation Museum invokes DRAGONS! Ooooh, scary!!!" 2013-06-23. Doubtful News. http://doubtfulnews.com/2013/06/creation-museum-invokes-dragons-ooooh-scary

"Bring forth the dragons!" 2013-05-07. Creation Museum. http://blogs.answersingenesis.org/blogs/creation-museum/2013/05/07/bring-forth-the-dragons

"Dragon invasion." Creation Museum. http://creationmuseum.org/whats-here/exhibits/dragon-invasion/

Ken Ham, "'Dragon Invasion' Coming to Creation Museum." 2013-05-15. Creation Museum. http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2013/05/15/dragon-invasion-coming-creation-museum
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Trigger warnings: None.

March 5, 2013: At the American University in Washington, D.C., Trevor Addie delivered a guest lecture before an anthropology class (ANTH-331 "Taboos")1 of twenty people.2 Addie delivered a lecture called “Therianthropy: A state of being.” (The lecture is shown in the Youtube video, above.) Addie has a Bachelor of Arts in Justice, with a minor in Anthropology, awarded in 20123, and is going to law school next. Trevor is also an affiliate of the Therianthropy Research Group, which says that this “appears to be the first ever lecture on Therianthropy.”4

The lecture introduces the basics of the experience of therianthropy and the community around it. For the lecture, Addie worked with three people who identify as therians: Wolfstorm, a science student and wolf; Prowl, a computer tech and tiger; and Graytooth, an athlete and prehistoric beardog (Amphicyon cynelos). Addie explains the difference between therianthropy and similar things, such the furry fandom, clinical lycanthropy, and “otherkinism.” Addie lists a few types of shifts that therianthropes describe experiencing, and looks at the significance of the community demographics, and emphasizes the community’s overall attitude of shyness about any public recognition of therianthropy. In the discussion segment at the end, the audience asks some thoughtful and surprising questions.5

The Therianthropy Research Group says that the lecture “was also the first public announcement of our research group. Going live on our site the day before, we felt it was the ideal time to be announced to the community.”6 The Therianthropy Research Group says of its plans to research therianthropy,

“We aim to conduct professional research with full ethics backing in a hope to try and find not only common themes among the experiences of those who are self-identified therians, but also try and investigate finding a potential cause of therianthropy and bring some understanding in both the scientific communities and society in general about who a therian is and what they experience. […] Together we plan to conduct our own research in our free time with hopes of benefiting the community as a whole. Our research will be conducted according to the scientific method to minimize any biases. We have ethics backing from the University of Northampton; however this does not mean the university shares our opinions, so anything you see on this site is purely a result of our own work.”7


Five academics made the Therianthropy Research Group. This includes Timothy Grivell, a postgraduate who wrote an undergraduate dissertation about therianthropy, and has been active in the therianthrope community since 2009. Grivell wrote,

“My main aim in researching therianthropy so far has been to distinguish it from phenomena that are labelled as mental disorders; I take a critical attitude towards such labels, especially when individuals are able to live fully functional lives. I intend to build on the initial, exploratory work to look at the wider implications; what does the existence of therianthropy mean for society, and how can society be better equipped to understand therianthropy? I hope that my research can help to increase both awareness and understanding of therianthropy.”


Dr. Helen Clegg, a senior lecturer in Psychology, says,

“In 2011, I discovered the Therian community through Tim Grivell […] I plan to develop my research into therianthropy by exploring related experiences, such as mental shifts and phantom limbs, developing an understanding of how and why some people become therians whereas others do not, and focusing on a non-pathologising approach to these experiences.”


Elizabeth Roxburgh is a Chartered Psychologist who “was awarded her PhD by the University of Northampton for research exploring the phenomenology and psychology of spiritualist mental mediumship,” and has much interest in parapsychology and spirituality.

Emily Bemelmans, an undergraduate, active in the therianthrope community since 2004, says, “I am fascinated about how humans can feel like they are an animal and whether just human traits are being misidentified or if it really is possible to ‘be’ that specific animal.”

