I wanted to make a quick reflection on the findings made by Yowiehunters.net crew. For those of you who don’t know Yowiehunters or AYR (Australian Yowie Research) is a group of enthusiasts who seem to take their cryptid research hobby seriously and have built somewhat of reputation, but how really reputable and reliable they are is not the subject of this post. Anyway Marius Boirayon made contact with them and they went on expedition to the SI and here is their account: http://www.yowiehunters.net/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=581&view=unread
First thing I must comment is that obviously Marius did not leave a good impression on Yowiehunters:
“..he handed Mike what he claimed was a giant un-cut Diamond in which he could keep. Later that week, Mike handed it to a major Gold Coast Jeweller that confirmed it was nothing more exciting than a piece of glass?.. This was just one in a multitude of incorrect claims supplied by him. Alarm bells were ringing?.. “
“My only reservation was Marius. He was not to come.”
So Marius contacted them, asked for money, gave a false diamond and …hmmmm.
There is however something which is in favor of Marius at least in terms of story consistency and this is going to be understood only by those who read the book. This Yowiehunters post was made in 2006 and they went there in 2003. So these reported claims:
“He declared his use of an alias was not only because he was being followed, but also his phone was tapped and he had evidence that he needed to defend…”
“…had worked in several roles while living in the Islands and claimed he had the ear of the “President” and presented us with an official invitation from some Government Department…”
“…he had always stated that he could never return due to threats to his life…”
“…mining conspiracies and hidden Diamonds…”
All this goes hand in hand with the content of the Solomon Islands Mysteries book that was published in 2009.
Now something more important that must be made clear for those thinking about going to Solomon Islands for a “hike” after reading this blog.
“Their stories were fascinating while they spoke with conviction about the Giants of the forest they, and many other natives had encountered. According to the two, the Giants still remain in the centre of the Island that is very remote, hostile and hard to navigate…”
“…under no circumstances walk these tracks alone…”
“He rushed to the man and frantically explained in their language who we were and which village gave us permission to cross this border…”
“One of the main concerns to the native Solomon Islanders was the constant paranoia of Western Mining Companies raping their land for minerals, oil and Diamonds, which would desecrate their land and threaten their way of life…”
“Without prior permission to head through which was supposed to have been arranged prior to the trip; we could have been speared to death…”
“Michael had already shown a great deal of financial generosity towards them to keep us safe and they were always gesturing for more..”
“…this was all such a poorly executed expedition on behalf of our guides in which we had intrusted so much faith upon…”
I hope you see my point. And I had these dangers confirmed by a number of people who spent some time exploring SI. Giants or no giants, exploring the islands’ interior is a daunting task. Without good relationship with tribes, especially tribe elders and chiefs, good local guides, a lot of money exclusively designated for bribing you probably won’t get far and you might get your self killed. You need to understand that further inland you go there is a greater chance you will run into tribes that don’t care much about the civilized world imported to SI. They still live off the land and don’t leave the jungle premises. Will you bribe them too with money ? I don’t think so because money is of no worth to them. Supplies, clothes and everything you posses and they find interesting, that might go, but at one point you won’t have anything more to give and that can spell trouble. Don’t get me wrong, I heard from others that indigenous people are very kind and friendly, but keep in mind that you are venturing in different world looking for giants. Younger people might find that interesting and will tell you “olketa kastom” stories, but the real, quality info you can only get from village elders who from reports I got are protective and secretive about topics such as giants.
For the end of this post here is something inspirational from Yowiehunters expedition:
“During his interrogation, he asked the purpose of our visit. “The Giants” we responded. “Giants? The last Giants died ten years ago. There are no more Giants now”. The look in his eyes told a different story. He may have been able to bluff his way over the simple villagers, however it was more than apparent that this so called Holy man was nothing more than a power hungry cloak and dagger stand over from the medieval times. “There are no Giants, you must leave now. “”