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Native Parodies What It’s Like Being Asked As an Indigenous Person About Cryptids

Okay, but we do totally want to know!

There’s a reason the First Nations don’t like being asked about cryptids and this Navajo man made a funny skit about the experience. He lip-syncs to a clip that says “Trust me on this one, you don’t want to know. You shouldn’t have told me, but you did, and now I’m telling you, you don’t want to know.” This quote is from the beloved animated classic Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire by the character Doctor Joshua Strongbear Sweet.  

This Native reticence to discuss supernatural matters with outsiders can often lead to compelling evidence of creatures such as bigfoot staying out of public view for many years, if it ever comes to light. Other stories have trickled out of native cultural to be greeted with great curiosity and intrigue, with many folks finding resonance with tales of skinwalkers or giant flying thunderbirds that match experiences they themselves have had.

One thing is for certain - curiosity is a trait that is shared across borders between all peoples so we are all always going to want to know. As Fox Mulder said, “The truth is out there.” This desire to continually seek out the unknown and try to explain it has led to mankind's greatest achievements and is so fundamental to our humanity that we named the Mars rover after this cherished feature of all people - Curiosity.   

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