Mario Cintron, an undergraduate, active in the therian community since 2006, says,

“My major interest in therianthropy research involves potential cognitive links for the experience of phantom limbs that many therians report. Are phantom limbs experienced through the same neurological pathways as physical limbs? What kind of activity occurs in the brain when these feelings intensify?”8


Mario Cintron wrote a transcript of Addie’s lecture. You can download the transcript from the web-site of the Therianthropy Research Group: here.

- O. Scribner



Sources


1. TherianEdu, “Therianthropy: A state of being.” Published 2013-05-10. Youtube. http://youtu.be/ZMEkuOW5pjs or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMEkuOW5pjs Video.
2. “News.” Posted 2013-05-12. Therianthropy Research Group. http://www.therianthropyresearchgroup.org/index.php/news/
3. “Affiliates.” Therianthropy Research Group. http://www.therianthropyresearchgroup.org/index.php/about/affiliates/
4. “News.”
5. “Affiliates.”
6. “News.”
7. “Home. (Welcome to our site! So what is the Therianthropy Research Group?)” Therianthropy Research Group. http://www.therianthropyresearchgroup.org/
8. “About.” Therianthropy Research Group. 2012-11-24. http://www.therianthropyresearchgroup.org/index.php/about/
9. “Affiliates.”
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Trigger warnings: Publicity trouble, derision.

Grantland.com has a couple of articles about the recent documentaries that have animal people in them. Grantland, established in 2011, is an online magazine focusing on sports and pop culture. ESPN owns it.1 Both of these articles come from Tara Ariano’s article series about television documentaries that Ariano considers to be “freak shows.” The tone is derisive. Yesterday’s article dealt with Boomer the Dog on Taboo USA.2 Another article in the series, from last April, talks about the appearance of Steven and Timothy in “I think I’m an animal.”3

For a round-up of all news about the “I think I’m an animal” documentary, see this earlier post on Otherkin News, which I updated today with more links.



Sources


1. “Bill Simmons.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Simmons
(Bill Simmons is the editor-in-chief of Grantland.)
2. Tara Ariano, “Freak Show & Tell: Something to put all that ‘otherkin’ stuff into perspective.” 2013-06-11. Grantland. http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/79238/freak-show-tell-something-to-put-all-that-otherkin-stuff-into-perspective
3. Tara Ariano, “Freak Show & Tell: A lovingly illustrated interspecies romance.” 2013-04-30. Grantland. http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/75646/freak-show-tell-a-lovingly-illustrated-interspecies-romance
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On June 4th 2013, National Geographic's Taboo USA aired an episode titled 'Secret Passions'. It includes a segment on Boomer the Dog, a man who says he's a dog trapped in a human body.

You can see a preview of the episode here: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/taboo/videos/im-a-dog/
Or learn more about Boomer at his website: http://boomerthedog.net/
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Trigger warnings: Publicity.

Zig Zag productions featured Shiro (a wolf therianthrope) and some other therianthropes in an upcoming one-hour documentary about otherkin. In the United States, the “Otherkin” episode will air the Logo TV channel’s documentary series WHAT!?1 on April 23, Tuesday.2 However, in other countries, the episode will air earlier, on their TLC channels, under a different title, translating to “I think I’m an animal.” Apparently the documentary aired in Russia on or before March 2.3 The documentary will air in Norway4 and Sweden tomorrow on March 24, Sunday.5 These are all the same documentary in which Shiro participated. It remains to be seen how different the regional versions of it will be from each other.

