Greetings Earthlings Revisited: Hairy Venezuelan Dwarfs
Where: Caracas, Venezuela
When: November 28, 1954
Witnesses: Gustave Gonzales, José Ponce, An unnamed doctor.
Artist: Simon McGarr
While Greys, Nordics, Reptoids (etc) have (over the years) hogged their fair share of headlines, an obscure, but significant, group of "visitors" has been operating somewhat under the radar (so to speak). I speak of none other than the "Hairy Dwarfs" (or "Dwarves" if you prefer) – ufology's1 most hirsute mischief makers.
The above drawing was submitted by the mighty Mr. Simon McGarr of tuppencenworth.ie fame. Since it's a photograph of a sketch (no scanners involved) Simon worried that it might be "one piece of home spun charm too much" for me. I assured him that such a thing was not possible.
There are quite a few descriptions of today's dwarfs floating around online and in print, but this one, from Kevin Randle, seems as good as any:
The creatures were described as about 3 feet tall and covered with stiff, bristly hair. They appeared to be extremely light, weighing as little as 35 pounds. The hands had retractable claws. The bodies were extremely hard.2
Randle doesn't make any mention of the creatures' eyes – an unusual omission given that "uncanny" eyes are some of the most frequently commented upon alien features (though our old friends "glowing eyes" are referred to in the account that follows).
Covering sartorial matters, Albert Rosales (on his "Humanoid Sighting Reports" page for 1954) notes that the attacking alien daringly wore "only a loincloth".3
Two truck drivers found their road blocked between Caracas and Petare (Venezuela) by a luminous sphere over 3 metres in diameter, hovering 2 metres above the ground. Coming out of the truck they met a small creature with claws and glowing eyes coming towards them. One of the witnesses, named Gonzales, grabbed the being, found it surprisingly light (about 35 pounds) and observed its body was very hard and covered with fur.
The creature pushed him back with one hand in spite of its small weight. The second truck driver rushed to the police. Two more creatures emerged from the brush and leaped into the sphere, carrying stones and other samples, while the first individual attacked Gonzalez again.
Now terrified, he tried to defend himself with a knife, but the blow did no harm to the hard skin of the entity. Then one of the dwarfs in the sphere blinded Gonzales with a light while the others re-entered the craft, which took off.5
Kevin Randle supplies a couple of details missing (possibly because they're later modifications?) from Vallée's summary.6 According to Randle, an examination of Gonzales revealed that his ordeal had left him with significant "scratches". Further "corroboration" of the story apparently arrived a few days later when an unnamed doctor revealed that he had seen the interplanetary fight but had decided (perhaps understandably) not to get involved…
While the hairy, be-loinclothed appearance and aggressive attitude of the creatures suggests a "primitive", Captain Caveman-esque nature, their "craft" and "blinding light" points to a certain technological sophistication. In addition, they were interrupted while collecting "stones and other samples" – classic alien behaviour of course, and usually taken as a sign of scientific curiosity. A curious mixture of signals.
Their apparent invulnerability to harm is not altogether unusual. In fact, case "194″ in Vallée's list describes a very similar encounter that occurred on December 10th of the same year (also in Venezuela): Two men approach a bright object near a road; Four small beings attack them; one of the men hits them with his rifle but it breaks etc. The attackers were described as "extremely strong and…covered with hair".7
One is also reminded of the famous Kelly-Hopkinsville Goblins, who responded to point blank shotgun/rifle blasts by simply flipping over and running away (before returning later, apparently unharmed). The fact that the sound of the on-target shots was reminiscent of "bullets striking a metal bucket" also suggests impressively hard bodies.
A final note – Is it just me or does Simon's sketch suggest a "Hairy Dwarf" who (having been left behind by his fellows) finds himself down on his luck, begging for Earth currency as he sits on an Earth kerb? He also seems to have "let himself go" rather, if that gut is any indication.
- Spellcheck continually "corrects" ufology as urology. It's taking the piss. [back]
- Randle, Kevin, & Russ Estes Faces of the Visitors: An Illustrated Reference to Alien Contact (New York: Fireside, 1997), p. 28. [back]
- Albert Rosales, "1954 Humanoid Reports". [back]
- Vallée, Jacques "The Pattern Behind the UFO Landings: Report on the Analysis of 200 documented observations made in 1954″ in The Humanoids, ed. Charles Bowen (London: Futura, 1974) [back]
- Ibid., p. 57. [back]
- Randle & Estes, p. 29. [back]
- Vallée, p.59 [back]
August 7, 2010