Eatonville and Indian Legends of Mount Rainer

Eatonville, looking down on Mashell, with Mount Rainier in the background
Eatonville, looking down on Mashell, with Mount Rainier in the background

This early shot of Eatonville shows a big of the downtown with Mount Rainier in the background.

Native American Legends
Native Americans saw mountains and male or female. It turns out that depending on the legend, Mount Rainier could be either.

“The Cowlitz had two legends . . . First, Mount Rainier (Takhoma) and Mount Adams (Pahto) were the wives of Mount St. Helens (Seuq). A terrible quarrel ensued between the wives and during the course of it, Takhoma stepped on all of Pahto’s children and killed htem. The two women turned into mountains.

“Under the next legend, Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens were once separated by an inland sea. They had a fierce fight over who would rule the region, and hurled hot rocks at each other, shot flames form their sujmits and rained ash on the water between them. The birds finally intervened and took Rainier far inland, then peace settled on the land again.” (Per The Big Fact Book About Mount Rainier.)

Photo courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.

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5 responses to “Eatonville and Indian Legends of Mount Rainer”

  1. I’m thinking those Indians (oops, Native Americans) were eating some very good Peyote mushrooms !! They could have been smoking some of that wild marijuana plant in their peace pipes also !!


  2. There are no psychoactive mushrooms in Washington, and even psilocybin mushrooms were not used by coastal tribes for “vision quests” I live on what was called “The Spirit Ridge” right between Rainier and St. Helen’s (can see both from the back, and often check them for upcoming localized weather.

    A couple of days ago, I noticed at mid-day the entire snow cap of Rainier was bright red (full daylight, no clouds. Was looking for what THAT means as all the other predictors are dead on the money, and in almost 50 years I have never seen that before.

    Anybody know of the significance of this phenomenon?



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