Native American Legends


Life Amongst The Modocs

I now became almost thoroughly an Indian. The clash and struggle of the world below had ground upon my nerves, and I was glad to get away. Perhaps by nature I inclined to the dreamy and careless life of the Arabs of America; certainly my sympathies had always been with them, and now my whole heart and soul entered into the wild life in the forest. In fact from the first few months I had spent with these people–a sort of prisoner–I had a keen but inexpressed desire to be with them and them alone. (CONTINUE…)

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Mt Shasta Grizzly Legend

Before people were on the Earth, the Chief of the Great Sky Spirits grew tired of his home in the Above World because it was always cold. So he made a hole in the sky by turning a stone around and around. Through the hole he pushed snow and ice until he made a big mound. This mound was Mount Shasta. (CONTINUE…)

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Native American Historic Context

During the early historic period (i.e., early 1800’s), there were apparently five Native American groups whose territory included a portion of Mt. Shasta. Today, one of the five—the Okwanachu—apparently has no living descendents. (CONTINUE…)

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Native American Interview

Interview data clearly demonstrate that Mt. Shasta, in its entirety, continues to be held by northern California Indian peoples as a sacred entity within their physical environment. The mountain figures prominently in myths and legend that recall significant deeds of times past in general, and specifically world creation for some Native American groups. (CONTINUE…)

 

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