I sense a strong prejudice regarding the cultural and intellectual aspects os Americans. My father's family was from South America and my mother was from Ireland. English was neither of my parent's first language. But my mother loved all things Russian and would read books about Russians and then tell us the stories about them.
My second degree was the University of Alaska, Anchorage, not prestigious but I paid for it myself. I heard Russian being spoken daily there by Russian and American-Russian students. When Magadan was hungry the Alaskans sent lot of food that way, not through the government but through private sharing agreements. The Cold War never, ever stopped person to person by boat or kayak trading between Russia and Alaska. I always had a sense that if something bad happened to Alaska that the Russian people would help us, too. Not all Americans are idiots.
Anyway what I did learn and come to accept from my parents was a strong sense of the spiritual world. I respect the spiritual world. I have had actual conversations with a few people who have had Sasquatch encounters. Most Native American tribes will tell you that they believe Bigfoot/Sasquatch is a spiritual being and definitely connected to the spiritual world and those spirits in the skies. I tend to believe them. I recently retired from the medical world, I worked in science for decades. I would never let science, rip my heart out of my chest, just to deny my spiritual nature.