The Work of Dr. Ardy Sixkiller Clarke

The published works related to close encounters by Dr. Ardy Sixkiller Clarke, professor emeritus from Montana State University, are a product of a unique and extraordinarily fruitful methodology in gathering stories of close encounters of the third and fourth kind.

These stories may in fact possibly far outstrip any “intel” any government on earth may possibly have gathered re: the “who, what, where, when, why, how” of ufos. While for now, while she is alive, these stories published in 4 books so far are presented with the story-teller and their location disguised, she did tape all her interviews, assuring the value of the stories to academics who may be chosen to be entrusted with her estate. Obviously I am imagining or presuming her plans on that front, but with an academic institution as a repository, the privacy of story-tellers would presumably remain safeguarded.

It might be difficult, on the other hand, for academics to have a full level of authentication, for Ardy reassures her story-source Tina, in chapter 20 of her third book of stories, these from urban Indians (ie those off reservations):

“I assure you, no one will ever know. I use a code to match the tape with my notes. I destroy them once I write the story, and I always disguise the location.”

In her 4th book, released the summer if 2019, she reports that she has now collected more than 4000 stories with 1,868 of them shared with her after the publishing of her 1st book in 2012.

A paragraph on the home page of her website, which is here,
gives us a summary of her background:

“Dr. Ardy Sixkiller Clarke brings to the field of ufology degrees in history, English, psychology, and educational leadership and a background as a teacher, university professor, junior college and university administrator, licensed therapist and psychologist, and social science researcher. As a Professor Emeritus at Montana State University and  former Director of the Center for Bilingual/Multicultural Education, Dr. Clarke, who is Cherokee/Choctaw, has worked with indigenous people for most of her career. Her first book in the field of ufology  was the best-seller Encounters With Star People: Untold Stories of American Indians. She is also the author of twelve children’s’ books  and the best-selling academic text: Sisters in the Blood: The Education of Women in Native America.  She lives in the middle of the Rocky Mountains in Big Sky Montana.”

Her work brought her to many Indian communities where she assisted community leaders and educators in addressing problems. (Recognized as an adept and effective grant writer, that was one of her contributing forms of service to communities.) She also helped prepare and recruit the young for college.

Clarke’s grandmother related to her “ancient legends of my people” which “included narratives that traced the origins of the people of the Americas to Pleiades; stories of little people who intervened in people’s lives; and legends about the magical gift of the DNA of the ‘star people’ that flowed in the veins of the indigenous tribes of the Earth”.

[Preface, p ix, Encounters with Star People, 2012]

She became an Assistant Professor at Montana State University in 1980 and, within the 1st year there, a collegue there revived her memory of her grandmother’s stories, sparking a renewed interest in the stories. At this point, she began wondering if other American Indians had stories to share.

Anthropologists and social scientists have 2 research methodologies: quantitative and qualitative. Also, there are 2 perspectives they can work from if doing qualitative research, as Dr. Clarke is doing: etic or emic.

Clarke [p x, preface]:
“Some anthropologists have suggested that 2 perspectives (‘etic’ and ’emic’) can be employed in qualitative research. The ‘etic’ perspective is the outsiders interpretation of the culture. An ’emic’ perspective is an insider’s point of view. Thus, as an American Indian researcher, I chose to approach the research from an insider’s perspective, an ’emic’ viewpoint.”

None of her stories are based on hypnotic recall nor dreams. In doing qualitative research by hearing out the story and then presenting it “as is”, she notes that she “made [every effort] to avoid leading questions or making inferences or suggestions.” Also: “equally important was an acceptance of the intrinsic cultural distinctions meaningful to the participants.”

In the prefaces of her books she addresses more of the factors in her methodology and those also impacting her story-tellers.

The 4 UFO-related books by her:

1) ENCOUNTERS WITH STAR PEOPLE: Untold Stories of American Indians, Anomalist Books, 2012

2) SKY PEOPLE: Untold Stories of Alien Encounters in Mesoamerica, New Page Books of The Career Press, Inc, 2015

3) MORE ENCOUNTERS WITH STAR PEOPLE: Urban Americans Tell Their Stories, Anomalist Books, 2016

4) SPACE AGE INDIANS: Their Encounters with The Blue Men, Reptilians, and Other Star People, Anomalist Books, 2019

The stories in her 1st book are from residents of American Indian reservation communities, gathered in the course of her extensive work in these communities. At the time of this book’s release in 2012, noted UFO historian Jerome Clark wrote in Fortean Times that no one else “can lay claim to the particular constellation of contacts, skills, and knowledge that make possible ‘Encounters with Star People’. Indian communities tend to be closed to outsiders, but over more than two decades, Clarke’s cross-tribal ties and sympathetic personality led her to a thousand informants willing to relate their sometimes highly strange UFO experiences”.

