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Circles, Saucers and Space-Brothers

In the late 1980s, there began a deep connection between the Crop Circle phenomenon and what might accurately be termed 1950s-style Space-Brothers of the type that the likes of so-called Contactees George Van Tassel, Orfeo Angelucci and George Adamski claimed to have met. Curiously, this is an aspect of the Crop Circle puzzle this is seldom discussed; yet, it is one that I have come across on a number of occasions.

In a March 2009 article titled Dog Walker Met UFO “Alien” With Scandinavian Accent, journalist Sarah Knapton wrote in the pages of Britain’s highly-respected Daily Telegraph newspaper that the British Ministry of Defense had then-recently released into the public domain – via the terms of the nation’s Freedom of Information Act – a number of formerly-classified files on UFOs. One of those files, said Knapton, detailed the account of “a dog walker claimed she met a man from another planet who said aliens were responsible for crop circles.”

So the story went: the anonymous woman had telephoned the Royal Air Force base at Wattisham, Suffolk, in a state of considerable distress, and with a remarkable tale to tell. As the woman told the operator at the base, the incident in question had occurred while she was walking her pet dog on a sports-field close to her home near the city of Norwich at about 10.30 p.m. on the night of November 20, 1989. She had been approached by a man with a “Scandinavian-type accent,” who was dressed in “a light-brown garment like a flying suit.”

Royal Air Force documentation on the case notes the following: “He asked her if she was aware of stories about large circular flattened areas appearing in fields of wheat, and then went on to explain that he was from another planet similar to Earth, and that the circles had been caused by others like him who had traveled to Earth.” The man assured the woman that the aliens were friendly; but that “they were told not to have contact with humans for fear that they would be considered a threat.”

Quite understandably, the woman said she was “completely terrified” by the encounter, and added that after about ten-minutes the strange man left. But things were not quite over: as the woman ran for the safety of her home, she heard a “loud buzzing noise” behind her, and turned around to see “a large, glowing, orange-white, spherical object rising vertically” from behind a group of trees.

The Royal Air Force operator who took the statement from the woman said the conversation lasted about an hour and described it as a “genuine call.” But this 1989 event was not to be the end of the connection between the Crop Circle mystery and apparent Space-Brother-based manifestations.

In the summer of 1990, when interest in Crop Circles in Britain reached fever-pitch levels, a woman named Vanessa Martin spent a week roaming around the English county of Wiltshire while trying valiantly to get to the bottom of the mystery. But, rather than solve the riddle of the Crop Circles, her experiences arguably only add to the mystery and wonder. And, having met and interviewed Martin, I have to agree.

For the first couple of days of her adventure, Martin made the historic village of Avebury, Wiltshire her base of operations. While strolling around the ancient standing-stones of Avebury on the second morning of her trip, Martin says, “out of nowhere” a man approached her, and began to engage her in conversation about the Crop Circle riddle. Significantly, Martin adds that the man was “dressed in bright white overalls and had really long yellow hair” – very Space-Brother-like, in other words.

The man introduced himself as “either Heyoki or Hoyaki, one of the two; I forget which,” explains Martin. Given the fact that she was specifically in Wiltshire to try and gain a deep understanding of the true nature of the Crop Circles, Martin was more than happy to chat with someone who seemed just as interested in the subject as she was. But the long-haired Heyoki or Hoyaki was not just interested: he claimed to have the answers to the riddle.

As Martin listened intently, the man told her that Crop Circles were, indeed, as many believe them to be, the work of benign extraterrestrials – from the planet Neptune, no less. Those same extraterrestrials, Martin recalls being told, “…were trying to make us think about the world and the environment by making patterns containing messages, but without landing in front of us. They were trying to help, he said. I asked him how he knew this, and he laughed really loud – almost mad. Then he told me I should think about this and let myself understand it and take it all in, and everything would be okay. And, I swear, right after that he just vanished. I looked away for only a second and he was gone, nowhere at all. There were a few other people in the stones [sic], and I asked if they had seen him or spoken to him, but no-one had.”

The mystery-man was not destined to stay missing for long, however. The following day, Martin says, she took a trip to one of Britain’s most recognizable and historic monuments, Stonehenge.

Martin adds: “I was on one side of the road, where the fence is today, and he was on the other. He didn’t speak to me, but just gave me a big smile, pointed at the sky, and actually curtsied – like in an old film, or something. So, he obviously recognized me from the day before. He had on the same outfit, and I laughed back and waved. It was strange: right at the time, and still now, I can’t remember how he went away – if it was in a car or by walking. It was like at Avebury. He was there once and then he was gone.”

Martin’s odd experience is one that falls very comfortably into the Contactee arena: there is the presence of an unusual-looking character, dressed in a one-piece outfit and sporting a head of long, blond hair. There is the visitor’s absurd assertion that a planet in our own Solar-System – in this case, Neptune – is inhabited by advanced beings. There is the claim that the aliens are here with a specific, positive task in-mind. And, there is the near-certainty (given the fact that the man seemed to have the ability to appear and vanish at will, and without anyone else in the vicinity having any apparent awareness of his presence) that Martin’s experience occurred in some form of altered state of mind.

But, most significant of all was the name of Martin’s confidante: Heyoki or Hoyaki – which is very similar to Heyoka. And: who, or what, is Heyoka? He is a magical, trickster-style entity that is a part of the culture, folklore and mythology of a Native American Indian tribe called the Lacota, the western-most of the three Sioux groups that occupy land in North and South Dakota. To the Lacota people, Heyoka is a contrarian, a jester, who can use laughter to heal.

It is also his role to play tricks and games; and by doing so he tries to provoke people into thinking about things in an unconventional fashion. His goal is to raise awareness and consciousness in those whose paths he crosses – which seems to be precisely what Heyoki/Hoyaki was attempting to achieve in Vanessa Martin while she was studying Wiltshire’s Crop Circles…


Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.
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