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LEGEND OF TRINIDAD HEAD
Once upon a time, long before the days of the white man, there was a
tribe of Indians residing in the country around what is now called Northern
Humboldt County. This particular tribe was very appropriately named,
"Chihuakalelia," which in the Indian language means, "the Stern One,"
the reason being that the customs of the tribe were very strict.
One part of this tribe lived on a plateau which was nearly two hundred
feet above sea level and extended far out into the ocean, ending in a steep
precipice. Far away, across many rivers and lakes, dwelt another tribe
of Indians, the Blackfoot tribe, which was noted for its beautiful maidens.
Now, it is said that the son of the chief of the Chihuakalelia tribe,
Dahcotah, a handsome young brave, who already wore several scalps at his
belt and was the leading athlete of the clan, fell violently in love with a
beautiful young maiden of the Blackfoot tribe. In vain did the young chief's
father and others plead against his choice. The young warrio1"s heart was
set, and he would rather go to the Happy Hunting Ground than choose
another maiden for his squaw.
In desperation, Mahta-Tatonka, his father, threatened banishment from
the tribe and hinted that Dahcotah might be wiped from the face of the
earth by the Great Spirit should he marry Iolalelo, the Blackfoot maiden.
Undaunted, the young brave set out one night in his canoe for the res-
idence of the other tribe, where he was to meet his loved one by a certain
birch-bark tree on the bank of the Klamath River. He found her waiting,
and they both paddled happily on down the river, far, far, from the homes
of their fathers.
For many days Mahta-Tatonka sat in silence in his lodge, neither eating
nor sleeping, so great was his sorrow, not only at the lcss of his only son,
but also at the disgrace brought upon the tribe by Dahcotah. One night,
sitting thus, he fell into a deep slumber and dreamed amost wonderful
dream. He dreamed that he could hear the voice of the Great Spirit, soft
as the lapping of the waters upon the shore, yet clear and distinct, speaking
to him. It seemed to say, "Move ye your tribe or thou shalt be punished
severely: thou hast angered me deeply."
Mahta-Tatonka awoke. Was it only a dream? Or had the Great Spirit
really spoken to him? He asked the advice of the oldest woman in the vill-
age, Ogillallah, who thought the wisest thing to do would be to move.
The tribe, after being told of the dream, agreed with Ogillallah, so great
was their fear of the Great Spirit's anger. The next day they moved, start-
ing on a journey of perhaps two or three hundred miles, to a land of
plenty, Where many generations lived happly afterward.
Many, many years later the lure of the old hunting grounds and the de-
sire to see the old home led those of Dahcotah's tribe to send a young
brave back to see what had become of the place of his late ancestors. ,Lo
and behold! What did he, Mena-Seela, see when he arrived? Only the
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