There are 27 stories in this first book. A long one, presented in Chapter 2, is one of my favorites for the more-detailed-than usual picture conveyed about one of the visiting civilizations. Also, I was able to figure out the 1945 crash site of the alien craft. The question of whether the Army Corp of Engineers, at the 1947 start of the Garrison Dam project in North Dakota, found and retrieved this craft is unaswered.

Sky People, the second book, is based on cases from Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and southern Mexico. The book chapters are organized by section, with 7 stories out of Belize, 3 from Honduras, 13 out of Guatemala, and 23 from Mexico. That is 46 stories.

These stories from Mesoamerica were obtained with the aid of guides that she hired from the different areas. They were carefully vetted and all were helpful in connecting her to those with encounter experiences, due to their good community connections.

As a young high school student she had become fascinated with the works of 2 early 19th Century explorers who wrote about their expedition through Central America and southern Mexico, exploring the old Mayan city sites. So, she followed the path taken by John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, as chronicled in “Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan”.

My favorite story in her 2nd book is in chapter 3, the story told by the elder (who she calls “Manuel Ruiz”) from the small Belize village also provides a good picture of an alien civilization.

The stories in her 3rd book, “More Encounters with Star People”, come from so-called “urban Indians” in the United States. That refers to Indians living off the reservations, which now is 78% of all Indians (but with the majority of “full-blooded” Indians still living in reservation communities). Back in the 1950s and 60s, the federal government had a relocation program encouraging movement off the reservations.

The stories in this volume, 39 altogether, come from doctors, teachers, administrators, businessmen, veterans, entrepreneurs, nurses, police officers, college students and leas educated elders.

Clarke found that many of these people had heard the stories from elders of early interactions with aliens. What may stand out in this volume is the new information and enhanced insight regarding the agendas and descriptions of different civilizations.

For example, in 2013 when visiting a friend who is a nurse at a North Carolina hospital, she met a doctor there who, when introduced by the nurse, recognized Ardy Clarke’s name. He had recently developed quite the UFO library (which his wife didnt like) after an accidental encounter with an alien which led to an interesting conversation between the 2. Clarke interviews the doctor in the cafetaria and his story is related in chapter 5.

The alien he encountered related that he was from an old civilization and in the course of the conversation revealed some interesting things about the work of the Grey-Insectoid abduction program. His own civilization is engaged in seeding uninhabitated worlds, with animals and willing human volunteers. The well-known Grey project, the doctor was told, involves a large-scale hybridization-cloning operation using abducted human subjects to seed other planets and something else that perhaps has not be mentioned anywhere until this volume:

“He (the alien) was aware of the abduction experiments. He told me that one group had found human body adrenal glands were a good source of longevity enhancement when mixed with other elements….”

Once the reader goes through Chapter 18 and has read the story of “Drew”, the English high school teacher who has had her eggs harvested by Greys and met her alleged hybrid offspring, they may have fallen out of their chair reading Drew’s report: “They also use adrenal glands from humans.” (Ardy tells her someone else also told her that.)

The doctor, back in chapter 5, adds a picture of the possible situation (given by the alien he visited with). Apparently other civilizations have strongly urged against himans being abducted and exploiting our adrenal glands, but there is nothing they can do aside from the so far failed attempt to help create a substitute.

“Few civilizations traveling the universe have designs on Earth…”, the doctor is told. The alien said they knew of no civilization that wanted to interfere in Earth’s affairs, “despite some of the paths taken by world leaders”. They have no intention of changing our culture, so the “several thousand” civilizations this alien is aware of “do not like the attention that human abduction has brought to the existence of space travelers.

The “intel” in her 4th book expands further (perhaps), and sharpens, the picture of what is going on. The 42 stories there are divided up into three sections where the focus in each is on different species or civilizations in interaction with specific individuals.

The 134 stories from all of her books align with the features and contours of the picture conveyed in other databases.

They provide a depth in story telling that is otherwise available only in the courageous sharing by people like Calvin Parker, Travis Walton, Whitley Strieber, Chris Bledsoe and others.

Hopefully we will learn to ease up on our idealistic and negative projections onto the visitors and grow into the capacity to see them “as is” without our mostly imagination-based hopes and fears clouding our vision.