Thursday, August 13, 2015

The story of “Tahoma-Ohanapecosh” by Steve [N7GWG]

The story of “Tahoma-Ohanapecosh
and the great tree gods

    Long long ago before Mount Tahoma had its last eruption, there was a beautiful Indian Maiden from the Chinook tribe.  Her father, a Priest, a Shaman and the tribe elder had promised “Tahoma-Ohanapecosh to the strongest brave in the whole tribe, “tall Tree man”.
    One day as the beautiful “Tahoma-Ohanapecosh was walking along the powerful “River of White Waters”  She spotted her intended.
    But what she saw was very very disturbing, for “Tall Tree Man” was flirting with young “Titi-Ka-ka”, the daughter of her father's brother.
    Desperately she hid behind a large Fir tree, deathly afraid that she might be seen.  The embarrassment would be too much to bare.  So being a Shaman herself she summoned the tree gods to let her be part of this grand old tree so that “Tall Tree Man” would never know she knew of his unfaithfulness.
    But it was too late for “Tall tree Man” had discovered her hiding method, and also being a shaman cast a spell on the great Douglas fir tree god and for eternity trapped the young “Tahoma-Ohanapecosh” as part of the noble tree.
    And to this day you can see her Kneeling there, down behind the great tree.

Fictitious Story & Photography by: Steven S. Lough [N7GWG]
Geographic Location:  White River Camp Grounds, Mt Rainier National Park. Loop A, Site #A8

Check out other Native American oral traditions about Mt Rainier: Fire, Flood, and Fury PDF (3.5 MB)
(From: Living With a Volcano in Your Backyard—An Educator’s Guide with Emphasis on Mount Rainier [LINK])