Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Your Daily Giant 8/18/2013

Today's Daily Giant continues the story of explorer Paxson Hayes and the Giants of Sonora. In this photo from the San Jose News, December 31, 1935 pg 12, the description is given,

"Paxson Hayes, explorer, studies the head of a giant mummy discovered by him in a deep cave hitherto unexplored regions of Sonora, Mexico. The mummified remains were of a race 7 1/2 feet tall and preserved in excellent condition. Corn found with the mummies has been given to scientists."

Yesterday I posted a picture of the ancient city in Sonora, Mexico where the giant mummies were found. Reported in the Washington Post, July 22, 1937 is "Smithsonian Amazed at Discovery of 6 1/2-Foot Mummies in Caves." We are informed of the following about Paxson C. Hayes and G. C. Barnes from the article, "With several dozen snakes (all alive), and the burial robe of a prehistoric giant (quite dead), packed in their trailer, they stopped in Washington yesterday to promote interest in their unique fields of activity. Herpetologically speaking, their purpose in coming here from California was to present President Roosevelt with 15 Smoki snakes., 10 California and Mexican rattlers and an 8-foot baby Mexican boa constrictor, which was shedding. Marvin C. McIntyre received them at the White House, expressed gratitude and suggested the reptile house at the zoo as perhaps the best place for the snakes. Dr. Ernest P. Walker, assistant director of the Zoo, officially welcomed the snakes to their new home. That over, the visitors then dropped in at the Smithsonian Institution with the prehistoric burial robe and a four-legged stool, both of which they unearthed in a burial cave in northern Sonora, Mexico. The Californians explained that the cave, one of 18 they had discovered, contains well preserved mummies of a race which averaged over 6 1/2 feet in height (up to 8 feet tall). The caves are scattered over an area of 450 square miles. Hayes who has just returned from his fifth expedition to the caves heard about their existence from the Yaqui Indians of Mexico."

The article also shows a photo of Hayes, Barnes and Head Keeper of the Washington Zoo, William H. Blackburn as they assist a Mexican boa constrictor. I found the following information in the Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution 1937, page 74, citing additions to their collections. "Smoki People," through Paxson C. Hayes and G. C. Barnes, Prescott, Ariz., 5 Western bullsnakes, 2 red rattlesnakes, 2 Mexican rattlesnakes." This if further verification of Hayes and Barnes meeting with Smithsonian officials. Lost city, giant mummified head, and a burial robe of a giant. All three with photographs, Another case where the Smithsonian Institution should be compelled to answer questions.

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