In a study which sounds more of a plot line from an episode of the X-Files as opposed to anything of actual scientific value, the National Park Service is spending nearly $150,000 dollars to research Bigfoot, sea monsters, unexplained lights, and other paranormal activity.
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the enormous waste comes in the form of a research grant awarded to the non-profit group Kawerak Inc., which is aims to study supernatural creatures and non-human subjects of native-American folklore such as invisible seabirds.
As Kawerak’s project description reads: “Kawerak’s Social Science Program has recently initiated a new research project on the ‘Supernatural Environment’… Phenomena that can be described as ‘supernatural’ include, among others, things such as sea monsters, little people, wild babies, unexplained lights, animals that can change into other things, and invisible sea birds.”
“The objective of the project is to document, in a serious and meaningful way, Bering Strait residents’ knowledge about, experiences with, and beliefs about supernatural phenomena,” the group said. “We think that this information is important to understanding how people relate to their environment and that there are culturally specific understandings of these phenomena which have not been previously documented.”
The National Park Services originally announced its intention to award a $150,000 grant outside the normal competitive process to Kawerak for the supernatural study in March 2016.
The grant announcement said the study would also include “animals with transformative powers, a variety of other non-human persons, landscape features with special powers, and other similar phenomena.”
The group was given $50,000 for the project in June 2016.
A spokesperson for the National Park Service said the grant is part of the Shared Beringian Heritage Program, which dates back to the George H. W. Bush presidency, and receives $650,000 each year.
“The grant serves the program’s broader goals of fostering a climate of mutual understanding as well as natural resource and cultural connections between indigenous people of northwest Alaska and northeast Russia,” said John Quinley, a park service spokesperson. “Congress directs about $650,000 annually to the National Park Service for the program. That budget supports ongoing natural and cultural resource research conducted by a diverse group of partners including non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, tribal governments, and indigenous groups from the region.”
“This grant to Kawerak, Inc. a non-profit organization serving the interests of Alaska natives, was supported through resolutions from 17 federally recognized tribes as this project documents the validity and importance of local and traditional knowledge held by tribal members,” he said. “Individual project proposals are also vetted by a panel in Alaska prior to award by the NPS.”
Because naturally, finding Bigfoot and sea monsters will solve all our nation’s problems…
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