- O. Scribner

Sources

1. O. Scribner. "Upcoming otherkin documentary 2." Otherkin News. 2013-01-12. http://otherkin-news.livejournal.com/26102.html
2. Shiro. "Otherkin Documentary to air on Logo on April 23rd at 10PM EST." Otherkin News. 2013-03-18. http://otherkin-news.livejournal.com/29657.html
3. Noru Wolf. "I think I'm an animal." 2013-03-02. http://youtu.be/_aK7HPsdQ-8
4. Otherkin who don't give a fuck. 2013-03-20. http://otherkinwhodontgiveafuck.tumblr.com/post/45833119981/otherkin-therian-documentary-airs-on-sunday-march-24
5. "Mitt liv som djur." TV-rutan.se. n.d. http://www.tvrutan.se/program/35961940116211359733953.html
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Trigger warnings: Mentions of sexuality and occult spirituality. The linked webpages include some photos of people who are clothed but sexual, and so may be considered not safe for work.

The free alternative newspaper of the Capital Region of New York State, Metroland, recently ran an interview1 with fine artist2 Jason Martin, of Power Animal Systems. Martin performs music while costumed as an human-like wolf in a tight silver space suit, a “sexy spacewolf warrior,”3 one of a trio of such animal-masked performers.

Martin emphasizes that his artwork is a spiritual performance, involving supernatural entities that have appeared to him since his early childhood. In the interview, Martin said of his band, “It spoke to a lot of young people […] People inclined toward alternative lifestyle or ‘queerness’ got it right away. Everytime I put on one of these costumes, it’s not zentai, it’s not cosplay, it’s not furry, it’s not role playing […] It’s channeling entities. They’re real as individuals but also representations of all this encoded information, only a small percentage of which I understand.”4 The performances have more spiritual depth than simply wearing animal costumes for entertainment.

In his artist’s statement, Martin explains that Power Animal Systems “engages species-queer paganistic animism […] rituals, conjuring mysterious energies, removing anthropomorphism from its harmless, cartoon usage and connecting it to less safe, more real, quasi-mythical archetypes with Jungian undertones and erotic juxtapositions.”5 I’ve never encountered the phrase “species-queer” before… Google shows about 2100 results for it, so it’s had some use.

The Power Animal Systems had been booked to perform with Lady Gaga this spring, but that tour was cancelled.6


Sources


1. Josh Potter, “Into the third dimension.” 2013-02-28. Metroland. http://metroland.net/2013/02/28/into-the-third-dimension
2. Jason Martin, “Bio.” http://jasonmartinwebsite.com/bio.html
3. Potter.
4. Ibid.
5. Martin.
6. Potter.
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Warnings: Profanity. Linked article includes references to drugs and sex.

Kotaku Australia, a news blog focused on games and gaming culture, today posted an article (Hernandez, “My weekend at a furry convention”) describing a visit to a Furcon 2013, a convention of the furry fandom held in San Jose. Journalist Patricia Hernandez doesn’t say that there were any otherkin there, but she talks about otherkin for a few paragraphs anyway. Excerpt:

“We [the journalist and her friend Daphny] start talking all about furries on the way to San Jose, eventually landing on the subject of otherkin — this smaller sect of the furry fandom that believe that their bodies do not match who/what they actually are, and ‘who they actually are’ tends to be a mythical creature. They might say that they’re actually a dragon, as an example.

“When people make fun of Tumblr denizens, otherkin are often brought up as this ridiculous group of people that encompass the worst Tumblr has to offer — social justice (they believe in ‘human privilege’ and that the otherkin are highly oppressed), people pretending to be stuff they’re not (close ties with role playing and fanfiction in this sense, also denigrated), and teenagers that are likely highly confused about their identity all in one package.

“Daphny is not a fan.

“‘Tumblr is a bunch of confused teenagers and we like to pretend we don’t all know what that’s like or as if we haven’t been through that ourselves,’ she [Daphny] said, ‘but the thing about otherkin is that they they [sic] appropriate trans narrative. They claim to have dysphoria, and that their bodies don’t match with who they think they are, but the stuff they think they are — dragons, mythical creatures, and so on — don’t even exist.’

“This sounds wild to me, but if I know little about furries, I know even less about otherkin.”


