So I was watching Ancient Aliens.
Lo and behold, Dulce was featured. It was pretty much what you might expect. Bill Birnes was on, giving his hyperbolic best with accounts of former vents in the Archuleta Mesa area. From these vents you could hear the moans and groans of human subjects being altered and vivisected. More interesting to me were the sightings of craft as rendered by the Jicarilla Apache. As I've always said, base or no base, strange things are definitely going on and the people of the reservation deserve an answer. Not that anyone is going to give them one anytime soon, but they still deserve it.
What I liked most about the episode was how it connected Dulce to larger goings on in the whole Southwest area. As I've said before, Dulce seems like a sort of "paranormal nexus" where everything weird that could go on goes on, forming a sort of apotheosis of the strange. This is somewhat reminiscent of Point Pleasant, West Virginia in John Keel's The Mothman Prophecies. There are UFOs, cryptids, psychic phenomena, and underground worlds. Well, that last point is more pertinent to the Southwest as opposed to Keel's book, but you get the idea.
The creation mythos of the Jicarilla Apache states that their people originated in a land deep beneath the ground and then climbed to the surface. The Hopi of Arizona believe that they escaped a "storm of falling stars" with the help of "the snake people" and went to live underground. There are of course those who see that as a direct connection to the "Reptoids" said to dwell beneath the Earth's surface. The Hopi also speak of "ant people" on which I've already posted. This sort of high strangeness is ingrained in the entire Southwest area. In terms of Native American lore, Norio Hayakawa once put it to me this way: "The weird is just a part of their culture."
I've always loved the idea of underground worlds, cryptoterrestrials, and break away civilizations existing just beneath our general notice. No, the science just isn't there for any of it but I find it all fun to think about.
Sort of a bay leaf for the kooky stew that is Dulce.
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