The Collected Stories of the People

Storm and Tree

The Rage of Loon Woman


I ask the reader to remember that I did not make all this up… That it is real but happened so long ago that there were no Human Beings on Earth… All of Creation was new and changing…

To the west, a great mountain towers over the valley and the river Adzuuma… The mountain was called Shas-taa, “always snow” and on its top there is a hot spring… Deep down at the bottom of the spring, in the middle of the mountain, there is a tiny thing, no larger than the dot at the end of this sentence… It is called Mis MIsa and by its power it holds the whole world in balance… Without Mis Misa, the World would fly apart and vanish into the void… Mis Misa also makes time happen… Without Mis Misa, the World and all Creation would be fro- zen in an instant of time and nothing would change… The Heart of the Earth would cease…

In a cave, at the base of Shasta, lived the Big Lizard, Wah wah lunneq… He hunted the woods below the snow line and was a great archer… Lizard was so powerful that his bow was made of stone, the hard black stone called Per mer yer over on the Klamath… Only Big Lizard could draw his bow and it rang like a bell when the arrow flew… He was sometimes called the Terrible One as he had lost his children and was gloomy and dark… Recently, he had traveled to the house of Aponahah to visit and find some tobacco…


The Rage of Loon Woman





Ben Note: “Loon’s Rage” is based on the Pit River story as told by Jaime DeAngulo… There are many other versions through Northern California and Oregon… The setting is the Pit River Valley near Mount Shasta… It is the Beginning of the World and the World Maker, Aponahah, has created a great Winter House for all the First People who are the ones who later became animals…



Carpenter, story teller, beloved father and brother, widower of beloved wife Tui, and an archivist collecting and archiving the narrated stories of the Native American peoples of Northern California for forty plus years.

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