Some of the information given here about otherkin is inaccurate. For example, otherkin are not a sub-group of the furry fandom. Historically, the communities had separate origins than one another. If the otherkin community originated in a fandom, then it arguably would have been that for The Lord of the Rings, judging by adoption of concepts from J. R. R. Tolkien in the writings of elven groups during the 1970s.

On the other hand, it is true that the part of the otherkin community active on the blogging site Tumblr.com use the language of Tumblr’s version of social justice. Some of them controversially frame their identity concepts in terms that are similar to that of the transgender community. Still, this generalization doesn’t apply to all otherkin, even of those who are on Tumblr.

Later, at the convention, illustrator Egypt Urnash talks to Hernandez about transgender people in the furry fandom. The topic of otherkin comes up again in connection with that idea.

“‘Furry is a safe space to experiment,’ she [Urnash] recalled, ‘You will see MTF [people who are male to female transgender], and they don’t “pass” in real life but their (furry) friends don’t give a fuck.’

“‘Who is to say we won’t have a future with malleable bodies?’

“Not looking like who you really are is a familiar experience for those in the fandom, after all. Inevitably we begin talking about otherkin here, and unlike Daphny, Egypt feels sympathetic.

“‘We [trans folk] are the lucky ones, we can find ways to fix ourselves. 100 years ago a man or a woman couldn’t do much about wanting to be something else. What about in the future, a transhuman future? Who is to say we won’t have a future with malleable bodies?’

“What if, in other words, the otherkin would be able to rectify their dysphoria? Wings and other such fantastical body parts aren’t possible…now. Will we look back on otherkin and think differently of them in the future if/when malleable bodies are possible?”


Urnash says that just as transgender people are now able to transition, future technologies might offer options for people who want to become physically other than human. Again comparing otherkin to transgender people, Hernandez considers that there may be more to it than the appropriation earlier described by her friend.

Other than this, the Kotaku journalist visited a fursuit parade and some parties. She also questioned stereotypes about the furry fandom as perpetuated in the gaming community, examining demographic data about the fandom.


Source

Patricia Hernandez. “My weekend at a furry convention.” Kotaku Australia. 2013-01-25. http://www.kotaku.com.au/2013/01/my-weekend-at-a-furry-convention
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[Video description: live action. Illuminated by spotlight in darkness, a flying dragon circles a castle, spitting a firework. It looks pretty realistic.]

Trigger warnings: Fire, mildly spooky imagery.

Excerpt from article about this dragon on io9: “Disney World constructed a life-size, fire-breathing dragon and flew it around the Magic Kingdom.” The io9 article shows the patent illustrations for the dragon-shaped flying machine. See the DisneyDragons Tumblr blog associated with the dragon project, where they presented the performance as a hoax, complete with footprints and eggshells, which the more in-depth article by Gizmag explains was part of “a small viral marketing campaign” to promote the ultralight aircraft in question.

- O. Scribner
(Originally posted by O. Scribner (frameacloud) on Tumblr on 2012-12-16.)
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Trigger warnings: Paranormal phenomena.

This month, paranormal investigator and cryptozoology blogger Lon Strickler1 posted a witness report (purportedly collected in 2009) from a correspondent named only as Dee, regarding her sighting in 1990 of short, elf-like humanoids who emerged from a portal in New York. The portal was an area of open air that shimmered like water, accompanied by a humming sound.2

Paranormal investigator Robert Goerman, of the Nonhuman Research Agency, noticed that Dee’s report closely resembled another report. As Goerman pointed out in Fate Magazine,3 the similar report was published in Philip Imbrogno’s and Marianne Horrigan’s Celtic Mysteries in New England (2000), in which an anonymous team of paranormal investigators saw bearded, dwarf-like humanoids emerge from a buzzing, shimmering portal in New York in 1992. As with the other story, the portal appeared near a group of boulders.4

As always with witness reports of paranormal phenomena, both reports could be fabrications. The many similarities between the two reports suggest that one may have been based on the other. If they are merely tall tales, it's still interesting to track elf and dwarf folklore in modern New York.

- O. Scribner

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