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The Yowie

Written by Zavier Colon

Cryptid of The Week: Week 9

Welcome back dear reader to the ninth installment of Cryptid of the Week. I would like to apologize for the break last week where there was no new article. There were some complications that occurred at home however I do not intend to bore any of you with the details. Instead, let us delve headfirst into this week’s installment This week we will be taking a look into aboriginal culture. The Cryptid of this week is the Yowie a mythic creature of the aboriginal people in Australia most commonly in the east Australian states.

The Yowie is known by many names due to almost every aboriginal tribe having a different name for the creature such as The Quinkin, Joogabina,Ghindaring,Jurrawarra, myngawin, puttikan, doolaga, gulaga, yaroma, noocoonah, wawee, pangkarlangu, jimbra and tjangara and thoolagal, The Yowie is described as a large creature between 7 and 9 feet tall resembling the stature of a broad-shouldered man standing upright and is considered by cryptozoologists (cryptozoology is a pseudo-science studying mythological creatures) as a member of the Bigfoot species. The Yowie is said to be covered in red fur with some accounts detailing it having extremely long arms with claws while other accounts claiming it had fingers resembling that of a human. The main characteristic that distinguishes the Yowie from other Bigfoot species is its large red-lipped mouth that contains two large fang-like canines presumably used when consuming its prey indicating it is a carnivorous creature. Having originated from aboriginal mythos which was orally passed down from generation to generation, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact origin of the tale of the Yowie with some claiming that sightings date back as far as 1795 and others using anonymous European accounts detailing creatures called Yahoo as men covered in long white hair with extremely long arms ending with talons instead of fingers and feet turned backward so that when attempting to track the creature pursuers would head in the opposite direction. The first reputable written account regarding the Yowie was the Australian Town and County Journal in 1876. The article’s main focus was on “Who has not heard, from the earliest settlement of the colony, the blacks speaking of some unearthly animal or inhuman creature … namely the Yahoo-Devil Devil, or hairy man of the wood.” Sightings of the creature would continue throughout the 19th and 20th century even gaining foreign attention due to their similarity to the Yahoos in the novel Gulliver’s Travels that were hairy human-like creatures that were filthy and ate meat and garbage. This lead to the White Australian inhabitants to refer to the Yowie’s as Yahoo’s.


Currently, there are still people pursuing the Yowie to this day with some even claiming that the lack of sightings recently was due to the recent bush fires. Local cryptozoologists have claimed that the Yowie now has less places to hide so its capture is now inevitable. Well, thank you all again for tuning in to this week’s edition Cryptid of the week, and once again if you have any suggestions on what I should write for next week feel free to comment down below or email me at zcolon@dhs.dominicanhighschool.com. Thank you all again and make sure to stay safe during this pandemic for these are trying times indeed.



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  • I enjoyed your article about the Yahoo; I didn’t know people took this seriously. Makes you wonder if there really was such a thing; so many people have the same story.