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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

About 1800 to about 1910, Koyuk, Alaska, USA:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Fortean researcher Mark Chorvinski reported in 1990 on a story that was handed down to Lois Foster through her great-grandmother to her grandmother to her, saying three little men came to the Inuit village of Koyuk around 1800.

The great-grandmother said they came in a "silvery looking disc that sailed though the air".

The now quite elderly grandmother told she saw them during her childhood in the early 1910's. She told her granddaughter that they were very strong, able to lift heavy logs and dead deer without help, that they were stranded in the village because something was wrong with their disc, preventing them to go home.

It is said they eventually learned to speak the native language and communicated with the villagers.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001124
Date of event: From about 1800 to about 1910?
Earliest report of event: 1 or 2 centuries
Delay of report: 1990?
Witness reported via: Told from generation to generation.
First alleged record by: N/A.
First certain record by: Fortean researcher Mark Chorvinski.
First alleged record type: Fortean researcher.
First certain record type: Ufology book Philip Rife.
This file created on: February 17, 2013
This file last updated on: February 17, 2013
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Alaska
Type of location: Near an in Inuit village.
Lighting conditions: Day
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Uncertain
UFO departure observed: N/A, crash.
UFO/Entity Relation: Incertain
Witnesses numbers: 2 or more
Witnesses ages: Child, adult, aged.
Witnesses types: Inuit women.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 3
Type of entities: Humanoid or human
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: Learned witness language over the years.
Entities actions: Not reported.
Entities/witness interactions: Lived among the villagers.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, welcomed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial visitors or exaggeration or ufological distortions.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. pr1:] PHILIP L. RIFE:

The author says that according to natives stories handed down from generation to generation, in a remote Eskimo village near Koyuk, Alaska, around 1913, a "silvery disc that sailed through the air" became permanently disables, and three ufonauts were stranded there.

It was said they possessed greath strength for their size, learned the native language and lived with the Eskimo. They were described as elderly in 1913 and presumably died a few years later.

[Ref. jc1:] JEROME CLARK:

The author says a legend was handed down to Lois Foster through her great-grandmother to her grandmother, saying three little men came to the Inuit village of Koyuk around 1800. The great-grandmother said they came in a "silvery looking disc that sailed through the air". The now quite elderly grandmother claimed she saw them during her childhood in the early 1910's. She told her granddaughter that they were very strong, able to lift heavy logs and dead deer without help, that they were stranded in the village because something was wrong with their disc, preventing them to go home.

They eventually learned to speak the native language and communicated with the villagers.

Jerome Clark comments that the story is probably a conflation or traditional Inuit beliefs in little people, "as such belief is universal" - and UFO lore.

Jerome Clark says the source is Mark Chorvinski, in "Our Strange World", January 1990, in Fate, pp 17-19-22-23, 26, 28.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates that in Koyuk, Alaska, in "1805" at an unknown time, "Natives told of seeing a silver disc like object that sailed through the air and then landed. Apparently three human-looking "little men" emerged from the object and reportedly stayed in the village for a while."

The source is indicated as Mark Chorvinsky, Fate January 1990.

Points to consider:

I managed to find a picture of Lois Foster in the Quad City Herald newspaper for December 23, 1976. The article tells how she remembers Eskimo Christmas celebrations, but does not mention the UFO story. At least this proves Lois Foster was not invented:

The dates are probably not quite reliable. It can be noted that if the alleged UFOnauts came around 1800 and were still around about 1910, they sure lived longer than humans.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe February 17, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe February 17, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Very brief report, with almost no details. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe February 17, 2013 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Witnesses decased, were not interviewed by third party. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors or exaggeration or ufological distortions.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 17, 2013 Creation, [pr1], [jc1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 17, 2013 First published.

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